The stories out of Syria are utterly heartbreaking. The government of Bashar al-Assad has been shelling civilians indiscriminately in what can only be a desperate act to maintain control. Brutality has worked for the regime in the past, but this has taken it to a new level. It has become a civil war, with Arab nations openly arming the Syrian National Council that is likely to be recognized as the legitimate government by an international panel.
We do not know much about what is happening in Syria because the news blackout has been very effective. What we do know is that outside of that nation things may be hardening rapidly. This highlights the limits of what the USofA can do in a world of revolution – and also the great opportunities if we change how we do things.