Is Time Running Out for The Assad Regime?

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 says she can’t put a definite hour and minute on it, but the Assad regime is not going to survive.

“I just wish it would end sooner instead of later.” -Ms. Clinton

Ms. Clinton says that 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.


“I think that everyone is very wary, for good reason, of that kind of intervention.” -Ms. Clinton

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

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

“Everybody is as outraged as I am, and I think for very good reason, at what we see happening.” -Ms. Clinton

She notes that it’s horrific what’s happening in Syria. She pointed out that they have to look at all the consequences of any action that the outside could take.

Ms. Clinton adds that there are many instances that she could point to where one could make things worse.

“You could add to the violence through some kind of military intervention, which is why you see the region itself, which is living with this terrible regime and what it’s doing to its people, being especially careful.” -Ms. Clinton

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

She states 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.

“That would be the best signal we could send to Assad that his days are numbered.” -Ms. Clinton

She cites 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.

“And that’s the message we want to reverse.” -Ms. Clinton

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.

According to report, below is the the six-point plan which asks the Syrian authorities to:

(1) commit to work with the Envoy in an inclusive Syrian-led political process to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people

(2) commit to stop the fighting and achieve urgently an effective United Nations supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians

(3) ensure timely provision of humanitarian assistance to all areas affected by the fighting, and to this end, as immediate steps, to accept and implement a daily two hour humanitarian pause

(4) intensify the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons, including especially vulnerable categories of persons, and persons involved in peaceful political activities, provide without delay through appropriate channels a list of all places in which such persons are being detained

(5) ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists and a non-discriminatory visa policy for them;

(6) respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully as legally guaranteed.

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.