In the countdown to the Syrian peace talks due to convene in Switzerland on 22 January, the failure of the international community to intervene effectively in Syria’s metastasizing civil war has led to some harsh and unusually public Saudi criticism of both the UN and the US.

The Saudis in October turned down a Security Council seat on the grounds that the deadlock over Syria was “irrefutable evidence and proof of the inability of the Security Council to carry out its duties and responsibilities.” (CONTINUED - 899 WORDS)