Published August 01, 2011
AP – A citizen journalism image made July 22 on a mobile phone and provided by Shaam News Network shows Syrian anti-regime protesters gather during a rally in al-Assy square in the western city of Hama, Syria.
The Obama administration is under pressure to rethink its approach to Syria, as President Bashar Assad’s forces mow down protesters in one of the bloodiest confrontations since the spring.
President Obama’s immediate response to the crackdown Sunday that left dozens dead was a “strongly worded” statement that condemned the killings. The president said he was “appalled” by the “horrifying” reports out of the restive city of Hama, calling Assad “incapable” of addressing the legitimate grievances of his people and vowing to increase pressure.