The United Nations will no longer sit idly by and watch the violence escalate in Syria. During the past 14 months, over 9000 people have died in government sanctioned actions against protesters. In it's boldest move yet, the UN has now labeled the situation "Unacceptable". This is step up from the UN's previous status of "Worsening".
While the new Crisis Condition comes with no actual sanctions, involvement or actions to protect civilians, it is the most daring the UN has been since it raised the risk level to "Intolerable" during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Syrian officials have yet to respond although Middle East experts predict no change will occur until the UN defines the situation as "Unforgivable".
"From there it's just one step to 'Horrific' which is very serious," said Arman Begosian, a professor of Arab Studies at Georgetown University. "At the status of 'Horrific' neighboring countries really start to take notice of what's going on, and may even have their representatives ask questions like 'So, what's going on?', 'Are things as bad as they sound?' and 'This isn't going to cause trouble for us is it?' "
President Obama is reported to be requesting a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to try and avert the crisis expected should the UN raise the threat level to the highest level: "Somebody Should Really Do Something!"