Massacre in Haoula, Syria, May 25, 2012: Men were killed on the streets while women and children were shot and stabbed in their homes. (Photo AFP/Getty Images)
While Americans are busy with Memorial Day activities, shock and horror at the news of massacre in Haoula, Syria is resounding on news reports today.
On mid-day Friday, May 26, 2012, Syrian soldiers and pro-government forces burst upon the rebel-controlled village and began slaughtering residents. Video and photos show rows of dead and mutilated small children among the victims. 116 were killed and 100 were wounded.
The UN Security Council today held an emergency meeting in New York to discuss the attack.
Calling the Syrian regime’s latest slaughter “horrific”, Governor Mitt Romney released the following statement:
“The Assad regime’s massacre of civilians in Haoula—many of them young children—is horrific. After nearly a year and a half of slaughter, it is far past time for the United States to begin to lead and put an end to the Assad regime. President Obama can no longer ignore calls from congressional leaders in both parties to take more assertive steps. The Annan ‘peace’ plan—which President Obama still supports—has merely granted the Assad regime more time to execute its military onslaught. The United States should work with partners to organize and arm Syrian opposition groups so they can defend themselves. The bloodshed in Haoula makes clear that our goal must be a new Syrian government, one that contributes to peace and stability in the Middle East and that truly represents the brave Syrian people.”
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~ Addendum from Ross:
Looks like Mitt was right about Iran when he stood up for freedom while President Obama stood silent, and Gov. Romney has again voiced his support for freedom while our President allows tyranny to go unchecked now in Syria.
As part of a middle east 'listening' tour last January, Governor Mitt Romney met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (1/13/11). They discussed a series of issues, including advancing the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Yesterday, Romney issued a strong statement on the Palestinian Authority's expected bid for U.N. recognition.
The United Nations is gearing up to hold historic sessions this week…
Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, is launching a bid before the U.N. Security Council for state membership – which has caused a foreign relations uproar.
The Palestinian statehood issue is complicated, but I’ll try to keep it simple. In a nutshell, Barack Obama is in a pickle over the Palestinian bid to be recognized by the United Nations. A year ago, Obama addressed the U.N. and said that he envisioned a day within the next 12 months when a new Palestinian state could become a member of the United Nations:
BARACK OBAMA: When we come back here next year we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations – an independent, sovereign state of Palestine living in peace with Israel.
Many have not forgotten the President’s treatment of Israel (as evidenced in the recent election of a Republican to fill disgraced Anthony Weiner’s seat in New York District 9). Remember back in March when Obama gave the dinner snub to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu? And, it was just in May of this year that Obama called for for pre-1967 borders for Israel – a condition that Israel can not accept.
May 20, 2011 – Netahyahu: 1967 Lines Are Indefensible, Can’t Negotiate With a Government Backed by Hamas
By petitioning the U.N. Security Council for membership, President Abbas is by-passing the peace process and negotiations with Israel. Now, Obama is reversing gears:
The current negotiations center around a Quartet statement of principles, which would lay out the terms of reference for peace negotiations with a one-year timeline for concluding a peace deal. In essence, it restates the ideas President Obama laid out in his May 19 speech on the Arab Spring.
For starters, Israel gets recognition as a Jewish state. The Palestinians get a state along 1967 borders with agreed-upon land swaps and a settlement freeze. Neither side will get everything it wants[…]
The Palestinians will make the case that they are seeking to determine their future through democratic means. They will use democratic rhetoric, though they are not a democracy. And they will cast their opponents as booster of the supposed Israel occupation, though they have been responsible for years of terror upon the Israeli citizens.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney this morning criticized President Obama for being unable to stem off a Palestinian bid for recognition before the United Nations, saying the president should threaten to withhold foreign aid and reconsider funding of UN programs if the Palestinian bid is successful.
Romney also says the United States should reevaluate its funding of UN programs, as well as its relationship with any nation that votes in favor of recognition.
“Actions that compromise the interests of the United States, our allies, and all those who desire a lasting peace must have consequences,” Romney said.
The Palestinian Authority is pushing for recognition of statehood this week at the United Nations. The US has vowed to veto any such bid in the body’s Security Council, but the Palestinians could still push for more limited recognition before the General Assembly.
Obama is also in New York today, and plans to meet later in the week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Governor Romney released a statement yesterday on the Palestinian Authority’s expected request that the United Nations recognize a Palestinian state:
“What we are watching unfold at the United Nations is an unmitigated diplomatic disaster. It is the culmination of President Obama’s repeated efforts over three years to throw Israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position. That policy must stop now. In his speech to the U.N. this week, President Obama must unequivocally reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel and its continued existence as a Jewish state. And he must make clear that if the Palestinian Authority succeeds in gaining any type of U.N. recognition, the United States will cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians, as well as re-evaluate its funding of U.N. programs and its relationship with any nation voting in favor of recognition. Actions that compromise the interests of the United States, our allies, and all those who desire a lasting peace must have consequences.”