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vendredi 1 juin 2012

Unclear if Houla massacre a Syria turning point, experts say

In the wake of the killing of more than 100 women, children and other civilians in the Syrian town of Houla, the United States, Britain and other countries moved to expel Syrian diplomats, and the State Department decried the slayings as an “absolutely indefensible, vile, despicable massacre.” U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan said the Syrian crisis has reached a tipping point, calling the killings “shocking.”

But it isn’t clear yet whether the massacre will be a turning point for the international community to take more aggressive steps or just the latest atrocity condemned by onlookers worldwide.

“How is this going to stop the violence?” one reporter repeatedly asked U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland after the decision to expel Syrian charges d’affaires Zuheir Jabbour.

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