Unstated were America's imperial aims and rule of law issues. Intervention is prohibited. Doing so constitutes illegal aggression. Pletka supports power politics. Other issues don't matter.
Daily reports spuriously claim Syrian forces are killing civilians. Anti-government sources are cited. Some reside outside Syria. Others aren't named. Instead of pointing fingers the right way, Assad is falsely blamed for insurgent violence and deaths.
Spurious Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report
On June 15, HRW claimed Syrian forces use "sexual violence to torture men, women, and boys detained during the conflict."
Unnamed "witnesses" were cited. HRW interviewed 10 former detainees. Who detained them isn't clear. Earlier, HRW said insurgents committed targeted killings, summary executions, kidnappings for ransom, torture, hostage taking, and other violent crimes.
A March 29 Der Spiegel article headlined, "An Executioner for Syria's Rebels Tells His Story," saying:
Hussein was part of the "Homs burial brigade." He and comrades "kill in the name of the Syrian revolution. They leave torture (to) the so-called interrogation brigade...."
"They do the ugly work," he said. He believes in violence he explained. He "cut the throats of four men." With a heavy machine gun he "killed a lot more men...."