by Tony Cartalucci
March 20, 2012 - Human Right Watch (HRW), just as it did in Libya, waited until the very last possible moment to admit what the alternative media had been reporting for over a year - that Syria's rebels are craven, torturing, kidnapping, murdering terrorists committing widespread and systematic atrocities not only against security forces, but against anyone suspected of supporting the Syrian government as well as randomly targeted civilians.
Image: Human Rights Watch knew all along that Syria's opposition was armed and conducting a systematic campaign of kidnapping, torture, and mass murder but waited until the last possible moment to acknowledge it. As we can see, HRW is funded by George Soros' Open Society as well as a myriad of corporate-funded foundations all disingenuously leveraging the cause of human rights to carry out their agenda of achieving global corporate-financial hegemony. (click on image to enlarge)
The HRW report titled, "Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses," is broken into three parts, kidnapping, torture, and executions. And while the report attempts to focus mainly on atrocities carried out against security forces and government supporters, the mention of civilian victims is made as well. The report states:
"Abuses include kidnapping, detention, and torture of security force members, government supporters, and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabeeha. Human Rights Watch has also received reports of executions by armed opposition groups of security force members and civilians."
"Abuses include kidnapping, detention, and torture of security force members, government supporters, and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabeeha. Human Rights Watch has also received reports of executions by armed opposition groups of security force members and civilians."Under "Executions," HRW's report describes the Syrian opposition's practice of rounding up suspects and killing them without trial, generally on the grounds of confessions coerced through torture. Other executions are simply carried out as reprisals with no apparent offense beyond suspected affiliations being cited.
"Human Rights Watch also expressed concern about FSA [Free Syrian Army] kidnappings of Iranian nationals, some of whom the group has confirmed are civilians."
The report indicates that Syria's opposition, like the NATO-backed rebels in Libya, are lawless, unprincipled, sectarian, extremists. They are far from "democracy activists" or "unarmed, helpless civilians," and very far from being "victims" of a disproportionate use of force. From the very beginning of Syria's unrest, the alternative media has covered what was systematic violence used by the opposition, from vandalism and arson, to sniper and bomb attacks and now full-blown armed insurrection. It is clear now, as even the Wall Street-London combine must admit, Syria's opposition has been countered by Syrian security forces out of the necessity to restore order, not silence legitimate political dissent.
News of the HRW report has been muted, with most corporate-media outlets electing to downplay, spin, or obfuscate the true implications of the war crimes being carried out by Syria's opposition. The implications are that NATO, led by the US, UK, France, and Turkey, as well as their proxy "Arab League," have been backing torturers, kidnappers, and mass murderers. This should come as no surprise as it is confirmed members of Libya's Al Qaeda affiliate, the NATO-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, are now literally leading the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA).
With the Syrian opposition turning to car bombs and targeting populated city centers claiming scores of civilian lives, it is now clear that the West is also backing a terrorist campaign as well. Syria's government could not in good conscience withdraw troops from areas the terrorist opposition is operating in, especially now that it is confirmed this opposition is kidnapping, torturing and arbitrarily killing civilians.
To an international community that has defended, even facilitated such thuggery for now over a year, they are the least qualified to propose any further meddling or "solution" to the ongoing unrest. This includes Kofi Annan's dubious "peace" mission which has been recently exposed as a ploy to rehabilitate Western-back militants for a second round of violence.