Little more than a year ago (March 28, 2011) Obama spoke of the looming humanitarian crisis in Libya:
OBAMA: Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.At that time, the number of dead in Libya could be counted by the hundreds. Even with Obama's resolute words, the United States "lead from behind" and the effort to out Khaddafi dragged on for months while the death toll rose into the thousands.
Obama was also out front in demanding the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, America's ally in Egypt. Even though the death toll in Egypt there was much smaller.
But for month after month we see repeated stories of bloody atrocities coming out of Syria that make even the war in Libya seem tame by comparison. As of March 2012 the death toll was over 9,000. It is probably over 10,000 by now.
The latest atrocities are so horrible that any decent civilized human being should be sickened and outraged. Over the weekend 108 people in the village of Houla were killed. Dozens were children.
I have placed the video documentation of the massacre below the fold. You are safe to proceed and continue reading or watch the tape at your discretion:
Video from Houla (WARNING: GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING IMAGES)
Former UN Chief Kofi Annan to give Syria's leader a stern talking to!
The world response to this horror? Send in the United Nations. On Saturday the U.N. Security Council put out a press release condemning Syria. That will show them!
But this time the U.N. upped the ante and sent former Secretary General Kofi Annan to Syria. Known as the great enabler of dictators, Kofi promised to get tough. "I intend to have serious and frank discussions with President Bashar Al-Assad," Kofi said after arriving in Damascus on Monday. The result of Kofi's tough talk is likely to be the same as every other time he's confronted a genocidal dictator. In other words, it's a joke.
What have we heard from the White House regarding this latest crime against humanity? Not a word. You have to go back four months to the last time Obama spoke on the Syrian nightmare. No action while the death toll spirals upward.
Why was the Obama Administration so eager to throw Mubarak under the bus and get out front demanding Khaddafi's ouster yet is mostly silent and inactive in Syria? The same question was raised when Obama stood by and did nothing when Iranians were dying in the streets in 2009 begging for our help.
I'll leave speculation on the motives in those cases to others. It suffices to say that the standard of supporting human rights Obama laid out in regard to Libya and Egypt is not being followed in Syria. Obama's words are empty and without meaning and the consequence is the blood of children spilled all over Syria!