64 dead bodies found in Homs

According to The Washington Post, one of the most deadliest mass killings was discovered amidst a vote for a new referendum that would ultimately leave al-Assad in power until 2028.

The bodies of 64 men were found dumped on the outskirts of Homs. Those bodies were taken to the National Hospital; however, details surrounding the killing are still unclear, since the women and children these men were with are missing and the bodies are still unidentified.

These bodies were discovered amidst the vote and approval of the new referendum The referendum called for the end to the ruling Baath party, but would allow al-Assad to remain in power. In other words, little would change because al-Assad would still have grips on the government.

This revelation just adds icing to the cake. It is yet another reason why the people of Syria cannot allow al-Assad to stay in power and why the international community needs to help the country. The new referendum promotes change facially by conceding the end of the Baath Party; however, the people of Syria are basically consenting to little change. With al-Assad still having his grip on the government, how will anything change? He has already proved that he is vicious and willing to sacrifice his people. How will this new constitution change his character? His leadership? It will not. The people of Syria, by supposedly voting in favor of the new constitution (according to state television), are only allowing him to continue his reign of terror.

I understand that the people of Syria want to believe he can change and are hopeful. But I am sorry, their hope is futile. Al-Assad has proven time and again why he needs to step down from power. If the 64 dead bodies does not prove it, then the thousands of lives lost in this 11-month uprising or the destruction of the country or the death of two journalists should all prove it.

Al-Assad needs to step down from power (either by force or peacefully).


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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