A massive bombing tears through the capital city of a major nation, destroying a massive government building and killing scores of innocent civilians nearby. Hundreds of others are wounded, some gravely.
Virtually anywhere else on the planet, such a bombing would create a wellspring of sympathy for the attacked nation. Today, in Syria, it was anything but, as Western officials issued the obligatory statements condemning the attacks, and spent most of their time condemning the regime.
“As Kofi Annan made clear to the UN Security Council earlier this week, the onus is on the Syrian authorities to implement a full ceasefire,” insisted British Foreign Secretary William Hague, while the US State Department started its own statement by calling the bombing “unjustifiable” and went on to praise the “legitimate Syrian opposition” while saying that the Syrian government had “created the conditions” to get itself bombed.
The State Department went on to hint that they were considering going to the UN Security Council for “further action” against the Assad regime. French officials, who have been pushing for an invasion of Syria, also insisted that the regime “bears all the responsibility” for the bombing.
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