(CNN) – The crackdown on anti-government protesters by Syrian forces escalated in recent days as demonstrators, emboldened by weeks of protests, called for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. The crackdown culminated with the raid in Daraa where thousands of troops reportedly stormed the city and opened fire on demonstrators.
The United States is lobbying the United Nations to address Syria's human rights abuses. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council is expected to take up the issue, and Washington is seeking to block Syria's efforts to join the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, where members are meeting Friday.
How will the United States react to Syria, and why is President Obama handling the Syria situation differently than Libya?
Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, a former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco and presidential advisor on the Middle East, talks to AM’s Christine Romans and Ali Velshi about U.S. foreign policy response to unrest in the Middle East.