Washington wages direct
and proxy wars dirty. Favored allies are cold-blooded killers. Cutthroats
are America's favorites. The more vicious the better. America's so-called
responsibility to protect (R2P) is a license to brutalize and kill.
Guns for hire willing to commit unspeakable crimes for a buck are recruited,
armed, funded, trained, and deployed to commit the most heinous ones
imaginable. Nothing too gruesome is out of bounds. Killing goes on daily
Massacres are strategically timed. Last June, death squads murdered
over 100 Houla civilians. They were executed in cold blood. Children
were slaughtered like adults.
Pro-government loyalists were targeted. Assad was wrongfully blamed
for terrorist killings and atrocities. It wasn't the first time or last.
Weeks later, death squads murdered dozens of Treimseh civilians. Assad
was again blamed. Western and UN Human Rights Council reports were fabricated.
Media scoundrels repeated them like gospel. Facts don't interfere with
propaganda. It's standard policy.
Last March, a rare exception reported accurately. Der Spiegel discussed
the "Homs burial brigade." An insurgent "executioner" said he and comrades
"kill in the name of the Syrian revolution. They leave torture (to)
the so-called interrogation brigade...."
"They do the ugly work." He believes in violence, he explained. He "cut
the throats of four men." He machine-gunned many more. Executions happen
regularly, he said.
Assad loyalists are targeted, brutalized and murdered. Women and children
aren't spared. Der Spiegel's "executioner" article explained. The publication
said little more by way of follow-up.
Last March, Human Rights Watch also reported on Syrian "Armed Opposition
Groups Committing Abuses." An "Open Letter to the Leaders of the Syrian
Opposition" accused them of targeted killings, summary executions, kidnappings
for ransom, torture, hostage taking, and other violent crimes.
HRW's moment of truth didn't last. It's a reliable imperial ally. Amnesty
International and similar groups replicate its anti-Assad propaganda.
They're well funded to support US interests.
The latest death squad atrocity was too obvious to conceal. On November
1, Reuters headlined "Syrian rebels kill 28 soldiers in checkpoint attacks,"
Attacks occurred on three Saraqeb checkpoints. They straddle Syria's
main north/south highway. Even Assad opposition supporters can't hide
what happened. Video evidence showed it.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville called
it "very likely that this was a war crime, another one."
"Accountability will follow," he added. How and in what form he didn't
say. Expect little more than rhetoric.
Throughout the conflict, Washington Post reports have been consistently
one-sided. This time, fingers pointed the right way. "Syrian rebels
execute unarmed government soldiers; dozens killed in fighting," it
Graphic video footage documented what happened. It's "not the first
time that rebel fighters appear to have committed war crimes."
Summary executions happen regularly. Soldiers and pro-Assad loyalists
are targeted. Video posted online Thursday was filmed at Saraqeb's Hamisho
"It shows rebel fighters kicking and insulting government soldiers,
who are spread out on the ground. Some of them appear to be wounded."
One pleaded: "I did not hit anyone, by Allah. I did not kill anyone."
"The man filming the video tells the soldier to shut up and directs
his comrades, 'Organize them for me.' The fighters pull the soldiers
to the center of the room and open fire on the group, kicking up clouds
of dust. The shooting continues for 20 seconds."
"A second video posted online Thursday, which appears to have been filmed
shortly after the execution, shows at least three other bodies spread
out around the checkpoint."
"The man filming approaches two of the bodies and says, 'The shabiha
of Assad, the dogs.' "
The term refers to pro-Assad fighters defending Syria against Western-recruited
death squads. In other words, they're anti-imperial resistance fighters.
Western reports call them terrorists.
New York Times reports also have been consistently one-sided. Covering
up this atrocity isn't possible. It headlined "UN Says Syria Execution
Video Shows Apparent War Crime," saying:
Video circulating online shows "antigovernment fighters armed with rifles
kicking and summarily executing a group of captured soldiers or militiamen
could, if verified, represent evidence of a war crime to prosecute the
Human Right Watch consistently targets Assad. It also accused Syrian
opposition forces of torture, other atrocities, and summarily executing
security forces and pro-government loyalists in Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib,
On November 1, Amnesty International headlined "Syria: Armed group carries
out summary killing of security forces in Idlib," saying:
Video footage showed armed militants "carrying out a mass summary killing
of men in their custody." They were beaten, kicked and shot multiple
times. AI's Ann Harrison said:
"This shocking footage depicts a potential war crime in progress, and
demonstrates an utter disregard for international humanitarian law by
the armed group in question."
"Amnesty International has so far been unable to confirm the identity
of the armed group that carried out these summary killings, and no group
has yet claimed responsibility."
"But we will continue to investigate the incident and once again urge
all sides to respect the laws of war and to refrain from torturing,
ill-treating or killing their prisoners."
AI consistently is anti-Assad. Harrison's comments were less than fully
forthright. She and other AI staff regularly blame Assad for death squad
killings and atrocities.
Press TV aired the disturbing video. These are the people Washington
gets in bed with.
On November 2, Voice of Russia headlined "Bloodbath in Syria," saying:
Western-recruited death squads kept on killing throughout the Id al-Adha
truce and after it ended. It's "unthinkable (that) the United Nations
was unable to condemn them."
Failure reveals duplicitous Western standards. Dozens died needlessly.
Opposition forces attacked security forces, civilians and government
offices. Schools, mosques, and childcare centers are fair game.
Washington wants Syria defeated by terror. Doing so risks regional chaos.
It's "no exaggeration to say that stability in this key region hinges
on further developments in the Syrian crisis."
America can easily stop conflict by calling off its dogs. Peace and
stability undermines its imperium. Violence furthers it. Hired guns
are used for that purpose. Syria's being ravaged and destroyed. Olive
branches Assad extends are summarily rejected.
On October 30, Syrian expert Patrick Seale headlined "Time for National
Reconciliation in Syria."
Itís long past time, but how?
Despite convincing evidence disputing him, he thinks Syria can be "saved
from destruction and national disintegration." What are the obstacles,
Deep wounds must be healed. How can they be when Washington won't let
them? Seale admits there's "no readiness for reconciliation on either
side." He's half right. Assad wanted it since last year. Repeated overtures
Militant extremists also want conflict. They want Sharia law replacing
replacing secular Syria. Most Syrians want no part of it.
Seale thinks no one wants direct military intervention. Others call
that wishful thinking. Washington has longstanding regime change plans.
All options are considered. If nothing else works, expect NATO involvement.
Establishing pro-Western governance in Syria is key to isolating Iran
and repeating the process. War plans were made long ago. They remain
options of choice.
Seale is right saying Syrians and other regionally must choose who'll
rule them. Intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign countries
violates international law.
One day perhaps America, key NATO partners, and Israel will observe
it. So far doing so is nowhere in sight. Donít expect it as long as
imperial ambitions eclipse other priorities.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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