Bleak outlook for future of Syria
The mass expulsion of Syrian diplomats was the least the world could do following the massacre which took more than 100 lives in the village of Houla last Friday.
With the Assad regime determined to stay in power regardless of the cost in life, the international community is facing some extremely difficult decisions as the 15-month old Syrian crisis threatens to descend into full-scale civil war.
In all major crises there comes a point of no return. The appalling events at Houla seem set to represent that point in the Syrian crisis. Unfortunately there are no easy answers. The fact that the loathsome Assad regime has been able to remain in power despite all that has happened since February last year demonstrates that is still retains a critical mass of support.