Assad must transfer power and depart Syria. The regime-sponsored violence that we witnessed again in Hama yesterday is simply unconscionable. Assad has doubled down on his brutality and his duplicity and Syria will not, cannot be peaceful, stable or certainly democratic until Assad goes.U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • Saying, in no uncertain terms, that she wants Bashar al-Assad out of Syria. She emphasized that the U.S. is willing to work with the UN Security Council to reach this goal. Clinton’s latest statement comes on the heels of a massacre near Hama on Wednesday that led to the deaths of at least 78 villagers (according to UN observers), including up to 40 women and children.
I urge the Government to take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully, and for everyone involved to help create the right context for a credible political process. And this message of peace is not only for the Government, but for everyone with a gun.UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan • Speaking in the wake of the undisputedly brutal Syrian massacre over the weekend, which killed over 100 people, many of them children. (ht Al Jazeera English)
» Unspeakable carnage before a cease-fire: In the days before a planned cease-fire is to go into effect, the reports of violence appear to be worsening. Among the reports: One video that shows the aftermath of deadly shelling, another video which shows 13 people who were killed execution-style and word of a rocket attack on a bus headed from Lebanon to Syria. Each side accuses the other of ratcheting up attacks before a cease-fire is to go into effect on Thursday.