On October 2nd in Istanbul, Syria¿s disparate opposition movements gave the go-ahead for the formation of a ¿Syrian National Council.¿ This is the most important step yet taken by the fragmented forces that have been trying since May to lead a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad¿s regime. The Council¿s formation boosted the morale of those who have been demanding stronger and more unified representation.
But a mere two days after its creation, the embryonic Council suffered its first big setback. France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Portugal, in collaboration with the United States, presented a draft resolution before the United Nations Security Council seeking to condemn repression in Syria and put an end to the use of force against civilians.
The draft was a sugarcoated version of a previous text, proposed last June. This one contained nebulous terms such as ¿specific measures¿ or ¿other options.¿ It stressed the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Syria, and emphasized the...