Forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad have killed at least 200 people in the village of Hama, according to Syrian opposition activists. Most of the people who died in the massacre were civilians. I read this news from Reuters and I found myself shocked. The last time we heard of the Syrian conflict was that Kofi Annan, the UN special envoy, has finally persuaded the Syrian administration to support the six point peace plan for a unified government. However, the violence still continues.
The report from Reuters states that almost every family in the village have a casualty. Most of the dead in the massacre were men, women and children. The force used by the loyalists were tank, chopper, artillery shelling and summary executions. If the report is accurate, many speculate that this is the most violent massacre under the regime of Assad.
Has diplomacy failed? Annan stated the consequences of not having a ceasefire in Syria. The daily death toll, according to the article, reaches 100 a day. 100 lives a day. Clearly, Annan’s efforts seem fruitless. If diplomacy fails in Syria, only sectarianism and old traditions can urge the country on. Or it can be taken by force by Nato and the United Nations. Either way, it will remain politically as is if no ceasefire is made.