“For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.”

— from a White House statement issued Aug. 18, 2011, a year ago Saturday. Bashar Assad continues as Syria’s president, war crimes continue to be committed on both sides of the 17-month old conflict, more than 20,000 people have died, and the U.S. continues its exhortations from the sidelines.

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