The Syrian Government and the Massacre at Houla

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167x120 image for tp120530the_syrian_governmenMonitors for the United Nations have confirmed 108 victims, including 49 children and 34 women — many executed at close range — by Syrian soldiers last Friday. After this latest massacre in Houla, western nations have thrown Syrian diplomats out of their countries. The US today increased financial sanctions.  But, there's no consensus on what to do next. Mitt Romney issued a statement saying it's time for the US to arm the rebels and criticizing President Obama for giving Syria's Assad regime time to murder more of its own people. The Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey said the US military is ready. We hear about a tattered peace plan and calls for arming Syria's rag-tag rebels.

Credits

Guests:
Callum Borchers - Washington Post - @callumborchers, Abigail Fielding-Smith - Financial Times, Radwan Ziadeh - Syrian National Council - @radwanziadeh, Fawaz Gerges - London School of Economics and Politics, Philip Gourevitch - New Yorker magazine - @PGourevitch

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody