Mainstream media is today reporting on the Syrian massacre Friday May 25, 2012, and many are including terrible images. Syria is proving a tricky one for world leaders to resolve. In some ways it would seem that the West has turned a blind eye to the civil war raging in that country.
Part of the problem is what to do and how. Russia and China continue to use their veto at any UN votes on intervention which leaves few options. Of course world leaders could choose to wade in as they have done in the past in countries such as Iraq but the outcome this time could be more than damaged reputations. UK PM Tony Blair lost all credibility once he joined forces with US President George Bush and untilised Bill Clinton.
If you coldly look at the crisis in Syria it is plain to see that many world leaders fear action. Most of these leaers are facing elections this year and people have no stomach for yet another damaging War. In some ways then the UN vetoes give these leaders a breathing space. However, in truth, they could be wringing their hands, frustrated that they are unable to act further.
But all of this of course does nothing to help the people of Syria.
In Houla Friday more than ninety people were killed including 32 children. Images displayed on the front page of Sunday Tabloids in the UK show the terrible truth. They include bodies with their throats cut and skulls split open, What is the truth is still hard to ascertain though. The Syrian regime are still attempting to blame ongoing killings on terrorists or insurgents whilst the rebels claim the regime is responsible. The military are still using heavy weaponry in residential areas which has been widely condemned.
Friday's massacre came after skirmishes between Syrian forces and protesters. A protester was killed which led to both sides fighting on the streets. The military brought out the big guns and waded in causing mayhem in a residential area. UN observers are finding that their work in Syria is unmanageable. They appear to be having little impact but things could be much worse without their presence.
The Syrian regime continues to say that it will respond to violence with violence. Propaganda is rife and determining the truth is almost impossible. There is no denying the deaths in Houla though and the thousands more who have died since the Syrian uprising in 2011.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog