Houla Massacre a Game Changer in Syria

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Details are emerging from Houla township in Syria about the horrific massacre that killed at least 108 innocent civilians and the finger of responsibility is pointing directly at the Assad regime.

Among the dead: 49 children and 34 women. The worldwide expressions of outrage at the massacre may be the impetus for further UN sanctions, as well as increasing the likelihood that Western nations will begin supplying the Syrian rebels with more sophisticated and deadly armaments. This, along with the increased effectiveness of the Free Syrian Army, could lead to a full scale civil war that could easily spread to neighboring Lebanon and other countries, or devolve into a religious war, which would dramatically worsen the humanitarian crisis now afflicting much of the country.

Eyewitness accounts from several sources indicate that the killing spree was conducted by the feared Alawite militia fanatically loyal to President Bashar Assad, the shabbiha. Filtering in from Alawite villages near Houla, the shabbiha attacks were conducted door to door, and were apparently planned and systematically carried out. To maximize the terror, children as young as five years old were either shot or hacked to death in the presence of their parents.

On Sunday, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned the attack — a potential turning point for the international community as both Russia and China voted along with the rest of the Council to condemn the Syrian government. The significance of this vote cannot be lost on Damascus. Russia and China have blocked every single previous attempt by the UN to condemn or sanction the Assad regime for its brutal crackdown. It is clear that the massacre has caused the two permanent members of the Security Council to begin a reassessment of their unflinching support for Assad in the face of more than 9,000 dead civilians since the revolt began.

And despite the extreme reluctance of Western nations — including the United States — to speak of military intervention, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Fox News on Monday that more atrocities like Houla could trigger “intervention” by the military.

In a statement, French President Francois Hollande said, “The murderous folly of the Damascus regime represents a threat for regional security and its leaders will have to answer for their acts.” But Russia, while voting with the rest of the UN Security Council to condemn Assad’s government for the massacre, believes that “both sides” are responsible for the massacre. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “Both sides have obviously had a hand in the deaths of innocent people, including several dozen women and children. This area is controlled by the rebels, but it is also surrounded by the government troops.”

Accounts from several eyewitnesses belie that statement. The attack began after Friday afternoon prayers in Taldou, a village outside of Houla, when several thousand protestors were fired upon by Assad’s troops. Activists on the ground say that 5 demonstrators were killed by the indiscriminate fire. In response to that attack, elements of the Free Syrian Army hit army checkpoints in Taldou. Assad’s forces responded by firing tank shells and mortars directly into a Sunni Muslim area of the town. Activists say about 15 civilians died in the barrage.

But the bloodletting began in earnest with the arrival of several dozen shabbiha militia. The militia has made a name for itself by conducting violent sweeps through suspected rebel areas, arresting most of the male population while looting houses and torturing prisoners. They are also known to stand behind army units and kill any soldier who refuses to fire at unarmed civilians.

This time, they came for blood.

An 11-year-old boy describes the attack on his family:

“My mum yelled at them,” said the boy. “She asked: ‘What do you want from my husband and son?’ A bald man with a beard shot her with a machine gun from the neck down. Then they killed my sister, Rasha, with the same gun. She was five years old. Then they shot my brother Nader in the head and in the back. I saw his soul leave his body in front of me.

After looting the house of “three televisions and a computer,” the militiamen caught up with the young man’s father, brother and uncle. They shot them as they were fleeing out of the door of the house. The boy escaped by smearing his brothers blood on his face and playing dead until the shabbiha left.

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  • H&R_ Barack

    The Religion of Peace.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      No, just islam.
      They didn't do this in the name of Christ.
      They didn't do this because they were taught to by Christ.

    • Snorbak

      Please enlighten me on just how you manage to weave Christianity into this mess.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        I guess that you still can't show the teachings of Christ advocate for any of this.
        I guess you're still the hate filled bigot who is blinded by all your considerable hate while overlooking islam actually teaches this.

        • patriothere

          You can't show where it is prohibited.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Of course I can.
            You silly Iranian muslim.

            Matt 19:18

          • patriothere

            That's not proof of anything. Where is it prohibited? Where does it say to not convert the non believers? Where does it say, "don't conquer native peoples" ?

            No where.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You should read the text, then comment on it.

          • patriothere

            I did. No proof.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You asked me to prove that my religion prohibited slaughter, I gave a text from Christ's own lips saying not to murder.

            That's proof, even proof a muslim should realize is rock solid.

  • PhillipGaley

    Well, if we pray, and the killers come into proper relationship with The Son of G0D, then things will be changed—won't they, . . . does that sound too far out?

    • Bartimaeus

      Individuals can be changed by turning to the Son of God, and we should pray for that, but the general course of history awaits the coming Kingdom of the Son of God for real lasting peace. When His enemies are made the foot stool of his feet (Psalm 110), then untold blessing and peace will arrive on earth. The world will pass through the great tribulation first (Jeremiah 30:5-7 Matthew 24:21-22). Now is the day of salvation (the church age) for individuals out of all tribes, and tongues, and nations, for all that will turn to Christ.

  • logdon

    And if the US intervenes, what then?

    Muslim kumbaya jerk circles of lurve and stars and stripes flag waving?

    • southwood

      This writer, Rick Moran, just does not question the validity of the whole UN/Globalist/EU/Obama/MSM stance on this. Are we supposed to believe that a heavily biassed alliance of these people is going to give us the truth all the time ? Why is it not being noted that many of the rebels are "extremists" (in Islamophiliac PC speak, of course, but in actual fact, good murderous Muslims), even Al Qaeeda backed ? So, it is surely wise to doubt this massacre as being by the Syrian government. The allied globalists want a massacre like this to justify intervention just like they did with the set up in Srebrenica by Clinton and the UN during the Bosnian war. Also, remember the bombing of Muslims in Sarajevo in the same war ? That was blamed on the Serbs although there was evidence that the Muslims bombed their own co-religionists in order to make it appear to the gullible Western organizations that the Serbs were the perpetrators.

      I have reservations about Alex Jones in some ways but sometimes he gets it right. Look at the alternative view :
      http://www.infowars.com/phony-houla-massacre-how-

      • logdon

        No mistake! Obama backs Muslim Brotherhood again
        U.S.-supported Syrian protesters press for open ties with Islamist group
        http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/no-mistake-obama-backs

        • southwood

          Yes. Lies from Obama's spokespersons, lies from the media, and, of course, lies from the rebels in Syria. The Assad regime will be doing some lying too. Who to believe nowadays when stuff comes out in the media ? No one, just research for yourself is all you can really do.

          BTW today some people are pointing the finger at the BBC for digging out 9 year old pictures of atrocities in Syria as part of their propaganda campaign. BBC = Blasphemy, Buggery and Cowardice, to quote someone who saw through them.

          • logdon

            I live in Britain and have witnessed with horror the demise of our national broadcaster.

            It's got so bad I no longer watch it.

          • southwood

            Good on ye.

            I'm in the UK too; Scotland to be precise.

        • southwood

          Have a look at this. Shocking actions from the rebels :
          http://barnabasfund.org/UK/News/Prayer-Focus-Upda

  • StephenD

    The USA has NO BUSINESS intervening. Syria is not a friend of ours. The Syrian people have never reached out to us. The "opposition" in Syria is not a friend of ours. Let Russia and China put their money where their mouths are. They are the ones that have brokered for Assad up to now, let them be the ones to bring him to heal. If the UN wants to step up, let the bulk of it be on these two countries that have thus far enabled Assad to keep to this path of villainy.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Those are many of the same reasons we had no business handling Libya over to the Al Qaida folks who needed a safe haven and oil revenues to fund terror around Africa.

      Thankfully that's not the case in Syria, but I wonder which of Obama's muslim friends will get his nod. Usually he leans toward Iran and it's allies.

      • Looking4Sanity

        Don't forget about Egypt! That's just turning out SO well!

        When your enemies are busy killing themselves, the best course of action is to sit on your hands and enjoy the show.

        Stephen makes a good point. I'm not convinced that there are any "good guys" in this whole Syria story. They all hate Israel and by extension the U.S. as well. Them slaughtering each other neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket. At least they're too busy at the moment to try rebuilding their nuclear program.

        • patriothere

          Egypt is turning our great. It sounds like you are a sympathizer for that dictator mubarek and his security council that tortured people, locked people in dungeons and murdered people. But you like that because he was kosher friendly. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. So every american should be supporting anybody that is anti rothchild zionism. Iran doesn't have a rothchild bank and that is why they have to be destroyed. Anybody that stands up to rothchild zionism risks being murdered by their goons and thugs. Like Obama. Or netanyahu.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            No, Egypt is not turning out great. It's turning into a revolting hell hole just like Iran only without the oil funds to feed the cleric elite.

          • patriothere

            The path to freedom is always the hardest. Something you would know nothing about. You are a coward taking the cowards way out.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            And the path to sharia is easy.

            Got it. I just sit back and let a rented mouth like you defend Iran while I ignore it.

          • patriothere

            The path to freedom is always the hardest. You would never know what that is about. You are a coward. Plain and simple. It's easy to defame and disrespect israels enemies when israel controls the US congress. It takes guts to expose zionism for the evil it is. It takes guts to go on a forum and speak the truth about rothchild zionism and the evil they produce.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Are you just cranky because your computers keep acting up?

          • patriothere

            Try speaking out against the REAL rulers of the world. Rothchild zionism.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Well, it's certainly not the persian barbarians.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Yes…I much prefer Mubarak to what's over there now. Israel is not our enemy, you idiot. They are our strategic ally…and our ONLY ally in the region. All your paranoid psychobabble about the Rothchilds only confirms that at some point you either had blunt force trauma to the head, took some bad drugs…or both. You obviously have serious mental health issues. SEEK HELP.

    • Snorbak

      Agreed, as tragic as the situation is, almost to the man, they are enemies of Israel & the West.
      Let their benefactors, China & Russia deal with the problem if they feel the need to intervene, our role should be limited to having empathy for the innocent & children.
      If the West is foolish enough to intervene than you can bet your rear that Assad will so something stupid towards Israel. This is a Sunni Shia fight & will not be problem for the West, providing it doesnt spill into Israel.

  • BS77

    As bad as conditions in Syria are…..think about this….the death toll in Mexico is four times worse. Mexico, right on our door step is a cauldron of crime, corruption and murder, massacre and horror. What is being done?

  • Silver Scumbag

    Another day in the muslim jungle

  • AntiSharia

    It's still best to stay out of Syria. There are no winners, no good guys, just two mobs of villains killing each other. The Baathists are animals, but the rebels- being dominated by al-qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood- are no better.

  • Hank Rearden

    Isn't this the way Islam works?

    If we go in there, we'll become the bad guys. And then some genius will decide that the only way it can work is if we don't shoot back.

    Is there going to be a Goldstone Report on this? Or has that phony retired from the international scene?

  • Ghostwriter

    Recently,an idiot called Vladimir appeared on this site to say that he supports Vladimir Putin and his foreign policy. Does that include arming the Assad dictatorship?

  • Drakken

    Why get involved? Let them slaughter each other to their little muslim hearts content. Sit back and let allah sort it out.

  • htmlcolorname

    Blatant propaganda. There is NO proof the massacre was carried out by Syrian regime.

  • wctaqiyya

    The good news is that neither China nor Russia provide significant material support to the Basher Assad regime. By most reliable reports, it has been nothing but a trickle for quite some time. The Iranians are influencing the Lebanese Hezbollah to help Bashar. But, that support is half-hearted. Hezbollah leadership knows that even all of the Iranian, Chinese and Russian influence in the world cannot stop Bashar's fall. The Turks and Saudis have said Bashar must go, and go he will. For the US, NATO or the UN to get significantly involved is foolish. Oh sure, they will send some material support to selected rebels and that's fine. They will foolishly send money to Turkey to help them pay for their efforts. I say foolishly because the Saudis should pay. And they would, since it is in their interest to do so. It's that Sunni vs. Shia Muslim thing. The UN, NATO and US diplo-pukes will continue to make speeches and that is fine. But it would be very, very foolish for the US to get directly involved. VERY foolish. Which is why I think that horses a*s Obama – will. So there.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Russia does supply them.
      A shop load of arms is one the way even as we type.
      http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/05/russia-ships

      • wctaqiyya

        Al Arabiya (Arabic: العربية‎ al-ʿArabiyyah; "The Arabic One") is a Saudi-owned pan-Arabist[1] television news channel broadcast in Arabic. Launched on March 3, 2003,[2] the channel is based in Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, and is majority-owned by the Saudi broadcaster Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC). Got this info from Wikopedia.

        Nice try bud. But I distinctly remember saying 'reliable reports'. Since the Saudi regime has a very definite interest in this matter, it should not be surprising that their primary propaganda outlet reflects that interest. I further find it very interesting that the alleged shipment has been allegedly en route since early May and still hasn't made it to Syria. Nowadays, you can sail half way around the globe in that time. And nobody has any specific information. Go figure. Like I said, nice try. But you fail.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Nice try, but that's not the only source reporting on it.

          But you fail.

          • wctaqiyya

            But it is the only source you linked. And, every other 'report' I saw used the Al Arabiya report as their source material. Or they admitted they had no information of their own. Or they claimed that the report 'seemed' valid. So, show me. I might be a hillbilly, but I still know the difference between one prejudiced report and vetted information confirmed by several independent and competing sources. SHOW ME.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger
          • wctaqiyya

            "Al Arabiya have learned that a Russian cargo ship carrying a large amount of weapons plans to unload its cargo in the Syrian port of Tartus," the broadcaster said on its website on Thursday.

            Once again troll, I will repeat myself for your dull ears. Your links above, with one exception, all use the Al Arabiya report as their source. That means you have one unreliable, prejudiced report. Just because that report is repeated does not make it credible. Why do you insist on being stupid?

            Your last linked story is from Al Jazeera and is about how the Lebanese government intercepted a LIBYAN ship loaded with weapons bound for Syria. Since it came from Libya, the weapons were probably intended for the rebels. This is an entirely different matter than your ghost ship from Russia. Now, who's the fool?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I thought you didn't trust al arabiya?
            And I can make up that they recanted the quote you pretend you now trust.

  • BS77

    It must be terrible for the children…for young women and the elderly, to live in a place like Syria. Then…think of what the Tibetans have endured for fifty years with the hideous Chinese invasion and destruction of TIbet.

  • Fiddler

    Very hard to read this. The propensity for evil in man is astonishing. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

  • BobbyClobber

    You can bet your bottom dollar, America & Israel were behind it. It’s a war on Arabs, …a 3 year old could figure it out, as long as they are not drugged out on Hollywood, Fox, CNN etc.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    !My chuckle is that Iran is going to slip one through our admittedly very porous southern border and then detonate this in a US city

    Wee todd

  • Looking4Sanity

    You really should use quotation marks when quoting something that will put you on the DHS watch list. I'm just sayin'.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Oops, I forgot to add a note at the bottom with'Mexico', and those other code words.

  • Looking4Sanity

    Yeah. No kidding. We joke, but these loons get more paranoid and delusional every day. That might not be such a bad thing except for the fact that they're aiming that paranoia at our own citizens instead of at the enemy where it belongs.

    This nation is being run by children…and now we've handed those children loaded guns. It can't end well if it keeps going like this.

  • patriothere

    What would china expect if they supported terrorists in OUR country that led to the deaths of OUR civilians? They would expect us to blow them to smithereens. If we found out that china was murdering OUR scientists what would we do? What about if we found out they were trying to overthrow our government. Or economically cripple us with sanctions? What would we do then?

    Remember the golden rule? Treat others the way you would want to be treated?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    If we preached and lived that we wanted to 'erase' China then we'd deserve it.

  • patriothere

    That makes no sense. The Iranians have never said they want to erase the United states. You fool!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Of course they do. We're the great satan. That's why they spend so much arming the insurgents we fight. Israel is just first, that's all.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/26/world/africa/26

  • patriothere

    The Iranians have never said they wanted to erase the United States.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    They don't want to destroy the great satan?
    Then what kind of muslims are they?

  • patriothere

    They never said they wanted to erase the United States.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Did they just take down the twin towers so they could roast marshmellows?

  • patriothere

    Who the zionist extremists that pulled off 9/11?

  • patriothere

    Iran had nothing to do with 9/11. Go ahead and present your propaganda and I will shut it down with facts and evidence.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You must be so crushed that Iranian jihadists were too slow and didn't manage to do the evil deed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    That bothers you, doesn't it?