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SYRIAN ACTIVISTS FIND BODIES OUTSIDE DAMASCUS AND, WELL, JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE ELSE
August 18 2012
Damascus, Syria – There was a point in the Syrian conflict when it could have been argued, perhaps only by playing Devil’s Advocate, that the government was simply trying halt a group of domestic terrorists bent on tearing the country apart. If such a rebellion has taken place in, say, Texas, few would argue otherwise. That is how the Syrian government started the war and continues to fight it.
However that argument started to shift when it became clear that massacres were occurring. That gangs of hired thugs were going into small villages and killing women and children who were not involved in the war and most certainly were not engaged in open rebellion against the government.
Those types of events – in Houla, Hama, Homs, and a host of other places – forced the conflict to take on a different dimension, one in which the government was very clearly waging a war of terror and fear against its opponents and not one against a group of rebels. Those events started to muddy the water for Bashar Assad and his regime and now a new find on the outskirts of Damascus points to a fresh such incident, a new massacre that has left dozens of bodies lying around the capital just like they are lying around the rest of the country pretty much everywhere.
“We believe government forces executed the victims before setting their bodies. We are still trying to find out who the victims in Qatana were and what happened,” said an activist who came across the bodies on the outskirts of the capital city.
At least sixty bodies were found though because they were so mangled and burned it could be even more.
Sixty would be one of the lowest death tolls in the many massacres that have occurred but still up there.
“It has become very hard to argue for the Syrian government in recent months, even more difficult than it was before. Look, at first they were dealing with a rebellion in their country and they were working to put down that rebellion. The world may not like Assad and his regime but you can’t really argue against that because you wouldn’t in other countries,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “Things did change when they started butchering innocent people. That was a major policy shift and one that is really hard to defend by anyone. Well not Russia obviously but by just about everyone else.”
Despite clear evidence of such mass slaughters, Russia has continued to support the Assad regime.
“It’s good that these people are out there finding evidence of such events, crimes really, well, actually, but that could go on forever and ever. I mean if you sit there and just keep looking for evidence of mass slaughter you’ll never stop. There are bodies like everywhere and you’ll just keep counting and counting and counting. It’s almost silly to start,” continued Gershwin. “We all know they are slaughtering folks and we really don’t need any more evidence of that fact. Besides, it’s not like anyone is going to do anything about it. I mean let’s be serious here, the whole effort of going around and counting all those bodies does seem like kind of waste in the big picture, realistically.”
It’s not clear how many more might have been slaughtered in the Damascus suburbs but probably a lot.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent