Obama 'Appalled' by Syria's Brutality
U.S. President says reports out of Hama "are horrifying and demonstrate the true character of the Syrian regime."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/31/2011, 8:42 PM / Last Update: 7/31/2011, 8:49 PM
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U.S. President Barack Obama issued his harshest statement to date on the ongoing massacre of Syrian citizens by the ruling regime there.
"I am appalled by the Syrian government's use of violence and brutality against its own people," Obama said. "The reports out of Hama are horrifying and demonstrate the true character of the Syrian regime."
"Once again, President (Bashar) Assad has shown that he is completely incapable and unwilling to respond to the legitimate grievances of the Syrian people.
"His use of torture, corruption and terror puts him on the wrong side of history and his people.
"Through his own actions, Bashar al-Assad is ensuring that he and his regime will be left in the past, and that the courageous Syrian people who have demonstrated in the streets will determine its future.
"Syria will be a better place when a democratic transition goes forward. In the days ahead, the United States will continue to increase our pressure on the Syrian regime, and work with others around the world to isolate the Assad government and stand with the Syrian people."