As the death toll rises in Syria, so too does the pressure to act

United Nations Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus to begin another round of talks aimed at stemming a growing civil war in Syria. Events reached a critical juncture following the weekend attack on Houma, in which almost 50 children died. Following the condemnation by the UN Security Council of the massacre of 109 people, Annan pledged to hold the perpetrators “accountable.”

However, he added that he understood that the “government is also investigating.” An inquiry by the government of President Bashar al-Assad is not likely to dampen calls for increased intervention in the crisis. The Wall Street Journal compared the Houma attack to the 1995 Serbian massacre of Bosnians at Srebrenica, Yugoslavia.

In the coming days, international pressure to act will certainly rise. The question remains whether that pressure will lead anywhere.



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