"It is not going to be any news if the United States says Assad needs to go," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. "OK, fine, what's next? If other people say it, if Turkey says it, if [Saudi] King Abdullah says it, there is no way the Assad regime can ignore it."
Despite demands over the past two weeks from the Saudis, the Arab League, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government for Syria to halt the use of violence against civilians, strikes escalated, killing hundreds more.
AP reports that yesterday Mr. Erdogan compared Assad to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, whose own crackdown on his country's protesters prompted the international community to stage a swift military intervention to prevent an expected bloodbath and to call on him to relinquish power.
But Turkey awaits regional consensus before it joins the US call for Assad to step down, a Turkish official told local newspaper Hurriyet Daily News yesterday. “If there will be call on Assad to step down, it should not be Turkey to make the call, but everyone, first of all Syrian people should say that first,” another source said.