The outrage of the international community continued to pour in over Friday's massacre of civilians in Syria as the United States and scores of other western countries announced Tuesday that they were expelling Syrian diplomats. According to the United Nations, majority of the killed in Houla incident include women and children. Human rights activists and observers working in the violence-wracked country suggest that more than 100 people were shot dead allegedly by security forces loyal to the regime. The world powers, including the US, Britain, France and Germany, have expressed dismay over the tragic killings of innocent civilians.
The US has given an ultimatum of 72 hours to the Syrian diplomat to leave the country. The move is being considered significant, as all available options have failed to bring peace and stability in the country. It will be pertinent to mention here that the US and scores of other countries have already slapped sanctions over Syria. The world powers have been pressing President Bashar al-Assad to take viable steps to end bloodshed, but he has failed to heed the pressure.
Since the uprising started in Syria in March last year, the United Nations believes that more than 10,000 innocent civilians have been killed by the security forces loyal to the regime to date. The UN also believes that violence against civilians is directed from top officials of the government and executed by the troops deployed in streets across the country. Around a month back, United Nations special envoy to the regionwas tasked to strike a deal with Assad to end violence in the country. The deal was made, but unfortunately, could not be implemented owing to certain reasons. The six-point peace plan of Kofi Annan was endorsed by the UN Security Council last month and he was given a go ahead with his plan.
Assad and his cronies alleged the rebels for failure of the peace plan as they said the peace process was being destroyed by armed rebels and not by the security forces. The international community has given different options to the dictator to cease violence in the country, but he pretends to be deaf and dumb. Mr. Annan has again travelled to Syria to seal a deal with President Assad to end the violence in the country. Will Mr. Annan succeed in his effort this time? There are still question marks on intentions of Assad and the international community should carve out other ways to bring peace and harmony in the country.
Besides expelling diplomats of Syria, the world powers should think of some other practical ways to end the crisis. Credibility of the world powers is also at stake as they appear having failed on the Syrian front.