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June 10, 2012
Were Syrian rebels behind Houla massacre?
One of the pitfalls of writing anything about Syria is that no one - not even the brave and resourceful Local Coordinating Committees who have been smuggling video of Assad's atrocities out of the country for months - knows what's really going on. In the case of the Houla massacre, where 116 citizens were executed, including 49 children and 34 women, the fog of war has descended over the incident and questions have now been raised regarding who was responsible. John Rosenthal at NRO: [A]ccording 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. According to the article's...(Read Full Post)