Is Assad Regime At The Beginning of a Painful End?

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With the recent massacre in Syrian village of Traymseh sparking international condemnation, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today said there’s no doubt that Assad regime is at the beginning of what will be a painful end.

In an interview with Margaret Brennan of CBS in Jerusalem, Ms. Clinton says the end game is starting for President Assad, because with the increasing pace of defections, both military and civilian, with the fighting moving into and around Damascus, with the violence increasing, with the pressure mounting on the Assad regime, it’s only a matter of time.

“I wish it were sooner instead of later, because every day that goes by more innocent people are killed.” -Ms. Clinton

Ms. Clinton notes that Assad regime must cooperate with the international community to assist in a managed transition that keeps the institutions of the Syrian state intact, which ceases the violence, saves lives, and moves to a transition that will lead to elections and a new future for the Syrian people.

She stresses that the United States is prepared to do anything to assist the transition, and it is strongly supporting Kofi Annan, the Joint Envoy of both the UN and the Arab League.

When asked about the rise of Syrian opposition, Ms. Clinton says the real core of the opposition is not outside Syria, but the people inside Syria. S

“So at this point, we cannot tell you with any certainty who the people inside Syria would select to be their representatives.” -Ms. Clinton

However, Ms. Clinton pointed out that if it were to come such a moment, the US government be prepared to back those choices, assuming they truly represent the will of the Syrian people.

So, how is the U.S. supplying the rebels at this point?

Ms. Clinton says the US government has been supporting rebels with nonlethal assistance, particulary in communications, medical supplies, the kinds of things that were in such desperate short supply to help people organize and protect themselves from the onslaught of the government’s full barrage against them.

“We are focused on doing what we think is appropriate for us to do.” -Ms. Clinton

The US government doesn’t want to further militarize the conflict, she added.

In addition, the US doesn’t want to support, either directly or indirectly, the arming of people who could perhaps not use those weapons in a way we would prefer.

Earlier this week, with the recent massacre in Traymseh sparking international condemnation, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today said time is running out for Assad regime.

In an interview with Elise Laboot of CNN, Ms. Clinton sais she can’t put a definite hour and minute on it, but the Assad regime is not going to survive.

The United States is trying to intervene in a way to a democratic future that doesn’t require adding to the violence, further militarizing the conflict, perhaps killing more people and pushing them across the borders.

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The Security Council voted on a draft resolution regarding Syria, sponsored by France, Germany, Portugal the United Kingdom and the United States. The result of the vote was 11 in favour, two abstentions (Pakistan and South Africa), and two against (China and the Russian Federation). The draft was not adopted due to the votes against it by two permanent Council members. UN Photo

The US government tried to get nations that have been skeptical on board with the United States most particularly the Russians and the Chinese.

The US government tried to help reassure and provide humanitarian assistance to the neighboring countries that are absorbing the refugees.

In the interview, Ms. Clinton also stressed that the US government is commited to try to get Russia to cooperate with them.

She stated that the US government wants the rest of the world to put pressure on Russia in the Security Council so that they will support a Chapter 7 resolution, where they can impose very hard sanctions on people and institutions that support the regime.

She cited that as long as President Assas has Iran in his corner, which he does, and as long as he has Russia uncertain about whether or not to side against him in any more dramatic way than it already has, he feels like he can keep going.

Last week, just days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis Kofi Annan’s six point peace plan, another bloodshed is witnessed in the vicinity of Hama, Traymseh.

Reports say the death toll is believed around 220 civilians. They were murdered in the village on 12th July.

With the recent bloodshed in Syria, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was deeply saddened and outraged to learn of reports of yet another massacre committed by the Syrian regime that has claimed the lives of over 200 men, women, and children in the village of Traymseh.

Credible reports indicate that this unconscionable act was carried out by artillery, tanks, and helicopters indisputable evidence that the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians, Ms. Clinton highlighted.

As long as the Assad regime continues to wage war against the Syrian people, the international community must keep increasing the pressure on the regime to halt the violence and allow for a political solution to go forward, she stressed.

Earlier this July, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad agreed to a new approach to end Syrian violence during a meeting with the Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan.

Reports say President Assad and Mr. Annan have a very candid constructive discussion as they agreed on an approach to put a halt of the violence in the Middle Eastern country.

In May this year, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States Kofi Annan finally arrived in Damascus for talks with senior leaders, particularly President Bashar al-Assad and range of other actors.

On his visit to Damascus, Mr. Annan said he came to Syria at a critical moment in the crisis.

The visit by Kofi Annan to Damascus reportedly comes on the heels of the killings of over 100 civilians, including over 30 children under the age of 10, in the village of Houla two days ago.

Mr. Annan said in a statement issued to the press on his arrival, adding that he is “shocked and horrified” by the tragic incident in Houla.

The killings have also been strongly condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the head of UNSMIS, General Robert Mood, and a host of UN officials.

The massacre in Syria’s Houla village in the early hours of 26th of May has reportedly killed 108 civilians, including over 30 children.

Reports say artillery and tank shells were fired in the Syrian village killing hundreds of civilians.

The violence took place in and around the town of Houla, near Homs, after an anti-government protest.

The Security Council voiced condemnation of the recent massacre of men, women and children inHoula.

In addition, the United States of America also expressed condemnation in the massacre in the Syrian village of Haoula.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United Nations observers have confirmed that dozens of men, women, and children were killed and hundreds more wounded in a vicious assault that involved a regime artillery and tank barrage on a residential neighborhood.

Mr. Annan recently presented the six-point plan as providing a blueprint for ending the violence and resolving the crisis sparked by a year-long uprising against Bashar al-Assad.

On 27th of March, Mr. Annan reported that the Syrian government had accepted the six point-plan and pledged to implement it.

The violence in Syria, which began in March 2011 as a protest movement similar to those witnessed across the Middle East and North Africa, has claimed over 10,000 lives, mostly civilians, and displaced tens of thousands.

Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain English. Mina Fabulous is the pen name of Carmen Avalino, the NewsBlaze production editor. When she isn’t preparing stories for NewsBlaze writers, she writes stories, but to separate her editing and writing identities, she uses the name given by her family and friends.