Syrian Army Continues Massacre of Civilians

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The Syrian army continues the brutal attacks on its own people as leaders from the United States, Europe and the Arab world were in London, Thursday, looking for ways to stop the bloodshed.

Syrian forces are still shelling the rebel city of Homs, one day after more than 30 people died, including two Western journalists.

Members of the Syrian opposition gave tours of the building where American journalist Marie Colvin and French videographer Remi Ochlik died in the mortar attack.

A day before she died, Colvin filed this report:

"There was a tiny baby. Naked, hit in the left chest. The doctors just said we can't do anything, and we had to watch the baby, little tummy you know, desperate for breath, die," she said.

The journalists' deaths puts extra pressure on Washington to find a way to stop the killing.

"We don't believe that it makes sense to contribute now to the further militarization of Syria. What we don't want to see is the spiral of violence increase," Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said.

"That said, if we can't get Assad to yield to the pressure that we are all bringing to bear, we may have to consider additional measures," she added.

Meanwhile in Beirut, Lebanon, demonstrators burned a Russian flag to protest Moscow's support for the Assad regime. One poster read, "Wanted, Dead or Alive" and featured a photograph of Assad.

Protests in Beirut and throughout Syria also remembered the journalists who were killed.

"It is time that the massacre be brought to a halt," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said.

McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been in Africa and the Middle East promoting more help for the Syrian opposition.

"We should consider every option ranging from sanctuaries to seeing that weapons are brought to the hands of those who are resisting Assad so they can defend themselves," he explained.

The Republican presidential candidates also addressed the Syrian issue during Wednesday night's debate as part of a larger strategy to stop Iran.

"If we could turn Syria and Lebanon away from Iran, we have the capacity to get Iran to pull back," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said.

"And at that point with crippling sanctions and a very clear statement that military action is an action that will be taken, if they pursue nuclear weaponry, that could change the course of world history," he said. 

In the meantime, Assad shows no sign of stopping the assault on his people. Human rights groups say the death toll now stands at more than 7,000.

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John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

He also analyzes the convulsive politics of the Middle East.