Syrian army tanks are seen stationed at the entrance to Baba Amr neighbourhood in Homs on Feb. 13, 2012. Syria ignored a new Arab initiative to end the bloodshed, with its troops pounding the protest hub of Homs as Russia said a ceasefire is needed before peacekeepers can be deployed.
Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 7:04 am
Blake Hounshell is managing editor of Foreign Policy.
It's the year 2012, and we are watching a massacre unfold, in real time, on Facebook pages and pixilated livestreams. A young boy lies on a filthy operating table, his nearly lifeless eyes staring upward as blood pours out of a gaping shrapnel wound on his neck. On the ground, a man, his face blown off. Women scream as they view a pile of bodies: husbands, sons, brothers?