The key out of this mess is Samantha Power
Two years ago, around this time of year, I was covering the U.N. General Assembly in New York as the world was trying to grasp the portents of the Arab spring. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, directly across the street, was dominated by supporters of a Palestinian State. But over on Second Avenue, a Syrian-American teenage girl from New Jersey had wrapped herself in a Syrian flag, a 21st century “Columbia”-like vision. She was begging busy New Yorkers to take her homemade flyers that asked us to pay attention to Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on dissenters. She had few takers.
Now, two years and 100,000 dead Syrians later, we are gearing up to pay attention the only way, post -September 11 we know how -- with a military attack.
Even as the latest report from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees describes a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions on the ground in and around Syria, President Obama wants Congress to sign off on his firing of face-saving Tomahawk missiles to make a rhetorical point about the use of chemical weapons against civilians.