Time for action in Syria
The bloody shelling of Houla in Syria is proof just how powerless the international community appears to be in terms of stopping Bashar Al Assad's brutal crackdown on the uprising.
The United Nations put the death toll weeks ago at more than 9,000 people - and hundreds have been killed since, including more than 90 in Houla.
World leaders have been queuing up to condemn Al Assad, yet not so quick to actually do anything concrete to stop him.
A bid last year to bring in UN sanctions was even derailed by Russia and China, who are among the few allies the Syrian regime has left.
And with a presidential election round the corner in the United States, it is hard to imagine that Barack Obama will be giving it much more than lip service. He will be desperately trying to avoid any implication of US troops heading into another unpopular and deadly conflict in the Middle East.
So with the US, China and Russia ruled out, who is left to act.
Possibly, it will come down to the Arab League to stir up enough outrage that nations will have no choice but to intervene.
The UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said the massacre in Houla "signifies the tragic failure of our collective Arab and international efforts to put an end to the violence against the civilians in Syria".
He added: "Our Arab and Islamic ethics do not allow this criminal mass killing, and we must as a nation proud of its values intervene to protect the innocents in Syria."
Let's hope that other world leaders follow suit, and quickly.