UN's silence over Syrian opposition terrorism lays bare
"international law's" illegitimacy.
By Tony Cartalucci
2012 - Since 2011,
reports of arsonists and
gunmen amongst Syria's opposition have been included in
reports regarding the unrest in Syria, albeit buried under
sensational headlines of the Syrian government's "brutality."
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has conceded that indeed the Syrian
opposition "Free Syrian Army" is conducting widespread,
systematic abuses including the kidnapping, torture, and murder
of both security forces and civilians.
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."
almost daily, the Syrian opposition is carrying out vicious
attacks not only on security forces, but a terrorist bombing
campaign across Syria that has already killed and maimed scores
of civilians. While the Syrian opposition claims it lacks the
ability to carry out such attacks, the opposition is exposed as
very well armed, their fighters sheltered in NATO member Turkey,
its leadership sheltered in Washington and London, and their
fighters wielding not only an endless supply of small arms, but
rocket propelled grenades, mortars, missiles, and even tanks.
Video: Hardly unarmed
civilians, or "lightly armed freedom fighters," meet Syria's
tank-driving, rocket-firing, Kalashnikov-waving foreign-funded
many of whom are not even Syrian.
Brookings Institution's Middle East Memo #21 "Assessing
Options for Regime Change (.pdf),"
makes no secret that the humanitarian "responsibility to
protect" is but a pretext for long-planned regime change.
The Syrian government has claimed it has documented a long list
of ceasefire violations by the rebels - a list that is confirmed
daily in headlines from across the biased Western media, still
attempting to depict the violence as one-sided. There are
sea-raids carried out at night with the precision of Western
special forces, terror bombings against civilian targets
admittedly carried out by rebels, and now a daily campaign
of bombs so overt and atrocious, even the Western corporate
media must now acknowledge a "shift" in tactics.
A recent Reuters article titled "Outgunned
Syria rebels make shift to bombs," includes admissions from
the rebels themselves that they are behind the spat of bombings
ravaging Syria - bombs the Western press and opposition leaders
had previously tried to blame on "false flag" attacks
carried out by the Syrian government to undermine the rebels'
legitimacy.The Reuters article concedes that while the FSA
officially is "upholding" the UN truce, its fighters have
outright rejected it and are indeed openly in violation of the
The Reuters report also confirms Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad's statement that his security forces were fighting
armed militants - not protesters and civilians - in security
operations across Syria before the UN ceasefire came into
effect. The reports states:
the army routed them from their strongholds in cities, some
rebels said they realized that even in guerrilla street
battles they could not beat Assad's tanks or artillery. The
Syrian Liberation Army's spokesman Qdemati said his group's
fighters were now focusing most of their attention on
"manufacturing facilities" for bombs. "You are going to
start seeing an escalation as we improve our techniques of
bomb-making and delivery.""
Not only does this confirm that the Syrian rebels have resorted
to indiscriminate terrorist tactics, but reveals again that
government claims that an explosion in the city of Hama that
killed 70, devastating much of a city block, was in fact a
mishap at a rebel bomb-making facility.
BBC amazingly attempted to peddle the opposition's explanation,
claiming the Syrian government possibly fired a "SCUD missile"
at the city.
Now however, all pretenses have been dropped and it is admitted
that the Syrian rebels are manufacturing and deploying
indiscriminate bomb devices nationwide. The Syrian rebels have
been noted as terrorists, both foreign and domestic since nearly
the beginning of the fighting last year by the alternative
media. The Western press has attempted to obfuscate this fact
for as long as possible, already irreparably undermining their
own legitimacy in the process.
The UN, NATO, and complicit media outlets across the West, by
contradicting a growing awareness of the reality of both the
terroristic nature of the Syrian rebels, and the depth of deceit
directed against the global public in regards to the conflict in
Syria since the beginning, undermines entirely the legitimacy
they and the "international law" they claim to uphold, have. In
regards to Libya, US think-tank the Brookings Institution openly
it was about asserting the "primacy of international law"
over the nation-state.
When such gross injustices, deceit, and hypocrisy exist under
"international law" in both Libya and now Syria, it is clear
that such "international law" is but a system of control
exercised by a minority against others on a global scale.
"International law" is revealed as merely
the neo-imperial edicts of the global corporate-financier
oligarchs, dressed up as "humanitarian concerns" even as
they prop up terrorists from Libya to Syria, and beyond. Even as
the UN begins to admit that indeed the Syrian rebels are in
violation of the ceasefire, they only do so as the violence runs
demonstratively rampant and out of control.
Photo: It must be remembered,
that not only are Syria's rebels committing horrific atrocities
amidst an admittedly terroristic campaign against the Syrian
people, they do so with arms, funding, equipment, training, and
from the "Friends of Syria" cadre including the US, UK,
France, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
Surely the UN doesn't expect the world to believe rebels are
picking their bomb-making materials and Kalashnikovs from
Syria's cypress trees - and knows full well such weapons,
training, and cash are flowing over the borders,
admittedly from the US-led "Friends of Syria" cadre to
support what is now clearly a terrorist campaign in direct
violation of the UN's own "peace deal."
Unfortunately, the UN will not demand an end to, or even mention
the West's support of the Syrian rebels, and instead use the
violence to continue with their original plan - the
establishment of "humanitarian corridors" and "safe zones" by
armed NATO troops. From these established zones, the rebels can
continue their campaign of violence against the Syrian people in
pursuit of dividing and destroying Syria as a sovereign
nation-state, in line not with "international law," but in the
interests of Western imperial ambitions.