Hamza al-Khateeb was 13 years-old. The details are horrifyingly shocking. From Al Jazeera and be prepared if you’re going to read on:
Arrested during a protest in Saida, 10km east of Daraa, on April 29, Hamza’s body was returned to his family on Tuesday 24th May, horribly mutilated.
The child had spent nearly a month in the custody of Syrian security, and when they finally returned his corpse it bore the scars of brutal torture: Lacerations, bruises and burns to his feet, elbows, face and knees, consistent with the use of electric shock devices and of being whipped with cable, both techniques of torture documented by Human Rights Watch as being used in Syrian prisons during the bloody three-month crackdown on protestors.
Hamza’s eyes were swollen and black and there were identical bullet wounds where he had apparently been shot through both arms, the bullets tearing a hole in his sides and lodging in his belly.
On Hamza’s chest was a deep, dark burn mark. His neck was broken and his penis cut off.
Obama’s intervention policy now lies in shambles. Libya was good enough for humanitarian reasons, but because of where Syria resides we do nothing. Now, I’m not for intervention in either country, because I’m against the U.S. being the world’s policeman alone. But Pres. Obama intervened militarily in Libya on human rights grounds, so what of Syria at this point? Interestingly, tomorrow Rep. Dennis Kucinich is going to get a floor vote that pulls the trigger on the War Powers Act of 1973. You have to admire the man’s idealism, as if anyone in Congress would challenge the Executive Branch fully.
While all this is going on the Assad regime is reportedly butchering children. The international community must not stand by while he does.