As the Geneva 2 talks commence, like clockwork there are new revelations of the Syrian regimes horrible crimes. This time it is a report , funded by Qatar , claiming photo evidence of 11,000 men murdered by the Syrian government. Touted as absolute proof of the Syrian government's brutality, this report so far has revealed nothing.
All of the attention of the forensic
experts who apparently examined the photos is focused on evidence of torture. Yet even if the photos are someday released
and do indeed show evidence of torture, how are we to know who tortured/murdered
these men? Apparently we are supposed to
take the anonymous leaker's word for it.
(image by Seth Rutledge)
There are also a blatant
logical fallacies in the narrative: "The purpose of documenting the corpses was
to... inform the families of murdered detainees in due course that the cause of
death in each case was either a 'heart attack' or 'breathing problems'..." How do pictures showing clear signs of torture
and starvation show that the death was due to heart attack or breathing
Syrians pointed out that the YouTube videos showed obvious fakery, and there were reports and leaks indicating that the rebels may have been responsible. More recently these doubts have been confirmed in a study done by MIT corroborating the UN's recent admission that the rockets could not have been fired from government-held territory.
From the MIT study: "The UN independent assessment of the range of the chemical munition is in exact agreement with our findings. This indicates that these munitions could not possible have been fired at east Ghouta from the 'heart', or from the eastern edge of the Syrian government-controlled area shown in the intelligence map published by the white house on august 30, 2013. This mistaken intelligence could have led to an unjustified US military action based on false intelligence. A proper vetting of the fact that the munition was of such short range would have led to a completely different assessment of the situation from the gathered data. Whatever reasons for the egregious errors in intelligence, the source of these errors needs to be explained. If the source of these errors is not identified, the procedures that led to this intelligence failure will go uncorrected, and the chances of a future policy disaster will grow with certainty."Recent US intelligence leaks to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymore Hersh indicate that the opposition was known to have sarin production and delivery capability, and that the constant surveillance of the Syrian government's chemical weapon stocks showed no movement. These revelations add credibility to those who claimed that the Ghouta chemical attacks were likely perpetrated by the rebels in an effort to spur a US military intervention.
Now with this most recent photo "leak" we have to ask: whom do we believe?