Monday, July 2, 2012

Syria is Becoming the Land of Massacres


John R. Houk
© July 2, 2012

Danny Jeffrey of Freedom Rings 1776 has uncovered a Western Media conspiracy to make Bashar al-Assad look like the only butcher in the Syrian civil war. The conspiracies involve utilizing photographs from other Muslim perpetrated atrocities and link it to the grisly massacre in Houla, Syria. Jeffrey has a point because in the process of looking for independent sources I found out that the BBC used a 2003 Iraq photo and implied this was a picture of the result of Assad’s forces slaughtering Syrians at Houla.

A few days have passed since the BBC irresponsibly passed off this 2003 picture of dead Iraqis as depicting dead Syrians in last week’s Houla massacre. The original photographer, who works for Getty Images, said “Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.” The Telegraph:

Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.

The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”. (Read entire article: The BBC’s Photo Fib of a Syrian Massacre; by John Glaser,, 5/29/12)

The photo Jeffrey uncovered was at Fox News (If Jeffrey’s uncovering gains traction, look to Fox News to remove photo at this story). Jeffrey goes through some very legitimate investigation which you can see by clicking HERE or going to the cross post below.

Jeffrey’s theme about the photo is that the Western Media is becoming a propaganda tool of the Western powers that are plugged into the United Nations’ concept of Responsibility to Protect:

The basic concept is that anytime a nation is being subjected to a forceful overthrow, the the UN affiliated members of the western powers are to intervene with a no fly zone over that nation. We did this in Libya along with providing arms to Al Qaeda in their effort to depose Qaddafi. The effort was perfect to enact R2P as Qaddafi was generally hated world wide so there was little outcry from the people of America. (From Jeffrey article cross posted at SlantRight 2.0 entitled “Israel’s Doomsday Scheme.”)

The R2P thinking in this light is a little practice of New World Order application under the auspices of the United Nations (think Agenda 21). Now I don’t know if Jeffrey thinks this is NWO stuff but I do. I do know that the R2P principle is a World Powers agenda to eliminate Israel (at least the EU and American Leftists) probably under the mistaken concept that no Israel means peace in the Middle East. After the Libyan R2P the Western powers then want to take down Assad.

The problem with taking down Assad is it is merely replacing a Jew-hating rogue Shia-Alawite regime with a Jew-hating Radical Islamic (al Qaeda influence) rogue Sunni regime. Israel – our chief ally in the Middle East – will not benefit in a regime change except perhaps Iran losing a chief ally in the Middle East.

Some short-sighted geopolitical thinking might see a National Security win for the USA with Iran losing its Syrian ally to a bunch Radical Islamic Sunnis. Historically there has been a bloody divide between Sunnis (90% of Islam) and Shias (10% of Islam). In Saudi Arabia the Wahhabi Clerics have often declared the Shias a bunch of infidels grouped with Christians, Jews and polytheists. On the other hand Iran has successfully crossed the Sunni-Shia divide by focusing on the modern enemy of Islam – Jewish Israel.

Hamas is a Sunni Muslim Brotherhood offshoot; however Iran has undoubtedly sent missiles to Hamas to use on Israel. Hamas has condemned the Assad regime for shooting Sunni Syrians; I believe that condemnation of Syria has more to do with traditional Sunni-Shia divide than insulting Assad-Hamas arms supporter Iran.

Jeffrey does not see the potential National Security benefit of screwing Iran by taking Assad out of Syria. Jeffrey sees only the R2P doctrine and Left Wing globalist conspirators like George Soros pulling the strings as part of an anti-Israel strategy. NOW I don’t discount Jeffrey’s thoughts about R2P, destroy Israel and globalism. It may very well be a part of multitudinous agendas that might have converged simultaneously in consensus to mess with Iran, but the agendas may part ways as far the end game of US Foreign Policy-Military Geopolitics. If I am correct on my convergence theory then Israel’s safety would depend largely who controls the White House after 2012. I am certain an Obama reelection will cement Jeffrey’s scenario!

Jeffrey starts his exposé on a false Houla photograph by throwing Senator McCain into complicity of knowingly supporting al Qaeda-like Sunni rebels as part of a greater R2P UN global strategy. Read the blog Friends of Syria which has a post specifically connecting Senator McCain, George Soros and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

There is no doubt in my mind that McCain is a RINO; however I believe McCain was a brave American veteran who suffered in a North Viet POW camp. I also believe McCain is unduly influenced by his staff which ropes him into projects that he stubbornly protects because his name is attached to it. For instance I believe it was brilliant to choose Sarah Palin as his VP running mate. McCain’s mistake was not unleashing Palin to be the lightening rod on bringing Obama’s sketchy history into question. McCain instead listened to his advisors to pull the reins on Palin allowing the press to portray her as a buffoon. Instead of trying to shut Palin up, McCain should have unleashed her to attack Obama on some of the same issues of experience in a tit-for-tat that I doubt Obama could answer straight forwardly. I think McCain would have won in 2008 if that political strategy was followed. BUT again, McCain was a Republican establishment RINO. As a RINO I doubt he would have taken the Socialist path Obama has taken however I doubt he would have done anything to change big government or take steps to lower or eliminate the deficit. For that matter I am doubtful Romney will be the Tea Party Conservative our nation needs; however I am confident Romney will end Obama’s Socialist agenda to change America. We need to elect Romney to put a hiccup in the Obama-Dem-Socialist agenda currently in place for America’s future.

Let’s get back to the Houla Massacre.

The issue about Houla is: Was it perpetrated by FSA (SA Wikipedia) rebels or Assad’s Shabiha Militia (not Syrian regular army)?  

The United Nations version gravitates toward the Assad regime as the culprit or at the very least Assad’s irregular Shabiha Militia. A Reuters article dated June 27, 2012 reports the UN view:

(Reuters) - Syrian government forces have committed human rights violations, including executions, across the country "on an alarming scale" during military operations in the past three months, United Nations investigators said on Wednesday.

Their report, presented by investigation head Paulo Pinheiro to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, also listed multiple killings and kidnappings by armed opposition groups trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

"In the increasingly militarized context, human rights violations are occurring across the country on an alarming scale during military operations against locations believed to be hosting defectors and/or those perceived as affiliated with anti-government armed groups, including the Free Syrian Army," the 20-page report said. (Emphasis Mine)

Syria's ambassador dismissed the accusations and walked out of the debate after threatening to end cooperation.

The investigation's report also said it was unable to determine who carried out a massacre of more than 100 people in Houla in late May but that forces loyal to Assad may have carried out many of the killings. This was based on its preliminary analysis of satellite images, videos and interviews with witnesses conducted either by telephone or Skype.

The U.N. investigators voiced concern that rebels were using children as medical porters, messengers and cooks, exposing them to risk of death and injury. Some had been going back and forth across the border with Turkey, they said.

Pinheiro, who made a first visit to Damascus at the weekend for talks with senior Syrian officials, presented the report to the U.N. Human Rights Council that set up the international inquiry last September.

"The evidence is incontrovertible. The Assad regime is waging a brutal campaign against the Syrian people, characterized by aerial bombardment, mass killings, rape and other atrocities," U.S. ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said in her speech.

The U.N. team, which conducted nearly 400 interviews, said it had collected photographs, videos, satellite imagery and other documentary evidence during its recent investigative missions in the region.

It was updating its confidential list of identified perpetrators for possible use in future criminal prosecutions for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"We provided a list of names and units of the military forces or security sections of the government of Syria that based on our evidence would be able to be investigated as being responsible for gross human rights violations and international crimes," Pinheiro said. (Read Entirety: Syria government, rebels violate rights: U.N.; Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Toby Chopra; Reuters, June 27, 2012)

See also this NRO report John Rosenthal dated 6/9/12 stating “rebels” executed Christians and Shia Alawites and then proceeded to make it look like the Assad Regime were the culprits of mass murder.

Independent reports out of the influence of Western Media except a German periodical indicate that the FSA has been framed and that the Shabiha Militia (Assad supporters) executed the massacre in Houla:

However, an analysis of what happened in Houla on May 25, as well as reports by locals, show that the atrocity was carried out by rebel forces, just as claimed by official Syrian news information agency SANA.

Tuesday reputed German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes the fact that the larger part of victims of the massacre were members of the Alawi and Shia minorities in teh (sic) village strongly points to the massacre being committed by armed Sunni rebels.

According to eyewitness reports quoted by FAZ, the atrocity began after rebel forces attacked three army checkpoints near the village to protect local Alawi communities.

During the skirmish, the massacre itself began, in which armed Sunni rebels turned on Alawi and Shia families and slaughtered them.

Then they filmed and photographed the victims to present them as Sunni victims of the Assad regime.

… (Read Entirety: Houla Massacre Likely Committed by Rebels, Not Syrian Govt;; 6/12/12)

A Chinese News agency known as The 4th Media runs a long detailed article absolving the Assad Regime and the Shabiha Militia of the Houla Massacre utilizing info from Western sources, but keep in mind China is supportive of the Assad Regime. I doubt The 4th Media would engage in reporting that made Assad as culpable as the FSM in any massacre in Syria.

The best dissection of what happened in Houla are the enumerated details from a Muslim journalist Siraj Datoo. He quotes the German Newspaper FAZ which claims that 90% of Houla’s population were Sunni Muslims yet the more than 100 dead were Shia Alawites.

Datoo describes Assad’s army shelling Datoo. Then he writes while the shelling was going on the Sunni FSA rebels sought out the Shia living in Houla by going house to house and executing families (men, women & children) by gunfire and knife stabs. The FSA then took pictures and disseminated them to the Western press along with the verified shelling of Houla by Assad forces with the implication that the Shabiha Militia entered Houla after the shelling to massacre the people. The obvious wonderment is: Why in the world would the Shabiha massacre Shias rather than Sunnis?

Now let’s be clear though, Assad is far from a sainted Shia hero defending the innocent lives of his own faith and tribal affiliations. Assad has gone after Sunni population centers and indiscriminately killing them. So what we are seeing in the Syrian civil war is how Muslims in the Middle East conduct war. The Sunni-Shia divide and the ensuing murders of civilian populations based on a religio-ethnic cleansing is the modus operandi of Muslim war. Just think what will happen in Israel if there ever is a successful military assault that breaks through the IDF lines will begin a slaughter of Jews that will make the Nazi Holocaust look like a humane ethnic cleansing.

JRH 7/2/12


By Danny Jeffrey
June 28, 2012

I have a brilliant friend named Shiva who I rely on for verification about some Islamic issues as he has lived among them and knows their ways. Once again he has come to my aid and what he has revealed should be known by all.My research has led me to believe that John McCain is a danger to this nation. He serves not the people of America but George Soros. Soros wanted to topple Libya and put it into the hands of Al Qaeda. McCain helped pave the way. Now an Al Qaeda flag flies over Libya. Nest on the list is Syria and again, John McCain is calling for American air cover to support the terrorists on the ground. There is little doubt that to one degree or another we are going to be instrumental in handing another Arab nation over to the terrorists. Syria is on the way to becoming an exact encore of Libya. Recall if you will that Obama seemed reluctant to get involved there. McCain and Joe Lieberman both criticized Obama for his lack of leadership, and Obama "reluctantly" entered the fray alongside other nations. This makes for a first class drama, especially when you consider that this was an action that Soros wanted and both Obama and McCain serve his interests.

Once again McCain and Lieberman are criticizing Obama for exactly the same thing.

Above I mentioned my friend and the assistance he has provided. Now I shall show you some results. I have a most annoying habit of looking past the obvious in a photo and seeing a different overall image than most. Please take a brief look at this and remember what you have seen or think you have seen.

Fox News wrongly attributed Houla foto

Again you will see the same image in a Fox News article. Read the headline and the first paragraph of the article and then continue with this essay.

Shiva did not answer me directly. Feeling that my observations were worth posting for others to see he answered me on a site we share in London. He uses the word "Porkies" in his answer, meaning lies and untruths, and he states accurately that Fox News is publishing Porkies. In describing the photo he used the word "Shakey" as I would use "Questionable."

He writes:

Danny just put up a good question on my comment wall. I hopes he doesn't mind I answer here.

At 7:06 on June 28, 2012,

Danny Jeffrey said…

Several times you have offered your opinion should I have a question about a photo. Well, I do. The image in this article shows three men carrying what is supposed to be the bodies of three children.

From my time on the internet and my knowledge of Islam I have become a super skeptic and must question whether this is real or staged for shock value in the west.

There are several things in that photo that I must question. First off, are they en route to bury children or having a parade? Not knowing the burial rites of Syria I don't know if I am looking at burial shrouds or a temporary body bag. To my western mentality I would think that if they are burial shrouds then they would be of new clean cloth. If they are temporary body bags the blood would have darkened by the time a body reaches such a state of rigor, for they show no sign of sagging. They seem as rigid as a board[.]

Sadly children are killed in time of war, and I resent Islam's great willingness to use them as pawns in the game of politics, but I look at this and it just doesn't seem quite right.

Firstly I am happy to see that you are skeptical.

So here is my opinion of the supposed bodies (quoting you)

So here are some answers

# 1  First off, are they en route to bury children or having a parade?


# 2  Not knowing the burial rites of Syria

Look at the photo, you will see that one guy is wearing the Shahada (jihad) head band, so they are moslem, which means they will follow the islamic burial rites. This will answer your next questions.

# 3   I don't know if I am looking at burial shrouds or a temporary body bag. To my western mentality I would think that if they are burial shrouds then they would be of new clean cloth.

Yes they should be clean white. According to islamic rites the body must be buried within 24 hour. Prior to putting into shrouds, the body must be cleaned. So by the time the body is put into the shroud it will not bleed.

# 4 They seem as rigid as a board

Could be something else in the shroud, and the blood is not blood but some thing like red ink.

Another Indicator something is wrong, if this was a set up, where is the rage, and this is why you feel it just doesn't seem quite right. Too many smiling faces for a funeral.

No this was not a set up from the mohammedans in this case. This is something else,
What we have here is Fox News passing the porkies in favor of the islamist, now this is disgusting.

Some times, when you get shakey images, you only have to look at the URL. The URL to this one is Lebanoneseprotestersyria jpg. Now run lebanese-protesters-syria through google images, you get the following

Open and scroll down, Fox News exposed. We see the image and the caption
Lebanese anti-Syrian regime protesters and supporters of the Islamic Groups, carry mock children dead bodies and chant slogans as they walk in front a Syrian revolutionary and Lebanese flag during a protest against the massacre of Houla, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP

Click the bloomberg link above that my friend provided and on the left of the article you will once again see the image but there is where the truth comes out. The image is very small and the words in the caption are difficult to read but Shiva has accurately copied them in the above paragraph. Should you have any doubt, just above the image is a click to enlarge option[.]

I have always trusted Fox News but now I shall be skeptical of them as well. That whole article they produced is pure propaganda. They have always been very supportive of John McCain, not seeming to know that both he and Obama answer to the same higher authority, so they put together this article using a phony photograph they knew would tug at the heartstrings of Americans and gain more support for McCain's effort to begin yet another tragic involvement in the world of terrorism.

The whole issue is built on the case that Syrian troops committed a massacre against their  own people in the city of Houla. It was indeed a terrible massacre with the death toll standing at 108 people but there is a problem that McCain, Lieberman, and Fox News are brushing over. It was not done by Assad's forces. It was done by those "innocent civilians" McCain speaks of. Those "innocent civilians" are the same "heroes" McCain praised in Libya. They are Al Qaeda and the American public is being induced to support them in their massacres.

Thank you Mister McCain, for the Porkies!!!

Any of my regular readers know I never state what I cannot prove.
This link leads to a collection of links with the evidence.

For his wisdom, help, and encouragement, this effort is proudly dedicated to my friend Shiva.


Addendum: I published the above about sixteen hours ago and normally I leave a published work as is but so much keeps turning up about the issue.  The following is a link relating to Al Qaeda's involvement in the the (sic) attacks on Syria and this is an excerpt from it:

"However, all doubt ended last week when James Clapper, director of US national intelligence, informed the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Damascus bombings “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda attack”. Mr Clapper added that “we believe al-Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria”. So, it’s official. Al-Qaeda is acknowledged as an ally of Britain and America in our desire to overturn the Syrian government"

I have but one question...How can I, sitting here alone at my keyboard find such as this and much more, while John McCain and Fox News are in the dark about such issues. I shall answer my own question. They are in the dark because they choose to close their eyes and pursue their own agenda, irregardless of the danger to America.
Syria is Becoming the Land of Massacres
John R. Houk
© July 2, 2012

About Danny Jeffrey

I'm sixty seven and since Ronald Reagan left office I have watched my country slowly deteriorate as freedoms are lost and the value of our currency dwindles. This has been a slow but steady decline until Barrack Obama entered the White House. I will not refer to this man as President. That is a job that deserves respect and he has earned none at all. I am convinced that were it not for the Tea Party stirring up the public we would now be living under a total dictatorship. He seeks only power and has no loyalty at all to the United States, and as long as he is in office I shall write to any who will read and speak of what he is and what he is doing to this country. View my complete profile

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