Syrian troops fired on refuges in Turkish territory Tuesday and executed more than 100 people in Syria as Syrian President Bashar Assad again broke a promise to stop violence.
With virtually the whole world except for Iran and Lebanon against him, a Chicago Tribune editorial Tuesday insinuates he has gone nuts.
The newspaper noted that Assad told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in December, "We don't kill our people. No government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."
The video below shows Assad’s army shelling the city of Homs on “Truce Day.”
After Assad's latest breach of word on a proposed ceasefire, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said he was "shocked by recent reports of a surge in violence and atrocities… [despite] assurances given to me."
Assad not only reneged on his promise for a ceasefire, he also set new conditions, such as the rebels' laying down their arms and allowing Syrian soldiers to withdraw from cities. “That would leave the bloodied opposition even more vulnerable to what one activist called Assad's ‘torched-earth strategy’" the Tribune wrote.
Assad, whom Pulitzer Prize journalist Joel Brinkley has called “the most dangerous man in the world," seems to be begging the international community to send in troops and stop the bloodshed that has left more than 10,000 dead and an uncounted number of others wounded and homeless.
After his troops fired in Turkish territory and wounded two Turkish officials, Assad’s former ally Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that firing on people inside Turkey is a “clear violation of its borders." He added that he might set up a buffer zone inside Syria for refugees, whose number already has passed the 20,000 mark.
China, which until recently has held out against Western attempts to sanction Assad, called on the Syrian regime to stand by its promise for a ceasefire.
Assad’s troops also shot into Lebanon, where the government is dominated by pro--Syrian elements and the Hizbullah terrorist organization. A cameraman for an Arabic television station was killed in northern Lebanon while he was driving near a villager near the border.
Plain-closed Syrian soldiers fired more than 40 bullets at the television station’s staff. The official Syrian news agency explained that its soldiers had come under fire from “terrorists.”
The United States, continued verbal condemnation of Assad has had no effect on him. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Monday, “These incidents are just another indication that the Assad regime does not seem at all willing to meet the commitments that it made to Kofi Annan. Not only has the violence not abated, it has been worse in recent days.’’