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The fallout from the recent Syrian massacre continued on Friday evening as the United Nations and US State Department both issued condemnations.

The State Department statement on the “massacre in Traymseh” cited reports of the use of heavey artillery which it said was “indisputable evidence that the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians. Syria cannot be peaceful, stable, or democratic until Assad goes and a political transition begins.”

The UN was less frank in assigning blame on the government for the assault on civilians, but the violence again raises the question of whether diplomacy can achieve the goals of quelling the killing. UN envoy Kofi Annan said he was “appalled” at the “atrocities,” but there was little indication of any action firmer than that against the Assad regime.

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