Syrian troops fired on refuges in Turkish territory Tuesday and
executed more than 100 people in Syria as Syrian President Bashar
Assad again broke a promise to stop violence.
With virtually the whole world except for Iran and Lebanon against
him, a Chicago Tribune editorial Tuesday insinuates he has gone nuts.
The newspaper noted that Assad told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in
December, "We don´t kill our people. No government in the world kills
its people, unless it´s led by a crazy person."
The video below shows Assad’s army shelling the city of Homs
on “Truce Day.”
After Assad´s latest breach of word on a proposed ceasefire, former
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said he was "shocked by
recent reports of a surge in violence and atrocities… [despite]
assurances given to me."
Assad not only reneged on his promise for a ceasefire, he also set
new conditions, such as the rebels´ laying down their arms and
allowing Syrian soldiers to withdraw from cities. “That would leave
the bloodied opposition even more vulnerable to what one activist
called Assad´s ‘torched-earth strategy’" the Tribune wrote.
Assad, whom Pulitzer Prize journalist Joel Brinkley has called “the
most dangerous man in the world," seems to be begging the
international community to send in troops and stop the bloodshed that
has left more than 10,000 dead and an uncounted number of others
wounded and homeless.
After his troops fired in Turkish territory and wounded two Turkish
officials, Assad’s former ally Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said that firing on people inside Turkey is a “clear
violation of its borders." He added that he might set up a buffer
zone inside Syria for refugees, whose number already has passed the
China, which until recently has held out against Western attempts to
sanction Assad, called on the Syrian regime to stand by its promise
for a ceasefire.
Assad’s troops also shot into Lebanon, where the government is
dominated by pro--Syrian elements and the Hizbullah terrorist
organization. A cameraman for an Arabic television station was killed
in northern Lebanon while he was driving near a villager near the
Plain-closed Syrian soldiers fired more than 40 bullets at the
television station’s staff. The official Syrian news agency explained
that its soldiers had come under fire from “terrorists.”