Horrific events in Houla will haunt Syria for a long time to come. Human Rights Watch has published a reconstruction of the massacre: the number of child victims brutally murdered at close range makes it the most shocking event in the story of the Syrian uprising so far.
What next? Most of Damascus market areas yesterday joined an unprecedented general strike in protest against regime violence, as Kofi Annan's peace plan lies in tatters. However, it doesn't look like Houla it's a game-changer in Russia's relations with Bashar al-Assad, although some commentators seem to think so.
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Actually, Monday's UN Security Council resolution did not unequivocally blame the Syrian government for the summary executions in Houla, and most statements coming from Russian diplomats suggest no sea of change in Moscow's backing for its sole Arab ally.
I am still positive Russians have no illussions over the long-term survival chances of Assad's coterie, but they're nowhere close to cutting him loose just yet. Bilateral trade is up, and shipments of arms keep docking at the Tartous port.
Oh, and a group of Western countries, spearheaded by the US and UK, today expelled Syrian ambassadors in protest against the ongoing violence in Syria. What a blow. With Russian weapons and Iranian money, Assad could hardly care less.
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