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Keeping the Syrian Pot Boiling

Western-backed killer gang violence continues.

by Stephen Lendman

The ink's barely dry on the March 21 Security Council Presidential Statement . It called on both sides "to bring an immediate end to all violence" and engage in conflict resolution diplomacy.

Nonetheless, Western-backed killer gangs keep attacking civilians and Syrian forces. According to Reuters :

Clashes continue. At least 40 died. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) isn't sure who's responsible but implies Assad. A pro-Western front group, its spurious accounts lack credibility.

Independent observers called past reports propaganda, not truth and full disclosure. Critics denounce its pro-Western anti-Assad bias. In fact, two SOHR sites each claim to be the original.

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The initial one's in Arabic with a Facebook English version. The splinter group's in English. Each calls the other an impostor. Information they report differs. Featuring falsified claims and bogus casualty counts, both lack credibility.

Their agenda entails blaming Assad for killer gang violence and condemning his efforts to stop it. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich :

"As far as we know, this organization employs only two people (its head and secretary-translator)." The original's "headed by Rami Abdulrahman, who has no training either in journalism or law or even a complete secondary education."

"The fact that representatives of the 'observatory' have been avoiding contact with our diplomats speaks for itself. We think that these facts allow one to judge how trustworthy the information provided by this structure is."

According to Reuters on Ma rch 23, "(d)ozens of civilians were killed in other parts of the northern province of Idlib, in Homs, Hama and Deraa in the south of the country. Five rebel gunmen and seven soldiers were killed in clashes in Homs province."

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claims Damascus ignored calls to stop violence instead of pointing fingers the right way and denouncing Syrian National Council (SNC) head Burhan Ghalioun for dismissing the SC statement, saying:

It "has the merit of representing the common position of the international community against the policies of Bashar al-Assad. But it obviously does not meet the real needs of the Syrian people."

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