U.N.: Diplomacy Please in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday asked for a diplomatic response in Syria, despite the evidence that much of the Security Council is headed for military strikes as evidence mounted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible for a chemical-gas attack that killed hundreds last week. “Here in Peace Palace, let us say: give peace a chance. Give diplomacy a chance,” Ban said at The Hague. But Britain has already drafted a U.N. resolution to present to the Security Council on Wednesday calling for “authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians” in Syria. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, meanwhile, will spend the next two days meeting with Asian defense leaders in Brunei in a push to make sure those ties are still strong.