We will not accept less than the removal of the criminal Bashar al-Assad and changing the regime and holding the murderers accountable.Badr Jamous, secretary-general of the Syrian National Coalition • Offering his thoughts on the next round of diplomatic talks aimed at ending the civil war that’s ravaged Syria for the last three years. Few observers actually expect the talks, dubbed “Geneva-2” to be any more successful than the “Geneva-1” talks that failed 18 months ago. But, with roughly one-third of the country’s population displaced from their homes — not to mention more than 130,000 confirmed casualties — many diplomats are hoping that they can at least get the two sides to agree on some basic guidelines that might ease civilian suffering. source
While the world’s attention is on ensuring that Syria’s government can no longer use chemical weapons against its population, we shouldn’t forget that Syrian government forces have used conventional means to slaughter civilians. Survivors told us devastating stories of how their unarmed relatives were mowed down in front of them by government and pro-government forces.
Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch.
The other “red line.”