In Syria, a country that Americans once cared about, the civil conflict has killed close to 500,000 people, divided the nation, and left 90% of the population living in poverty.
An American base in northeast Syria was the target of a rocket strike last week, which the Pentagon has verified and denounced. Even though there were no victims, the cycle of bloodshed in a nation torn apart by civil war is probably not over. Six million Syrians, according to the UN, are in danger this winter. While aid to Syria is essential, there are numerous other actions that the international community must take right away. The cross-border resolution that permits NGOs to ship aid from Turkey into the opposition-controlled northwest of Syria must be renewed by the United Nations Security Council.