Houla

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.

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

    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.

    Which neighbors would that be? Jordan? Lebanon? Iraq? Perhaps you meant the Kurds might step in.
    Certainly not Turkey as it, at the moment, is a secular nation of Sunni Arabs. The ruling party and Assad himself are Alawi Arabs very closely aligned with Shiite Iran.
    And I might add both Syria and Iran are close allies of the re-emerging ‘wanna be’ super-power of Putin’s Russia.

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  2. Mississippi Yankee

    Arab League? Ya mean this Arab League?

    The Arab League (Arabic: الجامعة العربية‎ al-Jāmiʻa al-ʻArabiyya), officially called the League of Arab States (Arabic: جامعة الدول العربية‎ Jāmiʻat ad-Duwal al-ʻArabiyya), is a regional organisation of Arab states in North and Northeast Africa, and Southwest Asia (Middle East). It was formed in Cairo on 22 March 1945 with six members: Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan (renamed Jordan in 1949), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Yemen joined as a member on 5 May 1945. The Arab League currently has 22 members (including Syria, whose participation was suspended in November 2011). -WiKi-

    Ah yes, mostly Saudi money (cause none of those other mooks have any) backing revolution anywhere but Saudi Arabia.Yanno, NIMBY. I’m sure they want to fuck with Iran’s ally too.

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  3. Seattle Outcast

    This sort of thing is just how it works – human history is stuffed with examples that would make this look tame. Pol Pot, for example, killed millions of innocents.

    People are a lot worse than we like to believe….

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  4. HARLEY

    Arab League. They were big on toppling LIbya.

    the arab league, has made a lot of noise, even tried to get the various anti Syrian gov leaders together , but that fell apart. They even sponsored Kofi Annan to visit Syria in February, but that failed to achieve anything. Overall it seem the arab league really doesn’t have much heart in this. bidding their time maybe, or wanting to see which rebel group breaks big, that way they can back a winning horse. Given the cluster fuck that Libya has turned into, they are playing it cautious.

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