The UN process and membership is not conducive to reining in rogue nations because there are too many borderline nations that have the power to undermine resolutions there. Probably everyone knows that, but it is worth repeating.
To check Syria’s use of chemical weapons by imposing a no-fly zone will require coalition supported action. That too is very obvious as we have been down this road before.
One difference can be the amount and degree of engagement by coalition partners in the process, mostly on the ground after the no-fly zone has been established. American citizens would probably want to see greater involvement by France to back up President Hollande's’ words on the matter.
Once again, Russia has firmly established itself as an enemy of American interests. Formal consideration should be given to how to punish Russia for their incorrigibility.
Fox News reported the details this afternoon.
The trouble with the UN is that they just take too long and their actions are untimely, ineffective, and costly as measured in loss of innocent lives.
“US prepares to bypass UN on Syria response
Published August 28, 2013
The State Department made clear Wednesday that the Obama administration plans to bypass the United Nations Security Council as it prepares for a possible strike on Syria, after having failed to win support from Russia.
In blunt terms, department spokeswoman Marie Harf said last-ditch efforts to win support for an anti-Assad resolution at the U.N. were unsuccessful, and the U.S. would proceed anyway.
"We see no avenue forward given continued Russian opposition to any meaningful council action on Syria," she said. "Therefore, the United States will continue its consultations and will take appropriate actions to respond in the days ahead."
Earlier in the day, the U.S. and its allies tried to advance a resolution from Great Britain condemning the alleged chemical attack last week in Syria, and authorizing "necessary measures to protect civilians." The Russian delegation, traditional supporters of the Assad government, immediately complained about the resolution during the discussions at U.N. headquarters in New York."