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Report: Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre (Syria)
National Review ^ | 9 June 2012 | John Rosenthal

Posted on 06/10/2012 9:13:50 AM PDT by LSUfan

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...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; falseflagfreepers; islam; jihad; pravda; syria
REPORTS FROM IRAQ INDICATE THAT SINCE THE VIOLENCE ESCALATED IN SYRIA, ATTACKS FROM AL QAEDA AND OTHER JIHADISTS IN IRAQ HAS DECLINED SIGNIFICANTLY. BE WARY OF THOSE WHO ARE CALLING FOR US OR NATO INTERVENTION ON BEHALF OF THE "REBELS." OUR ONLY INTEREST IN SYRIA IS TO PREVENT WMD FROM ENDING UP IN THE HANDS OF JIHADISTS.
1 posted on 06/10/2012 9:14:12 AM PDT by LSUfan
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To: LSUfan

Thank you for this.


2 posted on 06/10/2012 9:31:08 AM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: LSUfan

When I first read the reports about this “Massacre”, I immediately thought it was a false flag operation. The reaction from the Press and U.N. seemed to be highly coordinated in their reporting and reaction to the reporting.

Let’s face it, over the years we have seen that the “Islamics” are more than willing to sacrifice their own people and children to get a PR reaction that furthers their ultimate goals.


3 posted on 06/10/2012 9:53:29 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: LSUfan

It is about time that the civilized nations become unified and start to wipe out this scourge. These people are virtually sub-human, have no respect for life.

The best thing the world could do is eliminate the followers of the false prophet mohammed.

If the world wants to survive, there is no place for these idiots, ever.

No sense trying to reason with them, trying to appease them or anything. Cut their throats, bomb their cities, they are nothing more than cockroaches. eliminate them like a pest in your home. Otherwise they will eliminate you.


4 posted on 06/10/2012 10:01:09 AM PDT by bobo1
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To: LSUfan
It's vaguely amusing how the same Sunni Arabs who simultaneously (1) say that 9/11 was an inside job instigated and planned by Jews, none of whom were harmed during the attack, and (2) are proud that Arabs were able to carry the attack successfully, are now to be taken at their word when they allege any given atrocity by the Alawite regime. We've let our journalists', politicians' and think tanks' irrational faith in the essential goodness of Sunni Arab man-troglodyte-in-the-street to cloud our judgment. It's one thing for Sunni Arabs to be prejudiced against Alawites, given that anti-heretic/-apostate/-non-Sunni hatred is their schtick. What's our excuse, given our long experience with Sunni Arab duplicity, love for the mass murder of civilians as recreation and their sheer wickedness, to use a term that is now rapidly going out of fashion? When was the last time you heard of an Alawite suicide bomber killing Americans?

It looks like in Syria, the Sunni Arabs are getting yet another propaganda coup like 9/11. They not only get to kill infidels and blame the killings on infidels - they also get to recast the infidel victims as poor, persecuted Sunnis.

5 posted on 06/10/2012 10:07:47 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: LSUfan

It is appropriate to point out that this story is no more a “fact” than the previous stories blaming the killings on the government.

This is the other side’s story. Which is the truth? Who knows?


6 posted on 06/10/2012 10:11:52 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: LSUfan

This report would not surprise me. We need to stay out of there. We should have learned a lesson from Iraq.


7 posted on 06/10/2012 10:12:53 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: LSUfan

The sad thing is that Western intelligence knows well that this atrocity and some of the others were rebel actions not Assad. We have 24/7 aerial surveillance of the entire nation, spies from every nation envelope Syria, etc.

The question is why the political side, Obama and his minions (Clinton, Panetta, etc) are changing the true story to an anti-Assad one.

I believe it is because we are carrying the water for the Muslim Brotherhood. I believe ME is gaining control throughout North Africa because the WH is making it possible and acceptable.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 10:13:55 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: bobo1

>If the world wants to survive, there is no place for these idiots, ever.<

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Tsk, tsk, tsk. Remember that our national religion is to worship at the altar of diversity, multiculturalism and liberalism. Anything goes — the more deviant and repulsive the action, the more relevant they become in our national psyche.

This religion will only disappear when the Muslims take over because our present leadership does not object to it.


9 posted on 06/10/2012 10:22:10 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

eliminate them. we just need to get some gonads.

Blessings, Bobo


10 posted on 06/10/2012 10:31:54 AM PDT by bobo1
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To: Sherman Logan
This is the other side’s story. Which is the truth? Who knows?

My instinct is to lend less credence to what Sunnis say. When was the last time you heard of an Alawite suicide bomber? Our experience with Sunnis is that on sectarian issues, they are (a) unappeasable and (b) joyously genocidal. I'll reserve judgment on Alawites until they start killing Americans in large numbers. From the article:

“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.

The FAZ report echoes eyewitness accounts collected from refugees from the Houla region by members of the Monastery of St. James in Qara, Syria. According to monastery sources cited by the Dutch Middle East expert Martin Janssen, armed rebels murdered “entire Alawi families” in the village of Taldo in the Houla region.


11 posted on 06/10/2012 10:32:32 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Sherman Logan
More from the article:

Already at the beginning of April, Mother Agnès-Mariam de la Croix of the St. James Monastery warned of rebel atrocities’ being repackaged in both Arab and Western media accounts as regime atrocities. She cited the case of a massacre in the Khalidiya neighborhood in Homs. According to an account published in French on the monastery’s website, rebels gathered Christian and Alawi hostages in a building in Khalidiya and blew up the building with dynamite. They then attributed the crime to the regular Syrian army. “Even though this act has been attributed to regular army forces . . . the evidence and testimony are irrefutable: It was an operation undertaken by armed groups affiliated with the opposition,” Mother Agnès-Mariam wrote.

12 posted on 06/10/2012 10:35:22 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: LSUfan

Ok...can we FINALLY just ignore Syria completely and let them kill each other, and just root for maximum causalities? Thank you.


13 posted on 06/10/2012 11:12:38 AM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
Ok...can we FINALLY just ignore Syria completely and let them kill each other, and just root for maximum causalities? Thank you.

There are 2.5m Alawites in Syria and 1b Sunnis worldwide. Overall, I like to root for the little guy, especially when between the WTC bombings (1993 and 2001), and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sunnis have killed 10,000 Americans. Bottom line is that I'll break out the champagne when Syria is declared a Sunni-free zone.

14 posted on 06/10/2012 12:44:04 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: LSUfan

Sounds like the propaganda campaign the US waged leading up to the attack on Serbia.


15 posted on 06/10/2012 2:11:40 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: LSUfan

Yesterday, I posted the huge link between the Obama Regime and the Moslem Brotherhood. Now, journalist’s have photographic proof that the Moslem Brotherhood is behind the Houlms massacre in Syria to destabilize Assad. I’m no friend of Assad, but our President is now in league with the Moslem Brotherhood. Is there any chance that the reduction of Damascus to a ruinous heap comes as part of a cover-up of both the MB and Obama’s Arab Spring project to build the Third Caliphate.
Perhaps this is Obama’s ultimate goal? We need to be wide awake and fervent in prayer. What do other FReepers think?


16 posted on 06/10/2012 2:45:03 PM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: bobo1
It is about time that the civilized nations become unified and start to wipe out this scourge. These people are virtually sub-human, have no respect for life. The best thing the world could do is eliminate the followers of the false prophet mohammed. If the world wants to survive, there is no place for these idiots, ever. No sense trying to reason with them, trying to appease them or anything. Cut their throats, bomb their cities, they are nothing more than cockroaches. eliminate them like a pest in your home. Otherwise they will eliminate you.

Really? This is posted on FR and not deleted? Wow!

17 posted on 06/11/2012 1:22:38 AM PDT by vlad335
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To: Zhang Fei

Americans are fighting a war the Saudia Arabians want.


18 posted on 06/11/2012 2:13:06 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: LSUfan

Straight out of the KLA’s playbook, who the rebels were recently training with in Kosovo.


19 posted on 06/11/2012 10:24:13 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: vlad335

You got that right.

blessings, bobo


20 posted on 06/11/2012 6:22:58 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: 353FMG

I appreciate your comments. Until we deal with the problem, we will be nothing but targets.

Where in the world did we lose rationality?

I am not PC, I do not have to agree with fascists, marxists, gay’s, and any other perversion.

Guess that makes me Not-a-Rat.

Blessings, Bobo


21 posted on 06/11/2012 9:34:53 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: bobo1

>Where in the world did we lose rationality?<

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We lost rationality when we decided that truth could be bent and changed in any shape that pleased us.

I am not referring to you personally but to our society in general. We have lost our soul and virtue has become evil and evil, virtue.

In fact, we have gone a step further — our kids are no longer taught in school, they are being indoctrinated in social opinions that will only be detrimental to their lives and to the country they live in.


22 posted on 06/12/2012 9:10:23 AM PDT by 353FMG
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