After the shock and dust settled on from the September 11, 2001 attacks--which occured just a mile from UN's Headquarters -- diplomats got down to business to craft a coordinated international response to the assault. The response that came on September 28, 2001 was among the most radical of all UN resolutions ever passed.
As expected a Western sponsored Security Council resolution on Syria faced a double veto by Russia and China. The last best chance for a political solution to this crisis was dealt a fatal blow. Time to start again from scratch.
News is coming quickly from Syria. What we know so far is that 1) four top Syrian officials were killed in the attack. 2) Syrian rebels have claimed credit for it. These developments in Damascus come as the Security Council has been mired in tense and intense negotiations back in New York.