Clinton: How Do We Help Syrians Defend Themselves?

Just a few days ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Tunis, Tunisia, meeting her counterparts from dozens of countries and issuing an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad to silence his guns and allow in humanitarian aid.

While in Morocco, before flying home to Washington, D.C., Clinton talked to NPR’s Michele Kelemen.

As Syrian tanks continue to batter homes and no aid is getting in, Clinton was asked what do the friends of the Syrian people do now?

“We have to continue to consult with those who are truly friends of the Syria people,” Clinton answered. “Which of course includes the United States, and the many governments and organizations that gathered in Tunis on Friday. We are doing everything we can to facilitate humanitarian aid.”

She added the United States and others must continue to “ratchet up the pressure” because Syria “is an increasingly isolated regime.”

And Clinton said nations must “push for a democratic transition by working with, and trying to build-up the opposition so they can be an alternative.”

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