Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's heart bleeds for the people of Syria:
"'I believe it is high time the Security Council now consider a formal referral of President Assad to the International Criminal Court', Mr Rudd said... He was particularly angered by images of the mutilated body of a 13-year-old boy who reportedly had been tortured then murdered as part of the crackdown by the regime, which has killed about 1100 civilians and led to 10,000 arrests. 'When you see such large-scale directed action by a head of government against his own civilian population, the deepest questions arise in the minds of the people of the world as to whether any claim of legitimacy remains', Mr Rudd said of the Assad regime." (Put Assad on trial for atrocities, says Rudd, Phillip Coorey, Sydney Morning Herald, 2/6/11)
But it barely skipped a beat when Israel was slaughtering 1,400 Palestinians, including 313 children, from December 2008 to January 2009.