On the weekend before last, the United Nations General Assembly voted, 133 to 12, for a resolution that condemned the violence in Syria and called for a "political transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people."

The vote showed just how isolated the Assad government is not only in the international community but among fellow Arab countries. Yet, China joined Syria in opposing the resolution, along with a handful of countries that included Russia, Cuba, Iran and North Korea.

The resolution also criticized the "failure of the Security Council to agree on measures to ensure the compliance of Syrian authorities with its decisions."