Obama and the UN are being exposed as titanic hypocrites. There's no other way to put it after reports surfaced yesterday that President Assad's quasi-military goons are shooting down protestors in the city of Homs.
The Washington Post:
Syrian security forces fired at thousands of protesters early Tuesday in the central city of Homs, breaking up a demonstration to demand the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.
At least one person was reported killed when the security forces assaulted a downtown square, firing live ammunition and tear gas to dislodge protesters and chasing them through the streets.
Protesters had begun a sit-in Monday night in Clock Square in the center of Homs after a day of funerals for people killed the previous night by state security forces. Renaming the place "Liberation Square," the demonstrators had vowed to remain there in the same manner as Egyptian protesters whose demands for regime change led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in January.
But after warning protesters to disperse by 2:30 a.m., security forces in Homs began shooting at the crowd at 2 a.m., said Rami Nakhla, a Syrian dissident in Beirut who said he spoke with eyewitnesses in Homs.
This follows on the heels of 17 protestors killed on Sunday night. Meanwhile, the State Department swears that giving money to the opposition in Syria is not "undermining" the Assad government:
"Trying to promote a transformation to a more democratic process in this society is not undermining necessarily the existing government," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "needs to address the legitimate aspirations of his people," he said.
"No we are not working to undermine that government," Toner said in response to a question at a media briefing, adding the U.S. government was working to promote democratic processes in Syria and elsewhere in the world.
"The Syrian government perceives this kind of assistance as a threat," he said.
Can't be seen acting in a beastly manner toward Assad. He's our best hope for "peace" in the Middle East.