Update: CNN reports the State Department has expelled Syrian charge d'affaires Zuheir Jabbour. "He & his family have 72 hours to leave US."
The first tangible international consequences of the Syrian massacre in Houla are beginning materialize. On Tuesday, with the United Nations confirming grisly details about the execution-style killings of 108 people last week, a string of nations have begun expelling Syrian diplomats as the U.S. military signals that a backup intervention plan is being drawn up.
One-by-one, across the globe, foreign ministries, especially Western ones, announced the expulsion of diplomats this morning. France 24 reports that French President Fançois Hollande will expel Syrian Ambassador Lamia Shakkour "today or tomorrow." In a tweet, the AP reports that Canada is completely clearing house "expelling all Syrian diplomats" and that Italy says its Syrian ambassador is "not welcome following the massacre." The Guardian reports that Britain, Germany and the U.S. have expelled their Syrian diplomats while The Wall Street Journal adds Australia to the list. "The Syrian Government can expect no further official engagement with Australia until it abides by the United Nations ceasefire," Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced in a statement. "This massacre of more than 100 men, women and children in Houla was a hideous and brutal crime."