Thoughts on the world: Turmoil in Syria

Sabine Cherenfant, Opinion Editor

It has been a few weeks since Syria has been the topic of conversation with Syrian President Bashaar Al-Assad alleged crackdown on protesters against his administration.
The city of Homs located in the West side of Syria has been the center of the 2011-2012 uprising against Al-Assad. Now hundreds of people, including children, have died from this four-week, constant attack on the city of Homs.
The Syrian army has been continually bombing Homs, and the shortage of food and medical supplies has intensified. As casualties rise, it becomes more difficult for the outnumbered doctors to treat people.
In a report by Marie Colvin to CNN, Colvin followed the slow death of an injured baby whom doctors found untreatable. After he drew his last breath, his father lied painfully next to him. Colvin, the journalist, also died later on from another attack, along with a young French photographer called Remi Ochlik.
According to Boni Basu of CNN, approximately 9,000 people have died during the 11-month revolt against Al-Assad.
The turmoil in Syria has created great tension among some Western countries, the Arab League, Russia, and China. Russia and China have twice vetoed a U.N. Resolution that would allow U.N. peacekeepers to enter Syria.
According to The Telegraph, Russia and China did not support the U.N. resolutions because they were found too partial and did not make any reference to disarming the Al-Assad opposition. This deplorable situation in Homs has with no doubt raise a serious question. When is it okay to intervene in a sovereign state?
As Russian diplomats suggested, a U.N. intervention on Syria will certainly undermine the sovereign state of Syria, but is it appropriate to stand by and do nothing?