by Tom Cartalucci, Global Research
… Western media organizations had claimed that Syrian government shelling was responsible for the 90 deaths “confirmed” by UN monitors who later arrived at the scene. However, conflicting reports from across Gulf State media claim the deaths, particularly those of children, were caused by “knives” wielded by death squads. Images broadcast by both the opposition and the Syrian government’s SANA news network shows slain families laying dead within intact structures, the result of a combination of brutality including close range small arms fire and possibly bladed weapons as claimed by Gulf State networks. SANA maintains that the atrocities were committed by opposition death squads, as it has consistently maintained throughout the duration of the unrest. The West and its allies however, have presented conflicting, and ever-shifting narratives to obfuscate increasingly depraved atrocities committed by their own proxy rebel forces.
Almost immediately after UN monitors arrived in Houla, Syria, the so-called “Free Syrian Army” declared it was abandoning the UN peace plan, as was predicted from reading reports by Western think-tanks calling for the ending of the UN “ceasefire” and the recommencing of violence to overthrow the Syrian government. It appears that indeed, death squads, not shelling has cost the lives of the vast majority of the 90 killed in Houla, regardless of which source one cites. The question that must be asked, as in all horrific crimes, is “Cui Bono?” To whose benefit does it serve to massacre very publicly entire families in close quarters and broadcast the images of their handiwork worldwide? To whose benefit does it serve to immediately jump to conclusions before UN monitors even arrive on scene to make sense of the violence?
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