Edward Luck — American Author born on October 17, 1948,

Edward C. Luck is a professor, author, and expert in international relations. He served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level between February 2008 and July 2013 and was replaced by Jennifer Welsh of Canada. Previously he was Vice President of the International Peace Academy as well as the director of the Center on International Organization of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is currently the dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego... (wikipedia)

So I've gone in and out of the U.N., working on counter-terrorism, on U.N. reform, on peacekeeping, peace and security issues, many things through the years but always with a strong interest in humanitarian issues, and human rights issues as well.
I think Syria is in a particularly sensitive geopolitical position in terms of the politics of the Middle East.
Iranians are very proud and don't want to become a pariah state like North Korea.
Enormous slaughter may have been acceptable in previous centuries. It simply isn't acceptable anymore.
I've been involved in and out of the U.N. for many years - in fact my first internship was in 1971, so it goes back a couple of years!