Musings —06.01.2012 09:28 PM—
CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour tweeted it to her 325,000 Twitter followers. The photograph shows three dead children arrayed for burial. Two of the children appear to be young enough to still be in diapers. They’re babies. There’s blood on their tiny faces.
All three were murdered by militia loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad last weekend. Forty-nine children were killed in Houla, in central Syria; in all, more than 100 civilians were butchered. The world’s response? Just more talk, but no action.
In Canada, the federal government’s response was equally a joke — many months after the Syrian genocide began, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird finally decided to merely expel some Syrian diplomats. That’s all. When I suggested online that the federal government’s reaction to the worsening Syrian tragedy was pathetic, no less than Maher Arar concurred.