As soon as more than 100 people been butchered in Houla, Syria, the West’s governments, their mouthpieces and the UN knew who to blame: Assad. Damascus denied anything to do with it, prompting Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, to retort that this was “another blatant lie”. Everyone knew that Damascus was responsible.
Except that that the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (as reported in the National Review ) didn’t leave it there and now reports that anti-Assad forces were responsible:
It was, in the words of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, the “tipping point” in the Syria conflict: a savage massacre of over 90 people, predominantly women and children, for which the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad was immediately blamed by virtually the entirety of the Western media. Within days of the first reports of the Houla massacre, the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, and several other Western countries announced that they were expelling Syria’s ambassadors in protest.
But according to a new report in Germany’s leading daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the Houla massacre was in fact committed by anti-Assad Sunni militants, and the bulk of the victims were member of the Alawi and Shia minorities, which have been largely supportive of Assad. For its account of the massacre, the report cites opponents of Assad, who, however, declined to have their names appear in print out of fear of reprisals from armed opposition groups.
The West immediately and without any evidence blamed Assad for the massacre. Was this a staged massacre? A deliberate provocation to pave the way for another Libya-style venture?
H. Clinton ought to know. The War Street Journal reports: “U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomats have stepped up their contacts with Syrian rebels in part to help organize their burgeoning military operations against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, according to senior U.S. officials.”
Oh but the Russians cannot supply Damascus with helicopters!
The WSJ goes on the report Clinton’s view that “the situation is spiraling toward civil war.” As in Libya, no doubt, fuelled by arms and cash sent by the west and possibly used to commit atrocities like those in Houla which are – without any justification – blamed on Damascus. The conclusion is clear: do not believe anything the government tells you.