Responding to reports that a 13-year-old Syrian boy named Hamza Ali al-Khateeb had been arrested, tortured and killed during an anti government protest in Syria and that his mutilated corpse had been returned to his family on the condition that they never speak of his brutal end, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hopes the child did not die in vain, and that Mr. Assad ends his brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.
But unfortunately, because of the appeasement policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the child's death was indeed in vain.
Several weeks ago, Hillary Clinton labeled Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, "a reformer". Last year, President Obama appointed a new U.S. ambassador to Syria, the first U.S. ambassador to Syria since the Bush administration withdrew its ambassador in February 2005, in response to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri. The President has yet to recall the ambassador, despite the fact that 1100 Syrians have already been killed by the Syrian regime over the last several months. I suppose this is what the President was referring to, in 2008, when he said he'd be willing to talk to the Syrian regime without preconditions - apparently at all costs.
It needn't have turned out this way. The White House and State Dept. could have taken a strong stance against the Syrian regime, and it is likely that the 13 year old boy and 1100 other Syrians would still be alive today.
Which is why I say to Hillary Clinton, "Admit it, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb died in vain!"