My God (content warning):
Across Houla, an anti-regime suburb of Homs, images emerged indicating people there had been treated like something less than animals. The bodies of 108 people killed, most of them women and children, filled rooms, rugs and the backs of trucks.
Children were missing limbs. Others suffered gaping head and chest wounds. Images showed children sprawled on blood-stained floors, their lifeless eyes staring into oblivion, their clothing torn and stained crimson. While many young victims were apparently shot, there were reports that children had been stabbed to death or attacked with axes.
U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the United States was horrified by “credible reports” of the massacre, “including stabbing and ax attacks on women and children.”
In one video posted online, a man shows a room full of dead bodies covered with sheets. He pulls back one and asks Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a pointed question: “Here are the children. What was their crime, Bashar? What was their crime, Arabs?”
Here’s the worst thing: there’s not much we can do about this. The UN is proposing another strongly worded letter. Sanctions are still going. Several countries have expelled Syrian diplomats. But I don’t see these doing much. Short of invasion or arming the resistance (assuming we can do either), we have few options beyond being horrified.
What is telling is the inability or unwillingness of Syria’s neighbors to do anything about this. Indeed, most the horrors that go on the world go on with nearby nations simply looking the other way. As long as they are massacring their own people, everyone is kind of fine with it.
Don’t expect things to get better anytime soon.