At least 120 civilians were killed by the Syrian regime this weekend as the anti-government protests become stronger each passing Friday. The gross human rights violations have been decried by international human rights groups and spectators in the West, leaving many to openly wonder why the Obama administration will not undertake even non-military measures to denounce the violence — especially against a nation that is one of Iran’s closest allies and, likewise, a regional sponsor of terror.
The uprising that began in Daraa has now spread throughout Syria as protesters are now explicitly demanding an end to President Bashar Assad’s rule and even using the words, “regime change” in their chants. Over 120 protesters were killed by the security forces on Friday and Saturday who used live ammunition. The funerals for the dead have become primary targets. On Sunday, at least 9 people were killed in Jabla alone and dozens of democratic activists were arrested in raids on private residences by the secret police. This weekend’s events should put to rest any naïve notion that Assad is a “reformer” as Secretary Clinton said or that the lifting of the state of emergency is anything but an insincere political trick.