It looks as the riots in the country become more and more fierce. Syrian troops storm Deraa, where uprising erupted - Yahoo! News But Washington (and the West as a result) is rather passive. Syria violence puts Obama in diplomatic, political tough spot - Yahoo! News But does Washington really wish to help the Syrians and to punish the dictator? So he is 'a reformer'. However, Assad's methods are rather 'conservative'. It is an interesting point. Mrs.Clinton believes that the protesters in Syria must not use violence in any form. But is it acceptable in Libya? Double standards?