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Baffle them With Bullets
Syria Claims No Involvement in Houla Massacre

"Women, children and old men were shot dead. This is not the hallmark of the heroic Syrian Army," - Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jihad Makdesi

Jihad Makdesi
Jihad Makdesi

(SALEM) - Syria has officially denied involvement in the massacre at Houla, as the world spins in outrage, believing government forces left more than a hundred people dead and battered.

It has been stated time and time again that only Syrian forces have the type of artillery used in the attack, but with arms trading and terrorist payoffs, how can we know that to be true?

Opposition activists say Assad's forces are behind the killings. It was a gruesome scene that has played out on YouTube. Dead children with the tops of their heads blown off, round holes from high powered bullets where their mouths used to be.

It's no surprise that the public believes the government is responsible, the headlines are all geared that way. Corporate media is working hard to lay the blame for the attacks on the Syrian government.

But a spokesman for Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad, says their forces are being smeared, that they were not behind the deaths.

Syria calls the revolt a terrorist conspiracy, and that the massacre was not their doing. The Syrian government is accused of using artillery in dense populated areas, but in truth, it is small next to what U.S. ally Israel did to Palestinian refugees during Operation Cast Lead in 2008 and 2009, which left more than 1400 civilians dead, 400 children among them.

The question is... as the world's microscope is fixed on Assad, would he command his forces to commit an act that would be such a perfect media slaughter? Does anyone really believe that Assad is unaware of what happened to Gaddafi?

Israel is the only possible benefactor of the destabilization of Syria. Israel's leaders are empowered by what is taking place and likely have a hand in far more Middle east violence than the world realizes.

"Women, children and old men were shot dead. This is not the hallmark of the heroic Syrian Army," said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jihad Makdesi, who was talking to reporters in Damascus.

Also0 see: May 25 2012 Syrian rebels tried to kill Assad's top aides, Israeli officials confirm


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Anonymous May 28, 2012 10:32 am (Pacific time)

Some great articles for Memorial Day. Thank God real veterans don't care about your irrelevant take on what's newsworthy. Putz.

 Tim King: Hey buttwipe, you are taking the time to write comments and we are seeing tens of thousands of visitors.

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday voiced "revulsion" over the bloodshed in Syria, while accusing Iran and its Lebanese militia ally Hezbollah of being accomplices.

He was "revolted was by the incessant massacres conducted by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces against ... civilians ... which continued over the weekend in the town of Houla," the premier's office said.

Tim King: Netanyahu is a dirty piece of garbage and so are his followers.

 "Iran and Hezbollah are an inseparable part of the Syrian atrocities, and the world needs to act against them too," Netanyahu

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Bonnie King May 27, 2012 11:33 am (Pacific time)

Condemnation came quickly of course. The truth behind the massacre is still to be revealed. While we mourn for the dead and beg God for answers, we must remember to question who would benefit most from such a horror? Knowing what the "right thing" is and appropriately acting on it is crucial, so all the finger pointing may be for naught. These murders had purpose. Who did it help?

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