Friday, February 10, 2012

Syrian Baby Slaughter - Where Have We Heard That One Before?

History doesn't so much repeat itself as rhyme -

This morning, reporter Alastair Beach of The Independent newspaper based in London, cited “evidence” in his article entitled “Assad’s slaughter of the innocents“, claiming that Syrian President Assad’s security forces have indiscriminately killed scores of newborn babies in Homs this week, as his article claims:
“Bashar al-Assad’s bloody siege of Homs intensified yesterday as clear evidence emerged that his indiscriminate shelling of the restive town had started claiming innocent victims, including at least 18 premature babies and three entire families. The evidence came as civilians in the besieged city endured a fifth day of incessant shellfire – the worst yet, according to eyewitnesses – with dozens of other people being killed as the brutal assault continued.”

The Real Effect

It's as if the terrorists like to immediately do the one thing that will create the sort of moral outrage that will get them invaded every time. My goodness, they never learn do they?

But now that I think about it, I believe I remember this incident... (Scooby-Doo flashback lines)

Syria | The electricity was cut today from the city of Hama, and the outage included the hospitals. Following this, the Shabiha [state militia] deliberately destroyed the electricity generators in the hospitals which led to the deaths of all the premature babies (more than 40 in a single hospital).
Oh wait, that was in 2011 and was a hoax? Oh, now I remember back in Iraq...(More Scooby-Doo flashback lines)...Wait. That one was fake too...

But this time it's DIFFERENT!!! Certainly there must be a good source?
Surprisingly, the Independent’s chief source for the alleged horrors in question is a nearly invisible organization known as the ”Syrian Observatory for Human Rights”(SOHR) (and to make matters worse, there are two competing SOHR orgs in London- with the same name although the Independent does not provide a link to either org), who claim to have an office based in London, but apparently have no address or contact phone number listed - only and email address. Even murkier however, is that fact that there are no names associated with the SOHR on their website, and many of its articles have been written under the fictitious pen name known as “Rami Abdul Rahman“.

When one lies during war to get what one wants it's called, now come on, say it with me.... propaganda. Just like the miraculous resurrected terrorists that die repeatedly, the Pat Tillman story, Bin Laden, Nick Berg, Jessica Lynch, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, 9/11, most politicians' campaign promises (cough Romney, Gingrich, Bush, Obama)...would you like me to keep going? LOT.

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