Another week has come and gone, and another deadline has been missed by the Assad regime. Still no deal in place on ending their violence against protesters, or allowing international observers into the country, the Arab League is expected to impose even more sanctions on Syria in response.
The latest deadline came after a flurry of last second reports that the regime was still hammering out a last second deal with the Arab League, and was expected to endorse Arab League monitors. The endorsement never happened.
Of course the Syrian government had already promised to admit the monitors in November, but never actually let them enter the country. At the time they insisted the monitors would prove that violence was nowhere near as high as it was claimed in the international media, but then called off the deal when violence soared in the first few days after the deal.
Syria’s state news agency insists that the killing of civilians, despite being well documented, is a myth fabricated by “terrorists” aimed at forcing the regime out of office. They’ve also accused the Arab League of plotting against the government on behalf of the US and Israel.