Moved by escalating violence in Syria, European leaders warned Tuesday that they will impose new sanctions on Damascus unless President Bashar al-Assad halts his bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
The warnings reflected a growing sense of outrage in European capitals since Assad sent tanks and armored personnel carriers into the rebellious southern city of Daraa on Monday, firing at youths in the street and inflicting a death toll estimated by human rights activists at two dozen.
The killings brought to more than 400 the number of demonstrators killed since the country erupted in anti-government agitation in mid-March. In addition, the use of army tanks was taken as a signal of Assad’s willingness to resort to even more bloodshed in seeking to restore order.
The West invaded Libya, Kuwait and Iraq to "protect democracy" . . . and our oil supplies.
Syria has no significant oil reserves.
The West threatens Syria with sanctions.