Canada, France, Germany, Australia to expel Syrian diplomats over Houla slaughter

posted at 10:41 am on May 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the Obama administration demanded that Hosni Mubarak had to go “yesterday,” bombed Moammar Qaddafi, and then insisted that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was a “reformer”?  The city of Houla became the latest recipient of Assad’s “reforms,” as 108 people got massacred by government forces and their allies:

The U.N.’s human rights office on Tuesday added grim new details about the massacre of more than 100 people in a rural area in Syria last week, saying that most of the dead were shot at close range, some of them women and children killed in their homes.

The brutality of the Houla killings, documented in gruesome amateur videos of scores of bodies laid out before burial, sparked widespread international outrage and raised new questions about the ability of an international plan to end 15-months of violence in Syria.

The U.N. said that at least 108 people, including 34 women and 49 children, were killed in an attack that began on Friday and continued through the night on Houla, a group of poor farming villages northwest of the central Syrian city of Homs.

The locals told UN observers that the killings were conducted by a combination of pro-Assad militia forces and government troops.  Russia, which had supported Assad and had even sent a small number of troops as an “anti-terrorism” force to Syria, blamed Assad for the massacre at Houla.  Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan flew back to Syria today to try to revive his peace plan despite the demonstration of Assad’s brutality:

Kofi Annan on Tuesday met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for crunch talks amid global outrage over the Houla massacre of more than 100 people, as the UN said most of them had been summarily executed.

On his arrival in Damascus on Monday, UN and Arab League peace envoy Annan called the “tragic” massacre in the central region “an appalling moment with profound consequences.”

Others have had enough.  France, Germany, and Australia have announced plans to expel Assad’s ambassadors after the massacre.  Canada will go one step further and expel the entire Syrian diplomatic contingent in Ottawa:

Canada will immediately expel the three remaining Syrian diplomats in Ottawa in response to a massacre in the town of Houla last week, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Tuesday.

Baird told Ottawa’s CFRA radio that the trio – a charge d’affaires and two other officials – had been told they were being kicked out. France and Germany have already announced they are expelling the Syrian envoys.

“Canada and our partners are speaking loudly, with one voice, in saying these Syrian representatives are not welcome in our countries while their masters in Damascus continue to perpetrate their heinous and murderous acts,” Baird said in a separate news release.

Well, most of their partners, anyway.  The US State Department “condemns in the strongest possible terms” the Houla massacre, but so far have not followed suit on diplomatic action with our Western allies.  This must be smart power once again.


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…and we will lead from behind!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

…Nancy Pelosi still has her head dress!
Send her!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Liberals do love their dictators don’t they.

This is what Obama wants for America as a fundamental transformation. Assad reforms = Obama’s desired reforms. Scary isn’t it.

Skwor on May 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

…where do they have these STRONGLY WORDED LETTER’s stached?

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Perhaps a war is “absolutely necessary”…give Scooter over night to think about it…

hillsoftx on May 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Not only that but Pelosi’s spokeswoman said that the congresswoman is considering changing her plans to visit Syria again and may even cancel the trip altogether.

Bishop on May 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

And barack votes “Present” on this one.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I say we ship guns and weapons to Syria and stand back while the Muslims kill each other.

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Well, it’s a start, I guess.

Bob's Kid on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

And they will ALL, wait for the United States of America- to use their military strength to finally push out Assad.

Then go back to trashing the USA on how bad we are.

FlaMurph on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Not only that but Pelosi’s spokeswoman said that the congresswoman is considering changing her plans to visit Syria again and may even cancel the trip altogether.

Bishop on May 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Wow… It’s almost as if that evil old witch isn’t as stupid as she seems when her piehole is flapping…

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM

And they will ALL, wait for the United States of America- to use their military strength to finally push out Assad.

Then go back to trashing the USA on how bad we are.

FlaMurph on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Screw Syria, let them do their own killing.

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

But dear leader is a super genius on foreign policy according to nyt and morning Joe

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I thought the Arab Gulf nations said that they would handle Syria. They have the military means. They just don’t want to expend their blood and money to do the necessary job.

SC.Charlie on May 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I don’t understand Russia in all of this. Putin is supplying Assad’s forces, yet didn’t islamic terrorists hold hundreds of kids hostage killing many in Beslam? Does Putin approve of this kind of warfare on unarmed families in the dark of night? Assad is a coward as well as Putin, hide behind your asshat forces and kill innocent kids. What was Pelosi doing with Assad? Ask Ba ba Walters about her interview with the Syrian Jerk?

Obama weighed in on Trayvon publicly. Has Obama personally weighed in yet publicly on his friend Assad?

Atlanta Media Guy on May 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Do we know it was Assad’s doing? Has anyone done autopsies to determine ammo used, etc?

I know, I’m jaded – I’ve got to the point where I don’t believe anything coming from that region.

OldEnglish on May 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

But… But… But Diplomacy Must Work! /snark

BigGator5 on May 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

There are so many gutsy calls coming out of this administration I can’t even keep up anymore.

Gatsu on May 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

But dear leader is a super genius on foreign policy according to nyt and morning Joe

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

.
The Occupier in the WH needs to go to Europe and make another major speech.

“Ich bin ein jihadi’s”

FlaMurph on May 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Muslims killing people? who’d of thunk

Slade73 on May 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

“We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace,”


Nancy Pelosi

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

So why did they shoot these people? Was Houla some sort of rebel strong hold? Sympathetic to the rebels? What??!!

Blake on May 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m just glad I was not born in that part of the world. What an awful way to live your life.

sammypants on May 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I think so FM

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Obama will go and bow to them instead.

PattyJ on May 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

‘nother Mid-East hell hole not worthy of one American soldier’s life.

BigAlSouth on May 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

…and Obama is pacing around the White House mumbling “drone strikes…..drone strikes…..yea…..that’s the ticket.”

Since you can’t solve the problem in Syria by just bombing from the air….this will have bad political ramifications for Obama so I don’t expect to see much more than “leading from wayyyyyyyyyy behind”.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

There are so many gutsy calls coming out of this administration I can’t even keep up anymore.

Gatsu on May 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Do we get to see a campaign ad where Obama and his top adivsors are in the Situation Room whiteboarding out exactly what should be in that strongly-worded letter? The whole debate over “sincerely” v. “yours truly” has enough drama in and of itself to merit a sequel to that “getting Osama Bin Laden” film.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Anybody know why they’re killing poor farmers/civilians there? What is there to gain?

cajunpatriot on May 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Small correction: the US did expel some diplomats this morning:

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/29/11933554-us-expels-syria-diplomat-after-un-finds-houla-victims-were-executed?lite

neoavatara on May 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Of course, on the flip side…Canada and Australia both have embassies in Iran. The French did also, until the British embassy was attacked a year or so ago.

Selective outrage?

JetBoy on May 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I say we ship guns and weapons to Syria and stand back while the Muslims kill each other.

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

No we only do that to Mexicans.

Why does Bark hate Mexicans?

CorporatePiggy on May 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

…………funny how Saddam killed hundreds of thousands….even using WMD to slaughter whole villages and liberals ranted and raved about there being no reason at all to take him out…..”Iraq didn’t attack us….no imminent threat…..no blood for oil”

….Now we had no where near that many killed in Libya and liberals couldn’t get enough of attacking an “oil rich country…that didn’t attack us…and posed no imminent threat.”…….

…now here we sit with Syria on the burner and we will hear all the same hypocrisy from all the “anti-war” liberals that they spouted about Libya….”It’s okay…we trust Obama”……

………..you know….

…looks like liberals are going to have to get bigger bumper stickers:

………….War is not the Answer(unless absolutely necessary)

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

It’s pathetic–but sadly par for the course–that Ed tries to score political points on the backs of slaughtered children:

Remember when the Obama administration demanded that Hosni Mubarak had to go “yesterday,” bombed Moammar Qaddafi, and then insisted that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was a “reformer”?

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I want a reporter to ask Barackabama to show them Syria on a map. I bet you money he can’t find it.

SouthernGent on May 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

SouthernGent on May 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I would like that to be the case vis-a-vis Iran.

OldEnglish on May 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I want a reporter to ask Barackabama to show them Syria on a map. I bet you money he can’t find it.

SouthernGent on May 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hawaii is in Asia.

There are 57 States.

Britain and Argentina dispute ownership of the Maldives.

Only a sucker would take that bet.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

What a crazy world -When I think Canada (not to mention France) responded to a massacre in a foreign country more appropriately than the US.

taznar on May 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

It’s pathetic–but sadly par for the course–that Ed tries to score political points on the backs of slaughtered children:

Remember when the Obama administration demanded that Hosni Mubarak had to go “yesterday,” bombed Moammar Qaddafi, and then insisted that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was a “reformer”?

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hypocrisy thy name is lostmotherland, It’s pathetic–but sadly par for the course–that you are trying to score political points on the backs of slaughtered children.

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

…..Obama is so Jekyll and Hyde on his foreign policy that is has to be decided based on political ramifications to himself instead of what is best.
…..pulls troops out of Iraq prematurely after having almost zero political relationship with the Maliki government…..

………….surrenders in Afghanistan…..

……………….has this to say about a major threat to us and the slaughter going on in Iran’s streets:

We do not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs. We have condemned terrorist attacks against Iran. We have recognized Iran’s international right to peaceful nuclear power. We have demonstrated our willingness to take confidence-building steps along with others in the international community. We have accepted a proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency to meet Iran’s request for assistance in meeting the medical needs of its people. We have made clear that if Iran lives up to the obligations that every nation has, it will have a path to a more prosperous and productive relationship with the international community.

….but somehow Libya was so important to the security of the US.

…………..now we are seeing Syria brought into the picture.

Why would we get neck deep in Syria after so much capitulation served up against much more important issues like Afghanistan and Iraq.

…..It seems to me that Iraq and Afghanistan are a lot harder issues to solve with much more political ramifications.

Iran is a much harder issue to solve and would probably cost him politically.

Libya…..no standing army……can just bomb away from the sky…..can make bogus comments like “we are not going after regime change” and get a total pass from the media….cover from the UN.
But only succeeded in turning an oil rich country over to the jihadist.
Epic fail.

Now Syria?????……what..a “humanitarian mission”……

How was Iraq not a major “humanitarian mission”…..Obama said it was an “unnecessary war”.

What about the slaughter that will ensue on the Afghanistan population by the Taliban/al-qaeda as they enact revenge on the people who sided with the US.,..
..as they re-institute Sharia law???????
We going back in??????

Obama is all over the place in his decision making because he is not committed to defeating the jihadist and doing everything it takes….
…his only commitment is to himself and what benefits him politically.

If getting involved in Syria is something Obama can do and gain politically from it….he will be there in a NY minute.
…if going in will hurt him politically……don’t expect anything beyond some air support….money…..and arms.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

If getting involved in Syria is something Obama can do and gain politically from it….he will be there in a NY minute.
…if going in will hurt him politically……don’t expect anything beyond some air support….money…..and arms.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

nuff said

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Time for another “talk” from Kofi? A strong condemnation from the administration? My God. This is truly pathetic.

scalleywag on May 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

It’s pathetic–but sadly par for the course–that Ed tries to score political points on the backs of slaughtered children:

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Ed simply pointed out the facts.

What is disgusting is liberals that exploited the sacrifice of our Soldiers and used the difficulties of war to score political points.
All that bullsh!t “anti-war” nonsense.
…Ohhhhhh…”no blood for oil”…..
We don’t wage war…we wage peace…..strength through negotiations……
…….Iraq didn’t attack us…they were not a threat!!!!…..it’s a war crime…..no more spying on Americans….
……………..close Gitmo!!!!!
………………………………..Indefinite detention is a war crime!!!!!

………………….no military tribunals!!!!

………….Ahhhhhh…..stop the warmonger Bush!!!!!!

Now Obama is doing the exact same thing and not only has he embraced Bush’s policies…but has expanded them.
…and what do we get from the selective outrage brigade like yourself…
…………..you’ve gone from yelling “war crimes” in the streets to patting yourselves on the backs in coffee shops claiming “smart power”.

….”ohhhhh Obama’s so smart…did you see they way he blew that unarmed terrorist head off”…..

………thank God they didn’t pour water on his face right genius.

Shut up you hypocritical liberal hack…you and the rest of your liberal serfs have no credibility on this issue what-so-ever and you owe our Soldiers a huge apology for politicizing their sacrifices.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I am so tired of these ignorant believers in Islam messing up the whole world for everybody else with their random murder and other atrocities. Religion of peace, my aching a** !! Nothing but third world savages too stupid and blinded to join the rest of the civilized world.

ultracon on May 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I say we ship guns and weapons to Syria and stand back while the Muslims kill each other.

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I’d be all for it but for one thing: there’s a bad track record of their kind using weapons we give to kill US. If there were some way to prevent that then sure, why not profit from those barbarians killing each other?

MelonCollie on May 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Shut up you hypocritical liberal hack…you and the rest of your liberal serfs have no credibility on this issue what-so-ever and you owe our Soldiers a huge apology for politicizing their sacrifices.

Blablahblahblah. Take a hike, moron. Obama’s as bad as Booooooooosh on civil liberties.

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Actually speaking of massacres over 40,000 people have been murdered in drug related violence in Mexico over last few years. The government is complicit.

If we want to get all humanitarian, why aren’t we addressing the chaos in our own back yard?

CorporatePiggy on May 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM

More Bush derangement syndrome… and he’s been retired for over three years. If you check history, Democrats have traditionally been the warmongers AND the civil liberties buffoons. Check it out.

ultracon on May 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Oh, and Baxter? If “Obama is doing the exact same thing [as Bush] and not only . . . embraced Bush’s policies…but has expanded them,” then why the kvetching. You should be his number one foreign policy fanboy.

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Blablahblahblah. Take a hike, moron. Obama’s as bad as Booooooooosh on civil liberties.

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Worse. Bush’s civil liberty destruction was almost all indirect. Ie, he and/or his bootlickers didn’t understand how dangerous stuff like the Patriot McCarthy Act would be.

Obama barely even bothers with scaremongering, he just goes right to the point.

MelonCollie on May 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I say we ship guns and weapons to Syria and stand back while the Muslims kill each other.

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

No we only do that to Mexicans.

Why does Bark hate Mexicans?

Unfortunately, that strategy only results in innocents dying, not the dirt-bags that deserve the business end of the weapons in question.

powerpickle on May 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Okay, let’s get our military involved in Syria.
Explain it to a G.I. on the eve of his deployment.

The Syrian government slaughtered civilians.

But, governments slaughter civilians all over, why Syria?

The Resistance wants democracy.

But,democracies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, the Balkans,Palestine and Turkey are not exactly friendly to us, are they?

France wants us to get involved.

You’re kidding me now aren’t you? France, FRANCE?

walkingboss on May 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

A strong condemnation from the administration? My God. This is truly pathetic.

scalleywag on May 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I’m okay with it at this point. We have a coward as CINC (and I mean that in every respect moral and physical). I do not honestly think he is up to the task of doing anything but writing strongly worded letters. He is a joke among our enemies who know that they can call his bluff. Better to stay out of it at this point than to let a jug-eared coward stumble in to do what requires a man and leadership.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Can we make a drone warhead that carries pig blood instead of high explosives…. might be more effective.

ultracon on May 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I say we ship guns and weapons to Syria and stand back while the Muslims kill each other.

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Russia beat us to it.

Fact is, give the rebels half a chance, and they would do exactly the same to the other side’s civilians.

There are no good guys here, and no scenario where America wins, except to stay away and let the savages murder each other.

Rebar on May 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Was it really a massacre or just Muslims lining up for their 72 virgins?

The European countries are outraged when they are not doing the killing — as in Libya. (It’s a good thing the Libyan rebels kept the death tolls under 108!) If they were Christians in Sudan/South Sudan no one would notice either, there is no dispute as to who is running those countries; Christian in Egypt can be killed too – even tho they have not any virgins waiting for them.

Maybe massacre is just the Muslim way of voting ??

KenInIL on May 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM

As has been observed elsewhere: too bad both sides can’t lose.

Joe Mama on May 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I’m okay with it at this point. We have a coward as CINC (and I mean that in every respect moral and physical). I do not honestly think he is up to the task of doing anything but writing strongly worded letters. He is a joke among our enemies who know that they can call his bluff. Better to stay out of it at this point than to let a jug-eared coward stumble in to do what requires a man and leadership.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Staying out of it is exactly what we should do. Obama so far is doing the correct thing in Syria, maybe for the wrong reason but, maybe he has learned something from his disasterous policy in Egypt and Libya.

Removing one thug for another thug probably isn’t going to help anything.

jpmn on May 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Oh, and Baxter? If “Obama is doing the exact same thing [as Bush] and not only . . . embraced Bush’s policies…but has expanded them,” then why the kvetching. You should be his number one foreign policy fanboy.

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

…it’s called competence and credibility.

The jihadist didn’t expand power under Bush……they have under OBama.

Maybe you were to busy making “war is not the answer” signs to remember that the surge worked…al-qaeda and Sadr’s milita’s were defeated on the world stage.
The political expectations that the democrats set up for proof of success were achieved by the Iraqi government as well as violence being reduced by over 90%…..votes taking place and a representative government put into place.

Like Obama said to our Soldiers…”America sent you to Iraq to get the job done….and you got the job done.”

The success in Iraq was so evident that it’s biggest critic had to admit we won.

Afghanistan was in the process of instituting the same surge techniques that were successful in Iraq.

Obama came in as President…..claimed for years he had a “better and smarter plan”….and was going to win the Afghanistan war.

Was given a successful blue print and got Bush’s General Petraeus (the one liberals called a liar) to implement it.
He instead dealt in half measures….politicized the mission and by internal sources…had decided he did not want to win this war “before” sending 30,000 troops in the “surge” with an exit date.
The results are the same as his economic ones….failure.
Now he is retreating and the Taliban/al-qaeda will be stronger than they were when we went in……

“smart power” indeed.

Bush administration set up and instituted policies and procedures that have kept America safe and shown to be very successful in fighting the jihadist.
Liberals fought these measures all the way…called Bush a “war criminal trampling on our Constitution”………

Now they embrace them and call them “smart power”…..
Obama has not brought forth any new measures to fight the War on Terror.He has rode the coattails of Bush and has had the knee pad brigade like yourself praising him for it all the way.

The big difference is that the same policies and actions that people like you called Bush a “war criminal” over and demanded his impeachment, you now embrace and brag about as “smart power”.

You are nothing but political hacks who should be exposed for your selective outrage…idiocy.,..hypocrisy….and should be ignored when these real issues have to be addressed.
You have no credibility.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

fanboy.

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

…I on the one hand love Baxter Green after reading his contributions here for a lengthy period of time.
You on the otherhand, have been nothing but a ‘buttboy’ since your arrival!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Blablahblahblah. Take a hike, moron. Obama’s as bad as Booooooooosh on civil liberties.

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

No dumba$$…

The morons are the idiots like you who voted for Obama while he told the world he was going to “change the world and end Bush’s “war criminal” policies.

Instead he has expanded them and you have your lips pressed so hard to his a$$ that you can’t tell what a fool your making of yourselves supporting it.

Tell us hypocrite ….

…..how many countries is Obama going to have to bomb and how many thousands is he going to have to kill before you dust your “no blood for oil” signs back off and get back out into the streets.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

It couldn’t have been Al Qaeda members in stolen Syrian army uniforms killing people could it?

Nah, they’d never do something that sneaky.

profitsbeard on May 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Notice how the liberal hack can’t defend Obama’s expansion of Bush’s policies.
Got to love how much they can’t get enough of bombing oil rich countries that didn’t attack us and posed no imminent threat.

All their lame a$$ talking points smacking them right back in the face as their boy king plays GI Joe around the Globe.

“Books not Bombs”!!!!!!!….
………….ohhhh yea…those were the days.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM

profitsbeard on May 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Certainly not – the Egyptians didn’t do it either!/

OldEnglish on May 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Anybody check with Vogue?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Juliet_Buck

In the March 2011 issue of American Vogue, Buck published a flattering profile of Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Buck described her as “glamorous, young and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,”[19] she also noted that “in Syria, power is hereditary.” The article mentioned substantial “shadow zones” in the country’s social and political affairs and quoted the U.S. State Department web site: “The Syrian government conducts intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Syrian citizens and foreign visitors.”[20]

The article caused a furor. Publications and web sites including The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic attacked it as an ill-timed “puff piece” that ignored human rights abuses under the Ba’athist regime in Syria.[21][22] The Washington Post said it “may have been the worst-timed, and most tin-eared, magazine article in decades.”[23]An article by Stephen McGinty in The Scotsman examined the Vogue piece point by point, and noted that it “has plenty of lines that now viewed through the sharp lens of current events, appear deeply ironic.”[24] Buck spoke to Piers Morgan on February 9, 2011 about the article[25][26].

Anti-government demonstrations began in Syria in March 2011.[27] In a speech on March 30, 2011, Bashar al-Assad blamed “conspirators” for an extraordinary wave of dissent against his authoritarian rule, and did not offer any concessions to the protestors.[28] Buck had quoted al-Assad as saying that he was attracted to a career in eye surgery “because it’s very precise, it’s almost never an emergency, and there is very little blood.”

By May, as the Syrian regime continued to kill protestors,[29] the article was removed from Vogue’s website.[30] No explanation has been reported. The article has since been satirized in The Philadelphia Inquirer. [31]

patch on May 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Oh, and Baxter? If “Obama is doing the exact same thing [as Bush] and not only . . . embraced Bush’s policies…but has expanded them,” then why the kvetching. You should be his number one foreign policy fanboy.

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

…and since the you love and support your boy king so much then you should be a big fan now of the Iraq War….
……….you know….
…………….since Obama is such a big fan of it now.


My how far liberals have come in just over 2 years:

Obama when he was against it 2007:
————–
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois,

on January 10 2007 predicted that the surge of troops in Iraq would fail. “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there,” he told MSNBC. “In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

——————–

I opposed this war from the beginning. I opposed the war in 2002. I opposed it in 2003. I opposed it in 2004. I opposed it in 2005. I opposed it in 2006. I introduced a plan in January to remove all of our combat brigades by next March. And I am here to say that we have to begin to end this war now.

————
Obama when he is for it 2009:

“Your dedication,your bravery, your courage has made America safer and has helped to stand up democracy in Iraq.”

——

“And so I want to be very clear: We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein’s regime – and you got the job done. We kept our troops in Iraq to help establish a sovereign government – and you got the job done. And we will leave the Iraqi people with a hard-earned opportunity to live a better life – that is your achievement; that is the prospect that you have made possible.”

———————————-

Obama when he was against it:

“Of course President Bush would attack the one candidate in this race who opposed his disastrous war in Iraq from the start. But Barack Obama doesn’t need any foreign policy advice from the architect of the worst foreign policy decision in a generation,”

———–
Obama after he was for it:

So Obama finds himself announcing principles that are indistinguishable from those advanced by President Bush in 2003. Obama even credited Iraq as an exemplar of Middle Eastern democracy:

[O]ne of the broader lessons to be drawn from this period is that sectarian divides need not lead to conflict. In Iraq, we see the promise of a multiethnic, multisectarian democracy. The Iraqi people have rejected the perils of political violence in favor of a democratic process, even as they’ve taken full responsibility for their own security. Of course, like all new democracies, they will face setbacks. But Iraq is poised to play a key role in the region if it continues its peaceful progress. And as they do, we will be proud to stand with them as a steadfast partner.

There’s some “Hope and Change” for you motherland.

Got to love Obama stating :”

“And so I want to be very clear: We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein’s regime – and you got the job done. We kept our troops in Iraq to help establish a sovereign government – and you got the job done.

….what’s that motherland…..”Got the job done”….
but…but…but…all the smart liberals like OBama said the “war couldn’t be won”……”it was a lost cause”….”the surge will make things worse”…..
….
………..Now it’s “You got the job done”…….

Now that’s Hope and Change you can believe in.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The photos of dead children provided by the BBC and Guardian to go with their Syria Horror stories may not be in Syria but from Iraq from the early 2000′s.
Search for: “BBC Caught In Syria Massacre Propaganda Hoax”

el Vaquero on May 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Thanks…

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

…none needed…I’m just a fan!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Small correction: the US did expel some diplomats this morning:

See, he just needed time to ask his play group what he thought he should do, then get a good nights sleep on it before he makes the tough decision to tell someone who is expendable if the decision turns out bad, to expell the diplomates.

Franklyn on May 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Ed………

Shouldn’t every story coming out of Muslim Magic Kingdoms be prefaced with a large red banner that says……

DO YOU WANT TO BELIEVE A STORY MUSLIMS ARE TOUTING TO GET YOUR AID AND ATTENTION?

Who knows who killed who among all the scum involved? Doesn’t anyone learn anything after dealing with Muslims this long? Is it a worry that the turmoil might weaken democratic Islam?

BL@KBIRD on May 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

lostmotherland on May 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Come on Motherland…..get your liberal friends and fix this the way the “smartest people in the room” bragged about fixing it for years before Sgt. Barack took the helm….

…let’s see….
“We have them isolated…..negotiations will work!!!!”

….or I know….get with Assad and rip out a roaring rendition of “Imagine”

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

……I can see Assad starting to tear up now.”all the people living in peace”

…”Can’t we just give peace a chance”……

…………negotiations will work with such a super smart leader like Obama….
………………”make love…not war”……

or…hey…yea…yea….Sanctions!!!!
….Sanctions will cure this…look at how well they worked in Iraq…Iran.

Liberals know so much….”lots of carrots and a small stick”…

“soft power”…..

…….yea…yea…that’s the ticket……

Oh I feel another verse coming on…this will stop the slaughter:


You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

“dreamer” no,of course not.
Talking…..negotiations….spreading peace and love…..cool bumper stickers….. carrying signs in the streets…..

Throwing flowers…..putting them in the gun barrels….yea…that’s it.

That’s right…”war is not the answer”…..

This is the “smarter” way to handle terrorist dictators…..
……….not that crazy Cowboy diplomacy of bombing people and taking out terrorist regimes.

Boy if only liberals could get there own kind of leader in the White House….someone like Barack Obama…if only they could have majorities in the Senate….the House…a man that could “change the world….lower the levels of the oceans”……then we could show the world how talking….love and peace will win the day….will stop the blood shed….and bring the world together.

Yes sirrrrr…
……….when that happens…the war machine will be shut down…no more bombing….no more dying……no more Haliburton nazi’s running around.

Just fields full of Unicorns….Rainbows….and Butterfly farts.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Anybody know why they’re killing poor farmers/civilians there? What is there to gain?

cajunpatriot on May 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

So why did they shoot these people? Was Houla some sort of rebel strong hold? Sympathetic to the rebels? What??!!

Blake on May 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Fact is, give the rebels half a chance, and they would do exactly the same to the other side’s civilians.

There are no good guys here, and no scenario where America wins, except to stay away and let the savages murder each other.

Rebar on May 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Assad and his power base are Alawite Shia. The vast majority of the country is Sunni, about 75%. As is common in the Middle East, many communities are divided along sectarian lines. Houla and Taldou are largely Sunni enclaves.

The shabiha militia are Alawite. Those that attacked Houla and Taldou are from Alawite villages to the south.

If Assad is brought down, not only does he lose power, but the Alawites will be under the thumbs of the Sunni majority. After years of abuse and suppression, the payback is going to be a bitch.

The interests of the neighboring countries are both sectarian and political, as these factors are inextricably woven together in those societies.

So these conflicts are not merely Arab against Arab or despot against rebels. They are Shia against Sunni, Muslim against Muslim. When they aren’t forming temporary truces to combine forces against the evil kuffar, they turn to killing each other.

It is who they are, it is what they do.

novaculus on May 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

That’ll show ‘em.

J.E. Dyer on May 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Dat’s gonna leave a bruise . . .

BigAlSouth on May 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Let’s get in another war without knowing what we’re doing!

BBC Caught In Syria Massacre Propaganda Hoax

News agency uses picture of dead Iraqi children to depict alleged government atrocity

The British media has been caught yet again with its pants down in the effort to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria, with the revelation that BBC News used a years-old photo of dead Iraqi children to depict victims of an alleged government assault on the town of Houla.

In a report issued hours after the massacre, the BBC used a photo that was first published over nine years ago and taken in Al Mussayyib, Iraq. The image shows Iraqi children who have been transported from a mass grave to be identified.

The caption used by the BBC to describe the image stated that the picture was provided by an activist and “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”. After the “mistake” was exposed, the BBC changed their original article but did not issue a retraction.

The photographer who took the original picture, Marco Di Lauro, posted on his Facebook page, “Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government to prove the massacre.” Di Lauro told the London Telegraph he was “astonished” the BBC had failed to check to authenticity of the image.

profitsbeard on May 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM

If you do that again, you’ll be in BIG trouble!

Fuquay Steve on May 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Advance to the rear, so we can lead from there.

georgeofthedesert on May 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I repeat, there are worse creatures than Assad. And those creatures will ultimately win the revolution just as they are doing in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.

{^_^}

herself on May 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM