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The violence in Syria seems to be escalating every day take a look at the latest amateur and the -- of homes.
Activists saying hundreds have been killed in these attacks by a -- forces over just the last week.
They chaos is now spreading to the city of -- left always twin bombings killed at least 25 people leaving many more injured.
The deteriorating situation drawing many comparisons to the violent uprisings that led to the killing of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi.
Check out these facts from our Fox News -- -- in Libya.
An estimated 1000 people were killed in the violence before a -- -- no fly zone went into effect.
32 days after major protests began there.
In Syria the UN says more than 5400.
People died in the brutal -- government crackdown.
And it's been eleven months since the uprising began.
Would no no fly zone or other international intervention.
For -- the UN quickly approve that resolution for a no fly zone in Syria the UN has been unable to adopt any resolution.
China and Russia have been holding -- no coincidence that those nations have close ties to Iran which is Syria's biggest ally.
John Bolton is the former US ambassador to the UN he is also a Fox News contributor.
Michael seeing is the former senior director of the Middle Eastern of of Middle Eastern affairs at the National Security Council.
Currently the managing director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy gentlemen welcome thanks for being with us.
We intervened in Libya we haven't in Syria -- -- Well I think the central reason might -- is the presence of Iran.
Assisting the aside dictatorship stay in power.
That just to be clear my view is we should overthrow the -- government and overthrow the regime in Tehran.
But I don't think that President Obama has either the intention or frankly the will.
To get engaged in Syria because I don't think he wants to take a run on and I doubt he could carry through on it.
So I think the prospect here is the civil war is likely to continue in this very bloody and brutal fashion for some time to come.
It it seems like.
Because the Chinese and the Russians have issued a V two vetoes in the Security Council.
Are we left absolutely powerless we just have to watch the Syrian slaughter their own people.
Well John you know it's it's undoubtedly the case says investor -- said that you know Syria is far more important to our strategic interest in Libya -- But there are many things which make it harder to intervene in Syria.
I think though there's actually commonality here between the Libya in the Syria cases which is that.
It's -- remember the US was reluctant to intervene in Libya.
And in fact it's only when all the stars aligned -- that Arabs were calling for it the Libyans themselves were calling for it.
And -- Russians and Chinese dropped their objections that finally the United States and President Obama got on board and even then in a sort of minor way.
And so Syria would really require US leadership in a difficult situation and we just haven't seen -- at this point well leadership is called for in difficult times as well as easy times I mean it it seems like you're both saying mr.
That it was easy to go into Libya it would be difficult to go into Syria.
But that's true but but let's also look at what's happened in -- since -- intervention.
It's one thing to remove Gadhafi and I certainly supported that it's another to leave a stable functioning representative government afterward and we have not done that.
So I think the outcome in Libya is only partially successful it's very easy to get into one of these situations.
Very hard to see it through and in the case of Syria because of the maligned presence of -- run even more difficult.
Michael I want to talk for a moment about news coverage you know we had news crews in Libya right up until you know the bombs started falling.
Let me play short clip of that.
It actually -- eyes on here or.
Steve Harrigan Leland -- David Lee Miller doing great work there are showing what the conditions were inside that country the Syrians seem to have learned from that they don't let anybody.
In that country in their own country they don't let the world press see the kinds of atrocities.
I'm just I'm just curious it seems like they're almost getting rewarded for their bad behavior.
Michael well I this is this is indeed one of the differences here and and certainly -- has learned lessons from the fall of Qaddafi in the fall Mubarak.
I -- of the Libyan opposition was obviously very well organized and well disciplined.
And they had this base of operations ending -- where journalists could go and where even US officials could go to coordinate with them.
Near the Syrian opposition doesn't have any of those benefits and all we're seeing are sort of amateur videos coming out of the country.
Again -- we have to make sure that we don't allow that it too deeply affect the way we look at the situation we have to see our interest in Syria which are quite deep and act on that basis.
All right so if we have interest in Syria mr.
ambassador what do we do now just stand by and watch the slaughter continued.
Well I think if we.
Had an administration that was prepared to as former secretary of state Alexander -- used to say go to the source.
That this is an important point.
Dispute with Iran and to help control the spread of Iran's influence over the Middle East you know in many respects Syria is a proxy battle.
Between Iran on the one side in the Sunni Arabs led by Saudi Arabia.
On the other.
And I think it defeat in Syria could have enormous consequences.
For the regime in Iran but I say again I just don't think the Obama administration.
To be -- has the backbone to carry this through successfully and I would hate to see.
America get involved in a significant way and then find ourselves in retreat.
Ambassador John Bolton and Michael -- thank you.
Thank you thanks.
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