Ignoring Republican attempts to try to stop him from saving lives in Libya, President Obama is now threatening Syria's bloody dictator.
"Presidentneeds to engage in political dialogue. A transition needs to take place. If President Assad does not lead that transition then he should stay aside," said Obama's news secretary Jay Carney said, the BBC reported.
"What happened there over the weekend and what continues to occur is absolutely revolting, and we condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.
The Daily Telegraph reports it has solid evidence that Bashar was behind precipitating a clash between Israeli soldiers and Palestians and Syrians in the Israel-held part of the heights.
"The Golan border dash, combined with similar raids along the Israeli-Lebanese and Israeli-Gazan borders, killed 13 people in total and injured dozens more after Israeli troops opened fire on demonstrators who had pelted with them stones. Two hundred refugees broke through the border fence in the Golan Heights, though some, according to Israeli press accounts, were actually seeking asylum from Syrian violence, not protesting the “catastrophe” of Israel’s founding.
This document – which I have good reason to believe is absolutely genuine – appears to represent the first piece of regime-created evidence that Assad has cynically tried to manipulate Western and Arabic media during three-month Syrian uprising," the Telegraph reports.
Turkey has already condemned Bashar's regime, and has taken in nearly 10,000 refugees.
Public opinion in Russia may be turning against Bashar. The news agency Ria Novosti said some Arab League states are calling for the suspension of Syria as a member.
Libya's Gaddafi fell out of favor after the Arab League turned on him, even before Turkey condemned Tripoli.
Human rights group and Syrian activists estimate at least 1,300 people have been killed by the army. Some claim some army units have mutinied.
The next step will likely be a U.N. resolution condemning Damascus. Bashar has been counting on Russia to veto it, but he may be surprised by Moscow. Russian and NATO warplanes took part in join exercises today.