While the people of Syria suffer from repression, there is at least one silver lining in this horrible scene: The Arab world is not turning its head as it has in the past when ruthless autocrats, including Syrian President Bashar Assad’s father, turned guns on their people.
When the Palestine Liberation Organization denounces violence, there’s a start: The PLO called for an end to “crimes against humanity” in Syria.
Better late than never.
Syria’s neighbors are concerned. Jordan reportedly has pushed in private meetings for an end to the violence.
While not part of the Arab world, Syria’s neighbor Turkey is headed by a moderate Islamist government. It has denounced the killings in Hama, Latakia and Damascus, the capital.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Damascus to push for an end to military operations and a beginning to reforms.
“This is our final word to the Syrian authorities: Our first expectation is that these operations stop immediately and unconditionally,” Davutoglu said, according to Reuters. “If these operations do not stop, there will be nothing left to say about the steps that would be taken.”
While he was not specific about the consequences — and even getting the international community to agree on sanctions is difficult — the warning hopefully can add to pressure on Assad.