Clinton condemns "deplorable" reports of Syria
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on youtube on April 24, 2012, purportedly shows a UN observer from Morocco speaking with an opposition leader during a visit to the restive city of Homs.
April 24th, 2012
04:48 PM ET

Clinton condemns "deplorable" reports of Syria

By Jill Dougherty

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that it is “absolutely deplorable” if reports are true and Syrian forces are harassing, arresting and possibly killing civilians who have approached United Nations observers in the country.

Clinton said she had just seen comments to that effect by Ahmed Fawzi, spokesman for Kofi Annan, the U.N./ Arab League joint special representative on Syria.

"It is absolutely deplorable if there is this kind of intimidation and harassment and possible violence against those Syrians who have every right to meet with and discuss the situation with the monitors. That's what the monitors are there for," Clinton said.

"Syria is at the crossroads," she continued. "I strongly condemn the reports that we heard earlier today and want to be kept totally informed about what is happening inside Syria, because the entire world is watching. The Syrian government made a commitment to not only permit the U.N. monitoring mission to move forward but to work on the Kofi Annan plan. We expect them to comply."

The secretary of state also said the U.S. is preparing "additional steps" in case the violence continues or if the U.N. monitors are prevented from doing their work.

Last week, after conferring with international partners at a Friends of Syria meeting in Paris, Clinton said the U.S. could seek a Chapter VII resolution at the U.N. Security Council to pressure the Syrian government.

"We need to start moving very vigorously in the Security Council for a Chapter 7 sanctions resolution, including travel, financial sanctions, an arms embargo and the pressure that that will give us on the regime to push for compliance with Kofi Annan’s six-point plan," Clinton said Friday.


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  1. rrnusa

    Friends for me this is not about being fans of the Clinton's. This is about the realty that right now is the actual mood in this country. We can be real about it or we can be like the conservatives in 08 and stick to Sarah Palin wishful thinking plan only in our case its Barack Obama wishful thinking plan.
    How many states have put laws on the books about abortion, gays, immigration, faith in government, which are all hurting civil right and are even re-defining the first amendment? How many times has faith crossed the line into civil laws in the states? More of these kinds of laws have been done SINCE Obama's election then was done BEFORE his election. This is because the Obama network can only focusing on the Federal offices. They do not have a network in place to be able to do anything else. That takes decades of hard work to create such a network and none in the Obama camp have done that. I am looking down the road at the next 4 years of across the board government in my country and going OH MY unless we find a solution we are going to see even worse laws get passed until they will be strong enough to be done on a national level.
    The Clinton's have that network in place now with three Presidential campaigns behind them and decades of hard work but we need a rally point that will help all those state candidates. If Hillary announced, overnight you would see endorsements going back and forth for key governorship's, state legislatures and other local and federal offices. We could avert a red state country and turn it into a blue states country. This en-turn would even encourage the Republican Party leadership to abandon the tea party and tamper down the Christian Right. They want to so bad even now but the silent majority has not shown them cause to. Many are saying even now that Berry Goldwater was right about these people taking over our party. If we wait until 2016 there will be no shot for any of us including Hillary Clinton!
    No matter if Mitt or Obama is elected it turns out the same on state level elections. So for me this is about stopping a teavanglist take over not a Hillary Clinton fan club or bitter still about 08 things. If there were an Obama network or another person network who could do what the Clintons could do in stopping that take over I would be writing for them. No one else has done the hard work over decades like the Clintons. I can’t think of another name besides Hillary Clinton that can give us what we absolutely must have right now to stop these people. If you can give me a better name I am all ears! The reality mood of this country says Barack Obama can't get it done, heck he will be lucky to just get himself re-elected let alone help anyone else. This is not a time to chill Hillary. Those laws are coming! That is unless we all find the courage do what it takes to harness the silent majority of the country for actionable results that can keep those laws from being presented

    April 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  2. Billy

    Hillary Clinton is a useless fucking cunt!

    And this is from a guy who votes Democrat.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
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    April 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  4. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Pudendal Cleft

      The day is coming when comments like that will be 'rewarded' with a late night knock on the door. Enjoy your eroding freedom while it lasts.

      April 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  5. Prometheus

    But she has the gall to ignore Israeli attrocities??

    April 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  6. Tom

    We need an arms embargo? Is she joking? What is this country doing arming the World? Oh that's right. We have more weapons of mass destruction(biological, chemical and nuclear) than any other two countries on the face of the Earth and we want them all to have weapons so we can have a reason to get even more.

    April 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • Prometheus

      Ask yourself, what can you do about it?

      If the citizenry doesn't rebell when their government becomes criminal, the citizenry shares in the responsibility.

      April 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  7. Prediction

    Dream of a World at peace.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • Stan

      Have fun with your dreams. I deal in reality. War is the ordinary condition of man.

      Anyone who clings to the historically untrue – and thoroughly immoral – doctrine 'that violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedom. ~ R. Heinlein

      April 25, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply

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