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Syria's Divided Opposition

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In September 2011, Paulo Pinheiro was appointed UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) chairman. He's a pro-Western stooge. He's paid to lie. Pro-imperial reliability defines him.

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On September 17 , he displayed his credentials. He railed against Assad. He's done it several times before disgracefully. He wrongfully accused him of indiscriminate attacks on civilians. He's bombing and shelling residential neighborhoods, he claimed.

He's committing "war crimes, gross violations of human rights, and crimes against humanity."

"Government forces continue to commit numerous human rights violations, and victims include women and children."

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Syria's Permanent (HRC) Representative, Fayssal al-Hamwi , responded. He denounced Pinheiro's report. He ignores facts. He lacks accuracy and objectivity, he said.

He points fingers the wrong way. He suppresses evidence about what's really going on. He relies on "testimonies by outlaws." He ignores Syria's cooperation with the HRC and other humanitarian organizations.

He pays little or no attention to evidence showing terrorist groups "committed war crimes, including the killing, executing, and torturing acts"."

"Syria has showed support and cooperation with all positive initiatives to solve the crisis, starting from the Arab observers' team and then the international observers whose missions ended because their reports were positive and objective in a way that did not satisfy the US and its tools in the Arab League which sought to internationalize the crisis and invite foreign interference."

He blamed America for crisis conditions. "The whole world now realizes," he added, that "this destructive scheme is not aimed to achieve reforms and democracy, but rather to turn the ME countries into fragmented, warring entities ruled by chaos and governed by criminal gangs and dominated by the takfiri thought which seeks to set up salafi emirates so as Israel can achieve its goals until Palestine becomes a peripheral cause.''

"No country in the world would tolerate terrorist groups infiltrating it from more than 17 countries, driven by instigative fatwas as that calling for Jihad in Syria issued a couple of days ago by al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri."

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Syria's trying to contain violence. It wants lives saved, not lost. It wants peace, not war. Washington bears full responsibility for unleashing death squad dogs on civilians and security forces. It's done it throughout the region and beyond.

Amnesty International (AI) largely serves pro-Western imperial interests. So does Human Rights Watch (HRC). At the same time, occasional accurate reports are issued.

On September 17, HRW headlined "Syria: End Opposition Use of Torture, Executions," saying:

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