Thursday, 14 June 2012

Implosion of The Houla Massacre Story — Is Anyone Paying Attention?

A respected mainstream publication, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung(FAZ), has reported that the infamous Houla massacre in Syria, which the US and NATO hoped would be the casus belli for their planned invasion, was in fact carried out by rebel forces.

Highlighted in the National Review, of all places, the FAZ investigation was exhaustive and convincing.
NRO reports on the original FAZ story:

According to the article’s sources, the massacre occurred after rebel forces attacked three army-controlled roadblocks outside of Houla. The roadblocks had been set up to protect nearby Alawi majority villages from attacks by Sunni militias. The rebel attacks provoked a call for reinforcements by the besieged army units. Syrian army and rebel forces are reported to have engaged in battle for some 90 minutes, during which time “dozens of soldiers and rebels” were killed.

“According to eyewitness accounts,” the FAZ report continues,

“the massacre occurred during this time. Those killed were almost exclusively from families belonging to Houla’s Alawi and Shia minorities. Over 90% of Houla’s population are Sunnis. Several dozen members of a family were slaughtered, which had converted from Sunni to Shia Islam. Members of the Shomaliya, an Alawi family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni member of the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a collaborator. Immediately following the massacre, the perpetrators are supposed to have filmed their victims and then presented them as Sunni victims in videos posted on the internet

Is this report accurate? I would guess that it very well might be. The rebels have been caught pushing propaganda in other instances, they are heavily backed by the West, plus the corporate media, and the goal at present seems targeted toward overt foreign assistance (air strikes) against the Assad regime. The sources for this story (see link) seem credible.

Related Info:

Russia Wants Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Stop Supplying Weapons to Syrian Rebels

Syrian rebels blow up another gas pipeline in Deir Ezzor

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 14th, 2012.]

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