Saturday, May 26, 2012

Syrian Opposition Claims Government Massacre in Village of Houla

I've favored regime change for a while now, and I don't say that casually. But the world's response is pathetic.

At Telegraph UK, "32 children among 90 dead in Syrian government 'massacre'":
More than 90 people, including 32 children, have been killed in a Syrian government "massacre", as William Hague calls for an urgent session of the United Nations Security Council.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Friday's shelling in the city of Houla, in central Homs province, had led to what seemed to be one of the bloodiest episodes so far of the 15-month long uprising.

The Head of UN team in Syria confirmed over 32 children, 60 adults killed in Friday artillery attack.

Unconfirmed amateur videos posted by activists on YouTube showed around 20 bodies, mostly young children, lying in a room. One man holds up the limp body of a boy aged around seven, a gaping hole punched in the lower portion of his face. "This child, what did he do to deserve this?", he shouts.

Other footage shows the corpses of men and women lying under patterned blankets, including what is said to be one entire family. "We're being slaughtered like sheep here," says one voice. "Where are the UN observers?" adds another.
Also at the New York Times, "U.N. Observers View Bodies in Syrian Village," and Guardian UK, "Syria: children slaughtered as regime unleashes 18-hour attack on town."