By Li Hongmei, Special to Sina English
Following the mass murder in Syria’s village of Haula in which a senior U.N. official said the death toll from Friday's killings had now grown to more than 100 including 34 women and 49 children under the age of 10, The U.S. plans to ease out President Assad modeled on the transition in Yemen.
Obama, US officials said, will press the proposal with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month at their first meeting since Putin returned to presidency on May 7, in a bid to seek Russia's help to dismiss the Assad regime, as what happened in Yemen, where after months of violent unrest, President Ali Abdullah Saleh handed over power to his vice president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in a deal arranged by Yemen's Arab neighbors and okayed by the U.S.
Whether Russia would echo the U.S. proposal has so far yet to be discernable, even if the success of the plan to some degree hinges on Russia, which has strongly opposed Assad’s removal and has blocked in the past year any tough United Nations Security Council action against Assad regime.
Russia has been arguing that sanctions and military intervention could only lead to more humanitarian crisis.
But Russia is now facing intense international pressure to use its influence to bring about the removal of Assad as the killings in Syria continue unabated, in particular, the massacre of more than 100 civilians in a village near Homs, which the opposition accuses government troops, while Syrian authorities deny any involvement.
The Yemen example has reportedly been discussed in Moscow, so much so that the option has become known by its Russian term, "the Yemenskii Variant.”
That, in part, reflects Russia's desperation for a solution to the crisis in Syria, where, the United Nations says, thousands of civilians have been killed since protests began there in March of last year.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he had summoned the Syrian charge d'affaires in London to his office “so that we can underline our absolute horror at what has happened."
Meanwhile Hague said he would call on Russia to support rapid and unequivocal pressure on the Assad regime, as well as "accountability for crimes."
Now, it is high time for a total cessation of bloodshed, whatever is stated by international monitors, and however bitterly the Syrian government and oppositions are exchanging words.
UN is advisable to resort to the International Criminal Court to conduct careful investigation and seek accountability for all these atrocities.
More than 9,000 people, mostly civilians, have died and tens of thousands have been uprooted since the crisis began in March 2011. If this is not enough to stop the growing bloodshed, the killings of the 49 innocent children could be “the last straw that breaks a camel's back”.
Enough is enough. No more brutally act as if human life is not worth a Straw !