Image 1 of 8: From the man who drew up the infamous “red line” in Syria, Barack Obama has had all eyes on him during Syria talks. Being POTUS requires some delicacy, but Barak hasn’t held back on what he thinks of Assad. Over allegations that the regime used chemical weapons, he warned Assad, “The world is watching; we will hold you accountable.”
Image 1 of 8: Obama’s faithful sidekick David Cameron has also got his posh hands dirty on the subject of Syria, telling the press at a conference in Washington, “'Syria's history is being written in the blood of her people and it's happening on our watch.”
Image 1 of 8: Ahh, Putin. The man who has singlehandedly put a stop to any Western move to assist the rebels. Just as there’s no love lost between Assad and the West, the head of the Kremlin isn’t a fan of the rebels, and warned against providing weapons to those "who kill their enemies and eat their organs.” Some people can’t just let things go.
Image 1 of 8: Don’t expect a feminine touch on Syria from lonely G8 lady Angela Merkel. She’s nipped any expectations over the Reich’s involvement, saying, "Germany will under no circumstances send weapons to Syria - a country in civil war - no matter how other countries deal with the arms embargo."
Image 1 of 8: Thank God for Laurent Fabius. Whereas French President Francois Hollande has been rigid regarding Syria, his Foreign Minister Fabius has been flinging accusations. Calling Assad a “murderer” and referring to his “accomplices,” he’s been making the Syrian civil war sound like a murder mystery.
Image 1 of 8: If you’re still holding on to the stereotype of Canada being a neutral country - STOP. Premier Stephen Harper has dug his claws into Putin and Syria on the eve of the G8. “Mr. Putin and his government are supporting the thugs of the Assad regime for their own reasons that I do not think are justifiable, and Mr. Putin knows my view on that.”
Image 1 of 8: Maybe things would have been different if Berlusconi was still offering bunga bunga around the G8 carnival. Current Italian incumbent Enrico Letta hasn’t said much on Syria, but his defence minister, Mario Mauro, has his own take on the violence, saying, “Syria is coming increasingly to resemble the Spanish Civil War.” Thanks, Mario.
Image 1 of 8: Let’s be honest - Japan is just glad to be invited to the party. The PM has clearly been taking lessons on diplomacy from Germany’s Merkel. "I urge the Assad regime to step down and a government of the Syrian people should be established.” Urging Assad to leave office won’t cut the wasabi. Sorry Shinzo.
In light of the G8 summit, which brings together the top officials from the US, Russia, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, we have sought to unplug the most colorful rhetoric used by the participating countries over Syria.
A merciful change from when the Syrian crisis was being swept under the rug by the international community, with the escalating brutality of the conflict and the perceived gains of the Assad regime, the ongoing civil war is now a hot topic.
As the rest of the world condemns the actions of Assad and his cronies, Russia remains almost the single staunch ally of the Syrian regime, which has been complicating the international dialogue aimed at achieving peace in the war torn state. Putin, criticised for his stubborn stance, stands out like a sore thumb from his reluctant G8 mates.
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Despite a much hyped Russia-US backed peace conference, diplomacy has been faltering as all sides involved have locked horns over what the next step of the international community should be. Putin’s been winning himself no favors over his stubborn pro-Assad views, and has even drawn criticism from the Canadian camp. If you start getting criticised by Canada, you’re doing something wrong.
With all the high drama and cattiness that’s been put out, it’s hard to believe that these guys are international leaders and not 14 year-old girls. Check out the most sensational of the sound-bites attending the G8 mates.
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