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SYRIA DOESN’T REALLY KNOW WHO KILLED ALL THOSE PEOPLE IN HOMS
February 4 2012
Damascus, Syria – From the outside, it appears that things in Syria are getting to the point beyond which things can never be recovered. Every day stories of violence bleed out of the country as protestors and police forces continue to clash in what has quickly become the darkest days of the Arab Spring which, at one point, held so much promise for the people of the region.
Now, in the latest incident more than 400 people have been killed in the city of Homs, long considered a rebel stronghold, with conflicting reports as to who was responsible for the actions. While the rebel forces claim the killings were conducted by police, Government officials say that is not the case and not only are they not sure who did the killings, they are also, frankly, sick and tired of the accusations that they would even consider conducting such dastardly deeds.
“We know that gunmen were likely responsible for these deaths, which we are absolutely sure did occur despite earlier reports to the contrary. However, we have not been able to confirm who these gunmen were and to what end they decided to conduct these killings, which of course we abhor,” said a government spokesperson. “Our suspicions are that someone from the protestor group itself organized this shooting and all of these deaths, as has been the case with every single death in the country since these events began. We are deeply concerned that as we try to make this country a safer place that there are people trying to increase the violence. It is very sad.”
Officially, 416 people were killed, all civilians, though it is believed that a handful may have massacred themselves.
The rebel group FSA (Free Syrian Army) has accused the government of conducting the killings and trying to place the blame on rebel forces, which few people inside or outside the country are buying.
“These are the acts of a desperate and murderous government that must be upended. Their claims of innocence are ludicrous given all the acts they have committed before and the very obvious evidence of what they have done. We will fight them until we they are gone,” said an FSA spokesperson. “These types of incidents are exactly what we are fighting against and are totally unacceptable. We will use this incident as evidence against these murderous forces and will push them out of the country, either in planes or in caskets, either is fine by us.”
At least burnt out tank was spotted outside the city, which the rebels claim is evidence of the government’s actions. The government claims it was a peace tank attacked by rebel forces.
“One way or the other, meaning no matter who killed these people, it’s clear that things have started to spiral downwards. Whether it’s the government doing the killing or some other force inside the country intent on maintaining chaos, it’s pretty clear that something will have to change in order for peace to ever happen,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “I mean eventually they are just plum going to run out of people to kill and so it will have to get to the point of negotiation eventually. Ideally they should try sitting down now before all the chairs are coated in blood and little bits of skull and try to work out some kind agreement. That seems unlikely though, given the way things have gone this far.”
Syrian President is said to be very sad about all the killings in Homs and plans on doing something about it eventually.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent