Mixed Reactions

It was a hot-button trial that drew comparisons to the proceedings against George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The outcome, however, was vastly different.

The jury in the case of Michael Dunn found him guilty Saturday night on four charges, including three of attempted second-degree murder, but they couldn’t reach a verdict on the most significant charge — first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The decision came of the eve of what would have been Davis’ 19th birthday.

U.N.-sponsored peace talks for Syria ended at an impasse Saturday with few signs that the parties would resume their negotiations, as the Obama administration lashed out in frustration at Russia, accusing it of prolonging the conflict.

“They can’t have it both ways,” a senior Obama administration official said of Russia, which is Assad’s principal international backer but also supported the U.S. idea of inviting both sides to the negotiations. Russia can’t say it wants that peaceful approach and a “happy Olympics,” while it is also “part and parcel of supporting this regime as it kills people in the most brutal way,” the official said.

Seizing on Russia’s role as host of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the official said that country was being disingenuous in its approach to the conflict in Syria, where three years of violence has claimed 140,000 lives.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the agenda for an unusual meeting Saturday in California between President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, at which the tow leaders discussed the failing international efforts to broker peace and ease desperate conditions in Syria.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Saturday that a police manhunt was under way for Leopoldo Lopez, the hard-line opposition leader behind antigovernment demonstrations that ended with three deaths.

The socialist president’s announcement came amid dueling pro-government and student-led opposition demonstrations held in different parts of the capital, Caracas.

Lopez “ordered all these violent kids, which he trained, to destroy the prosecutor’s office and half of Caracas and then goes into hiding,” Mr. Maduro told thousands of supporters at a rally to denounce what he called a U.S.-backed, “fascist” plot to oust him from power. “Turn yourself in coward.”

There are a lot of mixed reactions around the world to this. Some people will find an excuse to hate something and everyone will have differing opinions. There has never been any decision made in the history of the world that did not have any opposition at all. This is something that will happen long into the future. Some people oppose decisions that are popular and some people oppose decisions that are unpopular. No matter what you do, you will still not find a decision that ever had 100% support among all stakeholders without some degree of resentment involved internally.

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