On June 13, FAZ published a follow-up article titled "Eine Ausloschung (An Extinction or Extermination), saying:
"The Houla massacre was a turning point in the Syrian drama."
"World opinion almost unanimously blamed the regular Syrian army and the Syrian regime's Shabiha militia for the massacre."
"In the past week and based on reports from eyewitnesses the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung put this version into question. It reported that the civilians killed were Alawites and Shiites."
"They were deliberately killed by armed Sunnis in Taldou, a town in the plains of Houla, while fierce fighting between the regular army and Free Syrian Army was taking place at checkpoints around the village."
Western media rejected FAZ's report. Why are credible eye witnesses dismissed out of hand?
No one believes Syrian state media. Credible reports are dismissed.
Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya "have become key sources even as their owners, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are two states which are actively involved in the conflict."
"The militias that operate under the banner of the Free Syrian Army control wide parts of the provinces of Homs and Idlib and extend their dominion over other parts of the country."
"The increasing lawlessness has led to a wave of criminal kidnappings and also facilitates the settling of old disputes."
Houla, Qubeir, and Taldou (a large Houla region/Homs District town) victims were pro-Assad loyalists. They were also called Hezbollah sympathizers. Anti-Assad residents were spared.
"FAZ was not the first to report on a new version of the massacre of Houla. Other reports could just not compete with the big key media."- Advertisement -
"The Russian journalist Marat Musin, who works for the small news agency Anna, was in Houla on May 25 and 26, in part became an eyewitness and also published the statements of other eyewitnesses."
"Additionally the Dutch Arabist and freelance journalist Martin Janssen, who lives in Damascus, contacted the Jacob Monastery in Qara, which has taken in many victims of the conflict with the nuns doing devote humanitarian work, after the massacre."
"Sunni rebels perpetrated 'liquidation' of all minorities. The nuns told him how on that May 25th more than 700 armed rebels, coming from Rastan, overran a roadside checkpoint of the army near Taldou, how these, after the massacre, piled up the corpses of the killed soldiers and civilians in front of the mosque and how they, on next day, told their version of the alleged massacre by the Syrian army in front of the cameras of rebel-friendly channels and to the UN observers."