"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY."
--Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

(ANSAmed) - New York, July 19 - The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said the U.S. would continue to work outside the confines of the UN Security Council to put pressure on the Syrian government.

Yet try as I may, I cannot take Ms Rice and the United States seriously here, because the US sets the world’s gold standard on using vetoes in the Security Council to shield criminal activity — by Israel in particular. I am not sure if Ms Rice and the US government think the world is stupid or merely perpetually servile to American swagger.

According to a Sunday report by the Turkish Anadolu Agency, Ankara also deployed troop carriers along the border with Syria.
A train convoy transporting several missile batteries arrived in the southeastern province of Mardin on Sunday.
The report comes at a time when relations between Ankara and Damascus have deteriorated

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Western powers on Friday not to take unilateral action against the Syrian government outside the UN Security Council.