Slaughter in Syria

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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called on Syrian authorities to divulge “the whole truth” surrounding the death of France 2 TV reporter Gilles Jacquier who was killed by an apparent grenade attack as he covered a pro-Assad rally in the flashpoint city of Homs. Jacqueir’s death comes at a time when the Arab League observer mission appears to be collapsing, unable to stop the violence and protect protesters from the brutal crackdown that is now in its 10th month.

The reporter’s killing also raises the question of how to discover the “truth” of what is happening in Syria as both pro- and anti-government spokesmen give differing accounts of how the attack happened and who was responsible.

Also, the League’s carefully constructed anti-Syrian coalition appears to be on the ropes as several League members are now openly questioning the efficacy of sending unarmed observers into Syria to literally be led around by the nose by government minders. Opposition members and street activists have been bitterly disappointed by the behavior of the observers who seem paralyzed in the face of the violence. Several of the 165-member observer force have privately expressed their frustration and have talked of quitting in protest. They cite the handling of the mission by the League and the air-tight control Assad’s handlers have exercised over their movements, as well as who they can interview.

And in one of the most cynical speeches of his career, Bashar Assad addressed a multitude of regime supporters in Damascus and on Syrian TV saying, “Thanks to you, I have never felt weak, not even for a day. We will undoubtedly triumph over this conspiracy.” The speech indicated Assad’s increasing confidence that he can weather the storm of opposition to his rule and his belief that the international community will remain on the sidelines while he carries out his crackdown on protestors. Indeed, as “Amal Hanano” (the pseudonym of a Syrian-American writer) writing in Foreign Policy observes, “Syrians are on their own.”

It has been impossible to confirm the details of how Jacquier died. The state-run news agency announced that the journalist was killed covering a pro-Assad demonstration as he was documenting “the damages left by terrorists…with photos and interviewing citizens who were victims of terror in the city when [an] armed terrorist member fired mortar projectiles on the delegation.” This is in keeping with the government’s narrative that armed gangs and terrorists are responsible for the violence and are trying to overthrow the regime.

But the Syrian Revolution General Commission, an opposition force, disputed that account, claiming, “The journalists were attacked in a heavily militarized regime stronghold — it would be hugely difficult for any armed opposition to penetrate the area and launch such a deadly attack.” It says that the mortars were fired from an “infantry vehicle.”

But today, AP is reporting that a “barrage of grenades” were responsible for Jacquier’s death. The reporter was with a group of 15 other foreign journalists who had received permission to cover the rally. Only a limited number of outside reporters have been allowed into the country and each is assigned a handler to make sure they cover what the Syrian government wants them to see.

Herein lies the great dilemma of gleaning the truth of what is actually happening in Syria. With no independent news sources to weigh accounts and come to a reasonable conclusion regarding events on the ground, it is proving impossible to discover the “facts” as one would normally do regarding any other story. Both the government and major opposition groups have their own agendas, their own perspectives on events, and trying to sift through contradictory accounts and be reasonably sure that one has a handle on the story has become an exercise in futility.

If the truth is the first casualty of war, the second has to be clarity.

No such uncertainty clouds the view of the international community and opposition forces inside Syria when it comes to an assessment of the effectiveness of the Arab League observer mission that has been in country since December 26 of last year. There has been universal condemnation of the League’s timidity, and its failure to stand up to the Syrian government and demand the kind of access that would give an accurate picture of what was happening.

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  • crackerjack

    This a Saudi backed Sunni insurgency against an Alawite Baath regime, with the aim of weakening Shiite, Iranian influence in the region.

    Let's no be so gullible as to believe that the Saudis, who recently invaded Bahrein to crush the local democracy movement, have human rights on their minds. This is a proxy civil war, and if "successful", will usher in a rigid Islamic sharia rule of some nature, funded and controlled via Riyadh.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      This a Saudi backed Sunni insurgency against an Alawite Baath regime, with the aim of weakening Shiite, Iranian influence in the region.

      Indeed, that is one of those cracks and fissures within Islam the US should seek to exploit to reap discord in the Islamic world, as Muslim on Muslim conflict is good for the Dar al Harb (us) and bad for the Dar al Islam (them).

      who recently invaded Bahrein to crush the local democracy movement

      What democracy movement? Democracy movement in the Islamic world is an oxymoron. It really was a Shiite uprising. Thus, the reason you mislabel what was happening in Bahrain as being a democracy movement is obviously because you support Iran, because they are the most aggressive faction of Muslims currently waging jihad against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel and because you support their quest for nuclear weapons, as you didn't all of a sudden lose your Jew hating and your American hating stripes.

      have human rights on their minds.

      Neither did the Shiites in Bahrain, as human rights in Islam are antithetical to Sharia and constitute blasphemy.

      This is a proxy civil war, and if "successful", will usher in a rigid Islamic sharia rule of some nature, funded and controlled via Riyadh.

      Can't disagree with you on that, but Assad is also an authoritarian poodle of Iran, which is also just as bad, as Iran is at war with the USA, Israel, and indeed the entire un-Islamic world and is on the verge of acquiring nukes, which you also support. Thus, both factions – the Sunnis and the Shiites, which includes the Alawites – are in reality our eternal enemies exactly like all Muslims of whatever stripe. Hence, the US should foment the conflict instead of intervening, because it is in our interest to do so since it weakens the Sunnis and the Shiites.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    The Syrians are indeed on their own. Oh, and who would replace the Alawites anyways? A secular Democratic regime? Guess again. Its all about the rise of the 6th Khalifa. Iran wants Assad, and the Sunnis want an Islamist government. Iran is helping Assad to put down the revolution. It will not allow a Sunni Islamist regime to take over one of their puppet governments in the ME. Forget freedom and Democracy in Syria, it ain't going to happen, no matter who wins the Syrian civil war.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    “Jacqueir’s death comes at a time when the Arab League observer mission appears to be collapsing, unable to stop the violence and protect protesters from the brutal crackdown that is now in its 10th month.”

    This is a lie. Saudi Arabia was just calling for an end to the violence via the Arab League, but Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia is fomenting and supplying the violence in Syria. Your lying about the event resembles your lying about the NH elections a few days ago.

    • Rick Moran

      Not you again. There are a couple of hundred military defectors who are fighting 100,000 Syrian soldiers and about the same number of Shabihah militiamen who are firing on unarmed protestors.

      The violence is all coming from one side. And it ain't your conspiracy minded idiocies regarding the Saudis that is at fault. It is the bloodthirsty nature of the Assad regime who guns down babies and women in the streets.

      And being called a liar by someone so cowardly they won't even use their real name is about par for the course. The fact that you are incapable of summoning the courage to publish anything using your own name means either you are ashamed of who you are, or ashamed of how truly ignorant you are.

      • trickyblain

        Yet if the Obama admistration lifted a finger to help the rebellion, all of a sudden FPM would become pro-Assad, like it did in the case of Lybia and Khadafi.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        As I said before, Mr. Master Spy, my name is Robert Goodwin, and I go by Flipside, and my name goes right to my registered site. It is a FACT that Prince Bandar is supplying the Syrian rebels. It is a FACT that Ron Paul unsurprisingly and easily took second place in NH despite the machinations of Dana Bash and Chris Wallace, and Lawrence O’Donnell. I did, in fact publish many things in my own name. They are on file with the DHS.

        • Rick Moran

          Not you again. There are a couple of hundred military defectors who are fighting 100,000 Syrian soldiers and about the same number of Shabihah militiamen who are firing on unarmed protestors.

          Which "rebels?" There are a couple of hundred defectors with assault rifles. What the heck is Bandahar supplying them with? Bullets? The Free Syrian Army is a shell. They have no heavy weapons whatsoever.

          It does not surprise me that someone in love with Ron Paul believes in these nonsensical conspiracy theories – including the giggle worthy notion that you have elicited any interest from Homeland Security.

          Jesus, see a shrink about your problem with paranoia.

  • mrbean

    The clandestine Muslim hating whitey Marxist in the oval office and his post menopausal anti semite hag Secretary of State have bungled badly in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Libya is in chaos, Syrian in chaos, Pakistan, and Iran with over 100 North Korean scientists, engineers, and technicians working in Iran will soon have nuclear weapons. The result will be a very large Mid East war whether we want it or not. The Muslims are murdering hundreds of Christians in Nigeria and where is the outrage. Oh…. some Marine snipers took a wee wee on some Taliban corpse they killed. Ohhh, dear so awful.

    • Amused

      Run along Mr.Bean , you're a schmuck ….credibility =ZERO .Unfortunately your mentality pervades here as does apporoval of your idiotic remarks . LOL…there's atleast 3 bonafide fellow idiots . Take a bow idiots !

      • 9-11 Infidel

        Your credibility is at -2 right now. If his is at zero…he's doing better than you are.

    • vlondo

      Hillary reckons peeing on dead murderers is a war crime. They should have kept Bin Ladens body – l would pay $5.00 to pee on that.

  • Fred Dawes

    It will come down to one more blood bath and come on people that is normal in islam.

    The real goal is to move into this area and control the government by using our one world banking system and that maybe the real reason why so many must be killed

  • http://WWW.CAPTAINSBLOG.US ABUTOM

    UDEI PELOSI, SENATOR BILL BAYONET THE BABIES NELSON AND KOMMY KUCINICH HAVE ALL BEEN TO SYRIA TO LICK THE ANKLES OF SADAAMS HUSSEIN'S BAATH PARTNER. PELOSI DEMANDED A BIGGER PLANE TO FLY 40 BOOT LICKERS WHEN BUSH WAS PRESIDENT AND ASKED THEM NOT TO GO. THAT IS WHY OBAMA BIN LADEN STRUCK WEAK LIBYA AND PROTECTED SYRIA.
    BASHAR AL ASSAD KILLED THE LEBANESE PRIME MINISTER. HE MAKES WHOLE VILLAGES DISSAPPEAR JUST LIKE SADAAM DID. HE MURDERS THE WOUNDED IN HOSPITALS. HIS IEDS HAVE KILLED 4500 AMERICANS AND WOUNDED 50,000 MORE. YET OBAMA SEES NO EVIL. MAYBE BASHAR IS IN A UNION OR A BIG CHAMPAGNE CONTRIBUTOR.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Throughout the entire World where you find Islam you find violence, murder and
    mayhem under the control of the most powerful despot. The challenge we see in
    the Middle East is from the Muslim Brotherhood who are trying to bring all
    authority under their tent and line up their followers as the leaders of the faithful.
    They have and agenda of conquest and control by way of outright war or by
    deceit. The outcome will be the return of the Caliphate and it is trying to
    go World wide, inexorably the Muslim Brotherhood moves on and change takes
    place with and ending that will erase all opposition and enslave mankind. There
    is another ending, they all meet their doom at the hands of what is left of the
    free World and those who refuse to submit……………………………….William

  • Flowerknife_us

    The Family Feud enters a new season.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The problem with Syria is both sides of the equation are our enemies. If I had to lean one way or the other, I'd probably lean towards the ouster of Assad because it would be a setback to Iran, which is on the verge of getting nukes. Nevertheless, both sides of the equation are our eternal enemies and I would be totally 100 percent against any US involvement under any circumstance including on humanitarian grounds.

    Now, on the other hand, I would support the obliteration of the ruling Mullah regime in Iran and the eradication of their nuclear weapons program. I would also support the confiscation and destruction of the Saudi owned nuclear weapons arsenal in Pakistan and the elimination of its nuclear weapons program.

    Additionally, I would also support seizing the Mideast oilfields and confiscating the immense unearned oil wealth of the Saudis and the Gulf State Emirs, not out of greed mind you, but in self-defense since they are already using those resources and assets to wage a stealth global jihad against us and all non-Muslim unbelievers around the world. Hence, we don't have any other choice in the matter.

    Further, I would also support outlawing Islam and banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, since mass Muslim immigration is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme and represents an astronomically far greater threat to our security and freedom than from violent jihad.

    Finally, I would also support isolating the Islamic world, since without the West the Islamic world is incapable of producing anything on its own other than bloodshed, mayhem, torture, and lots and lots of misery, which means that it inevitably will fall into abject poverty. Then we should let them stew for a few generations in their own Islamic paradise until such time that the ideology of Islam eventually becomes discredited and destroyed.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

      Decent start.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Good thing you thought this through, Jim. The day they appoint a blogger to redesign the Middle East, you’ll be ready to roll.

  • rehmat2

    On July 4, a conference of Syrian anti-regime groups was held in Saint-Germain in France. The meeting was attended by 200 people representing none of the Syrian groups calling for reforms in Syria – the ‘Democratic change in Syria’. The meeting was organized by La Regle du Jeu (The Rule of the Game) magazine and website which is headed by Zionist Jew Bernard-Henri Levy. The other Zionist Jews who attended the meeting included Bernard Kouchner, former French foreign minister, Frederik Ansel, a member of Israel’s ruling Likud Party, Alex Goldfarb, former Knesset member and adviser to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak and Andre Glucksmann, an Islamophobe French writer.
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/israeli-c

  • Amused

    Just stand back , shove your partisan politics up your asssses and let muslims do what muslims do best …..KILL EACH OTHER . Democracy to muslims , is freedom to kill whomsoever you want , whenever you want ,for whatever reason you want .
    As for Obama ? Whatever he does , or doesn't do , the pathetic bunch here will be blaming him .
    As for you rehmat2, go buy yourself a one-way ticket to Syria , so you can be amongst your freinds. just think !! you can be a martyr !!!

    • 9-11 Infidel

      "Just stand back , shove your partisan politics up your asssses and let muslims do what muslims do best …..KILL EACH OTHER "
      An interesting idea. Trouble is, who will they kill when they stop killing each other? Muhammed made it clear that he was to spread Islam by the sword throughout the House Of War until the only religion left is Islam. There is a great Muslim treatise on the subject. Its called "Moderate Islam is Prostration to the West".

    • ziontruth

      They can multitask, Amused. It's a good idea to let them kill each other, but it only slows them down a bit, it doesn't stop them slaughtering non-Muslims. They've got the demographics for multitasking between autogenocide and infidel-genocide, and it also happens their demographics are inside the infidels' home bases as well.

      Pitting them against each other is not enough. They must be deported en masse from all infidel homelands.

  • Ellman

    So where are Obama and NATO when you need them? How is Assad less worthy of assassination than Qaddafi?

  • Ann

    NOW THEY ACT LIKE THEY CARE??? think it's been going on for how long???