[Marxism] Syrian government concludes investigation

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Thu May 31 16:08:46 MDT 2012


Unfortunately there isn't enough in this article to assess its
trustworthiness. I can predict one thing with 100% certainty - the report
will be completely discounted by the U.S. government and the corporate
media. Oh, and by Louis Proyect as well.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday a preliminary investigation showed
that anti-government armed groups carried out a massacre last week in Houla
region with the aim of encouraging foreign military intervention against the

       Brigadier General Qassem Jamal Suleiman, head of the investigation
committee formed by the government, said the victims were families "who
refused to oppose the government and were at odds with the armed groups".

       He said that before the massacre, 600 to 800 armed men attacked posts
of the security forces in the area while armed men from outside Houla
murdered the families, adding that many of the victims were relatives of a
member of parliament.

       "The aim is to bring foreign military intervention against the
country in any form and way," he told reporters at a news conference in
Damascus that was aired on television.

       The massacre in Houla, in which 108 people were killed, was condemned
around the world. Western powers expelled Syrian diplomats and Syrian
rebels, aiming to topple President Bashar al-Assad, urged Kofi Annan to
declare his seven-week-old ceasefire plan a failure.

       But Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said Syria wanted the
peace plan to succeed in ending the violence so the 14-month-old crisis
could be resolved through political dialogue.

       He also called on opposition groups that reject foreign intervention
to come to Syria for talks with the government.

Eli Stephens
 Left I on the News

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