From the BBC:
…The BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut says it remains far from clear what took place at Tremseh.
The government says its armed forces mounted a special operation after tip-offs from local people about large numbers of armed rebels operating from hideouts there…
…Our correspondent says that, in contrast to the massacre at Houla two months ago, the opposition has not yet produced videos or a detailed lists of names of civilians killed.
He says that activist and human rights groups have named a handful of civilians they say died in the bombardment of the village, but the few video postings they have produced, showing the bodies of young men, are consistent with the government line that many rebel fighters were killed…
This, of course, doesn’t in any way, shape or form rehabilitate the Assad regime – we know that through the reigns of both father and son, that regime has been nothing but a load of corrupt, cruel, rat bastards. But what we have learned of the rebels can give no one any thought that their replacing the Assad regime would bring in light and reason. Here is what the Syrian rebels are like:
Shocking images have emerged which show the aftermath of Christian churches ransacked by NATO-backed Syrian rebels, illustrating once again how western powers are supporting Muslim extremists in their bid to achieve regime change in the middle east.
A photograph provided to us by a Christian woman in Homs, scene of some of the bloodiest clashes of the conflict, shows a member of the Free Syrian Army posing with a looted Catholic cross in one hand and a gun in the other while wearing a priest’s robe…
I’ve heard stories that whole villages of Christians were forced to flee from the rebels. It must be kept in mind that the rebels are Islamist. They will use women and children as shields. They will deliberately set things up so that when regime forces attack, non-combatants will be killed. They will, to put it bluntly, be cruel as well as cowardly and that the only thing thing whey want to change is who is in charge of looting while also adding a layer of sharia barbarism to the nation.
There is nothing we can do in Syria unless we wanted to invade and kill every single person in possession of a weapon. Then you could be fairly certain you were killing all the people who are causing the trouble. But as we are not prepared to do something like that, our course of action is to stay away – with perhaps providing some assistance to the Christians who are able and willing to flee. Other than that, US policy should be directed towards taking advantage of the Assad regime’s difficulties and leveraging the Syrians out of Lebanon. That would do more for US and Israeli security than pretending that the rebels are other than rats and helping them to replace the current rats in charge.