[Marxism] A Syrian responds to the FAZ article on Houla

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jun 29 12:44:11 MDT 2012


http://english.the-syrian.com/2012/06/28/the-russian-misinformation-campaign-on-houla-massacre/

The Russian Misinformation Campaign on Houla Massacre
Written by Noor al-Deen al-Dimashqi on 28 June, 2012 - 12:57 AM -

It is clear that Russian-Syrian media have launched their own 
campaign of misinformation to cast doubts on the Houla massacre to 
clear Bashar al-Assad from any responsibility. Russia and Assad 
are using the fact that the Syrian Government continues to deny 
free access to media; in doing so, the independent media would 
find it difficult to confirm any news item, leaving the door open 
to all possibilities. Russia needs any pretext to justify its 
position after blocking all UNSC resolutions to condemn Assad. 
Therefore, since March 27th,Russia Today has been continuously 
casting doubts on who committed the crime and pointing to 
opposition to have been the murderous side who killed pro-Assad 
people[1].

The Assad regime and its Russian ally are also taking advantage of 
the fact that Westerners generally do not know Arabic language, 
leaving them open to manipulation. Thus they managed to get the 
story through the media until it reached Frankfurter Allgemeine 
Zeitung (FAZ).[2] on June 6th. The FAZ report echoes almost 
entirely the narration of Russia Today.[3] However, the FAZreport, 
which the National Review cited and translated into English, was 
more detailed.[4] The translation of the National Review reads 
“Those killed were almost exclusively from families belonging to 
Houla’s Alawi and Shia minorities… Members of the Shomaliya, an 
Alawi family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni 
member of the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a 
collaborator.”The translation of the National Review reads “Those 
killed were almost exclusively from families belonging to Houla’s 
Alawi and Shia minorities… Members of the Shomaliya, an Alawi 
family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni member of 
the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a collaborator.”

Amongst the dead in the Houla massacre there is no family called 
Shomaliy, as reported in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). 
Shomaliya, in fact, is the name of another village outside Houla 
region. Houla consists of four villages: Taldo, Kafarlaha, 
Taldahab, al Tiba al Gharbiya; the massacre actually took place in 
Taldo. The massacre actually took place in Taldo. Going through 
the list of the victims will reveal to us also that there is no 
person from al-Mishaleb family, the family of the Syrian MP[5].

The report says that the most of the victims are converters to 
Shiaa Islam. While it is impossible to ensure this, we can still 
find some clues otherwise. Most of the victims are under 10 years 
which means that they have not been introduced to a first religion 
to be able to convert to another one. Moreover, there is a 
historic conflict between Shiaa and Sunni Islam, and this conflict 
is linked to some historic figures. Therefore, it is impossible to 
find a Shiaa person named after one of the most hated figures in 
their religion like victim no.27 whose name is Umar Mahmoud 
al-Kurdi. The name Umar goes backed to one of the most hated 
figures in Shiaa Islam, Umar bin al-Khatab. This applies also to 
the names of other victims, whose names are theologically Sunni 
specific: victim no. 90 Mo’aweh al-Said, and victim no. 59 Aysha 
Abd al-Khaleq Abd al-Razzaq. [6]

Attempting to manipulate the audience is a policy followed by the 
Syrian regime. On December 7th 2011, the ABC aired the interview 
Barbara Walters conducted with Bashar al-Assad. In that interview 
Bashar admitted committing some mistakes and said they were fixing 
them. Later on, the presidential e-mails were leaked and an 
interesting e-mail emerged as sent from Bashar al-Assad press aide 
Sheherazad Jaafari to al-Assad advising Assad what to say in the 
interview, “Don’t talk reform,” Jaafari wrote in one e-mail. 
“American’s (sic) won’t care, or understand that. … American 
psyche can be easily manipulated when they hear that there are 
‘mistakes’ done and now we are ‘fixing it.’”[7]

The repercussions of Houla massacre were not expected; therefore, 
the Assad and his allies are trying to obscure the facts to 
utilize it casting the responsibility of their own massacres on 
the victims. They are also undermining the credibility of the 
revolutionary media; thereby obscuring further massacres to come.

By: Noor al-Deen al-Dimashqi, Damascus Tribune
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References

[1] 
http://www.rt.com/news/damascus-refutes-accusations-houla-massacre-339/

[2] 
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/neue-erkenntnisse-zu-getoeteten-von-hula-abermals-massaker-in-syrien-11776496.html

[3] 
http://www.rt.com/news/damascus-refutes-accusations-houla-massacre-339/

[4] 
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/302261/report-rebels-responsible-houla-massacre-john-rosenthal

[5] 
http://dchrs.org/english/print.php?id=560&path=dchrs.org/english/news.php?id=560&idC=16

[6] ibid

[7] http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/06/us/syria-barbara-walters/index.html




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