Editorial, The New York Times | July 20, 2011
While Secretary Clinton said that President Assad had “lost legitimacy,” European ministers sent him another implicit lifeline, urging him to implement promised reforms. ++ "So long as Washington and Europe send mixed messages, Moscow and the Arab League will feel no pressure to change — and Mr. Assad will believe he can hang on." ++ It is high time to "expand existing sanctions that include travel bans and asset freezes." ++ Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands should not buy Syrian oil anymore.