Last month the people Syria began anti-government protests in an effort to become more involved in the direction of their nation. Al-Assad has run Syria since the death of his father Hasef al-Assad, who was in power for 29 years.
Syria is the latest country involved in what last year became known as the “Arab Spring” movement, which saw political protests all over the Arab World with results ranging from brutal crackdowns as in Syria to the
collapse of long standing dictatorial regimes as in Egypt.
While Clinton’s remarks were for the world in general, they were particularly targeted at Russia, who, as a member of the UN Security Council has veto power and can block any UN resolutions against Syria… a country with whom
they have strong economic ties… upwards of $24 billion.