Part One of The Current
It's Tuesday, May 29th.
Tony Blair says he courted the media during his decade as British Prime Minister because he feared its wrath.
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Syria: Time for military intervention? - Panel
The United Nations was abuzz following Friday's massacre in the small area of Syria called Houla. United Nations observers say at least 108 people were killed. And today it says fewer than 20of them by artillery fire. The rest, according to the UN were executed in their homes.
There is unverified video of the aftermath of the massacre, and if it actually IS what it purports to be, it's a gruesome indictment of the government in Damascus. It shows dozens of bodies, many of them women and children. Damascus denies responsibility - and says the killings are the work of terrorists.
Nevertheless, this morning Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird announced that because of the massacre at Houla, Canada is kicking all Syrian diplomats out of the country.
Meanwhile, special UN envoy Kofi Annan has condemned the massacre and urged the Syrian president to prove he wants peace. But there is growing skepticism in the international community about the effectiveness of words and peace plans to resolve Syria's upheaval.
Our first guest says the massacre in Houla will not be the last unless the world takes an entirely different approach, including direct military intervention. He has first-hand knowledge; he was a brigadier general in the Syrian army. Retired Brigadier General Akil Hashim is now part of the Syrian opposition abroad, and we reached him in Warminster, Pennsylvania - just outside Philadelphia. And Ammar Waqqaf is a member of the Syrian Social Club, a group of Syrians in London, England who promote reform rather than regime change. He was in London, England.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar, Idella Sturino and Howard Goldenthal.
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