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Syria / Crackdown / Massacre / Thomson Interview / A Discussion #1023037

CNN Evening News for Monday, May 28, 2012
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Studio: Anderson Cooper) The massacre of children in Houla, Syria, by the government militia examined; scenes shown of the sheet-shrouded bodies, the outraged, the U.N. observers, the body of the boy Hamza. [Russian foreign minister Sergei LAVROV†- {thru translator} gives a dance analogy to what is happening in Syria.] [Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad MAKDASSI†- {thru translator} calls it a terrorist massacre.] Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Channel 4 News correspondent Alex Thomson about what happened in Houla. [THOMSON - talks about the nearby fighting the bodies under blankets, the people's mood for freedom, the possibility of a civil war, the slaughter by armed militias.] Studio: Anderson Cooper) The US approach to Syria noted. [Senator John McCain - criticizes the administration's feckless foreign policy and lack of leadership.] Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Fran Townsend and Stanford University professor Fouad Ajami about Syria. [AJAMI - calls the Houla massacre a turning point: it is a Sunni-Alouwi fight; criticizes the administration for having its head in the sand: American leadership is needed.] [TOWNSEND - says the world seems unwilling to act in Syria; notes the Russians and Iranians are providing cover for the Syrian government.]

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