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UN BLAMES SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FOR HOULA MASSACRE WHICH IS SENSIBLE BECAUSE THEY DID IT
August 15 2012
Geneva, Switzerland –When the war is finally over, whenever that might be, and people start to take a real account of everything that happened in the conflict in Syria there will probably be a lot of horrors currently beyond calculation.
There will be plenty of blame to go around when that accounting does begin but already some of the blame is starting to be doled out. In particular, the United Nations has finally made a declaration on the Houla massacre which occurred in May, clearly blaming the Syrian government and militia for the deaths.
That massacre is still considered the worst of the conflict which has seen many such events, killing 108 people, 49 of whom were children. That blame, it is believed, will help set the stage for eventual criminal charges against Bashar al-Assad and his regime should they lose the war. If they win however the findings will likely mean nothing at all because, as a general rule, the International Criminal Court doesn’t really do anything about sitting heads of state even if they are responsible for massacring children.
“The Commission... reports that war crimes, including murder, extrajudicial killings and torture, were perpetrated by anti-Government armed groups. However these violations and abuses were not of the same gravity, frequency and scale as those committed by Government forces and the Shabbiha,” read the report in part. “... special inquiry into the events in Al-Houla on 25 May 2012 concluding that
Government forces and Shabbiha fighters were responsible for the killings of over 100 civilians, nearly half of whom were children.”
It was widely expected that the report would yield exactly those findings and many were actually surprised that the UN actually even bothered taking the time to generate the report at all.
It’s not clear if the findings will actually result in actions against the government or just more of the same.
“This is certainly nice and shows that the UN is paying attention to everything that’s going on in Syria but it’s still a little confusing as to how this will really impact the situation on the ground or really anything at all. I mean the government knows they did it, the people they did it, and pretty much everyone who paid attention at all knows they did it so it’s hard to see how this changes anything,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “It’s nice that they spent all this time and energy creating this fancy report but I think they might have been better served actually doing something about preventing further massacres but then I don’t work for the UN, I don’t know how their thing works.”
On the day of the finding 30 more people were killed by warplanes in Azaz, near Aleppo.
“I suppose at the end of all of this, if it does actually end someday, they will be able to take all these reports and put them together and create a picture of everything that happened in the country which will be nice. At least they are keeping up with things, making sure that they have all their t’s crossed,” continued Martinez. “Of course if this war goes on forever as it seems to be going then all of that work will be for naught. They need it to end before being able to present these things to anyone and that doesn’t seem to be happening. Maybe they could make a report about that, see what that does.”
Syrian officials of course lashed out at the report and then lashed out at some children for reading it.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent