The Times follows The Independent on Sunday tomorrow with a bold front page:
From the Leader (£):
Houla is the tipping point in Syria. There should be no further period of inaction, of standing by and watching murder and mayhem inflicted on innocents… [We] should investigate, without delay, the practicability of establishing safe havens on the border of Syria, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, where civilians and opponents of the regime will be guaranteed protection from regime forces. These safe havens may require commitment of troops, artillery and air defences. The use of drones for surveillance over civilian areas should be examined. And if necessary the arming of rebels to enable them to resist the regime forces and to protect their own people should be contemplated, and soon… [W]hat kind of country would Britain be, and what kind of people would young Syrians take us for, if we allowed the slaughter to continue? President Assad should know that the period of “do nothing” is over.
Today, CNN reported another incident of Afghan schoolgirl poisoning: this time, a hundred and sixty students were hospitalized. Should we send NATO to the rescue? It’s too late. NATO has been there for more than a decade, and last week, in Chicago, its leaders declared its plan to withdraw from Afghanistan “irreversible.” What makes anyone think that we can protect Syrian children better?