The Foreign Minister of Turkey warned the Syrian government that "military actions against civilians must cease immediately and unconditionally." Turkey stopped short of saying what the consequences would be if Syria did not comply. Jordan joined the international and regional chorus as the latest state to condemn the violence against protesters.
The regime of Bashar Assad has dramatically and ruthlessly stepped up its assault against peaceful demonstrators since the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The Syrian military has savaged the populations of cities such as Homs and Hama. Over the last three days the military assault has turned on the port city of Latakia. Using naval gunboats to shell the population from the sea and tanks to shell it from land the situation there is desperate. The use of snipers against the civilian populace is has been indiscriminate Over the last fifteen days the casualty count has risen dramatically amongst the civilian protesters. First came the all out assault by the military on city of Hamakilling hundreds. Now it is Latakia under the gun. The city of Homs was also being hit today.
Syria is becoming more and more isolated as countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and now Jordan has called for an end to the violence. Last week there were rumors the Obama administration was prepared to make an announcement calling for Assad to leave or step down. That has not happened yet. The Syrian people have shown great courage and determination but have not received any outside help or support. Since March The Assad regime has murdered over 2200 people. Ten percent of these have been children. More than 13,000 have been arrested. Thousands more are missing. Thousands have been tortured. The Assad regime is suspected of harassing Syrians abroad who have spoken out against his regime.
The world continues to watch but do nothing. Good intentions are held up in the UN Security Council by Russia and China. It is hard to report and remain impartial when one hears the reports out of Syria. May Turkey be sincere in it's warning to Assad.