While we have been busy here in the US watching the burlesque show that is our political primary season, the citizens of Syria have been suffering under the heel of a tyrant. Bashar Hafez al-Assad, current president of Syria will most likely go down in history along side such illustrious company as Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussein and Adolph Hitler.
His response to the populist uprising in Syria has brought untold suffering to the citizens, and as the conflict between rebels and the government forces continues, hundreds are dying each day. In April, the United Nations estimated that more than 9,000 people have been killed, but activists say the number is closer to 13,000.
The latest outrage comes as UN monitors entered a farming village of Mazraat al-Qubair this week to find almost 80 people dead and body parts strewn on the ground. "You can smell the burnt smell of the dead bodies," said Sausan Ghosheh,
spokeswoman of the U.N. observers.
This confirmation of the carnage being wrought by the Syrian government should move the world into action. al-Assadmust be forced to step down and stop the needless killing. Sign the petition to ask President Obama to send aid and try to intervene.