Is the Arab League willfully losing Syria?

In recent years, the Arab League had gained a certain amount of legitimacy and it seemed its days as a “paper tiger” were in the past. From its decision to place the mission under the leadership of Sudanese Lt. Gen. Mustafa al-Dabi to its complacency in acknowledging human rights violations, the League is under scrutiny.

According to Der Speigel, Mustafa characterized some insurgent stronghlds as “a bit of a mess,” an assessment countered by on-the-ground testimony of video footage of a brutal crackdown by Syrian forces.

Furthermore, as noted in The Atlantic, Mustafa has been the focus of allegations that he participated in war crimes in Sudan during the 1990s. Mustafa has remarked that the Syrian mission could take some time, but given the volatility and uncertainty in the region, time is not on the side of the Syrians or the global community. The question is whether the Arab League – and the broader international community – will take any action to hold its leadership accountable.

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