TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has blasted Russia and China as “despicable” for opposing U.N. action aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria. In his most forceful words to date on the Syrian crisis, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. and its allies would use “every tool available” to end the bloodshed by the government of President Bashar Assad.
While the Tunisia conference offered nothing other than the threat of increasing isolation and sanctions to compel compliance from Assad, Clinton went on to predict a military coup inside Syria of the kind that ended the old regimes in Egypt and Tunisia. “We saw this happen in other settings last year, I think it is going to happen in Syria,” she told reporters at the end of the meeting. “We also know from many sources that there are people around Assad who are beginning to hedge their bets — they didn’t sign up to slaughter people.”
“It’s quite distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto while people are being murdered — women, children, brave young men — houses are being destroyed,” she said. “It is just despicable and I ask whose side are they on? They are clearly not on the side of the Syrian people.”