Many things are possible in Syria. No one knows what is really happening. The crime scenes are not accessible for the observers; however, the hardness of the confrontation between armed groups and the Syrian forces is increasing daily.
On Friday, the shaky images of the arrest and humiliation of Syrian soldiers appeared on YouTube. As gunfire erupt, the camera turns away; then corpses and writhing people can be seen on the ground. In Syria, the recordings have triggered dismay and anger. But also questions.
Who are the perpetrators, who are the victims? Where exactly did the massacre happen, when and why? Who is the man that has accompanied the perpetrators then filmed all this before publishing the pictures to the internet?
How can it be that the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” in London immediately knows who were the perpetrators? It was the Al-Nusra Front, an Islamist terrorist brigade, reports the Syrian Observatory, which is closely related to the Syrian National Council (SNC).
The Al-Nusra Front has not commented it; even by the official Syrian authorities, there was initially no opinion on this occurrence. However, the representative of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva has unusually quickly responded, and called it “war crimes”.
The massacre and the reports about the alleged perpetrators do confirm what had already happening since the summer of 2011. Islamist fighters back then attacked a barrack in Jisr Al-Schughur, besieged it and stormed the building, then killed the young soldiers, most of them were recruits. Following the same pattern, there have been countless attacks, so why becomes so a massacre suddenly known?
Perhaps one should notice the reports that do not reach the Western public because of such a massacre:
Insurgents prevent transports of relief supplies to the old city of Homs, they detonated explosives in a park in Damascus, and have set a school on fire in Daraa.
Perhaps it has, however, something to do with the fact that the U.S. and its allies in the struggle against the Syrian regime – including their media front – have recognized that the Islamist groups in Syria, which grow and become stronger, threaten Western interests?
That the fragmented armed groups are outgunned not only against the Syrian armed forces in Syria, but are also hopeless outgunned against the unscrupulous mercenaries, which were steeled in battles from Iraq over Afghanistan to Libya?
The news agencies connect the dots to a conference of the Syrian National Council (SNC), which starts on Sunday in Doha (Qatar) and should bring new structures and a new chairman to this Council.
“Stop the thief”, screams Hillary Clinton, and calls on the Syrian insurgents to distance themselves from the Islamist mercenaries.
But these brought the dirty war out of Libya, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan into Syria with the consent of Washington, and with the financially support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.