So this NYTimes video is making quite a splash across the internets. I don’t understand why anyone’s surprised.

Didn’t they see the video of the Syrian rebel eating the heart of a Syrian soldier he killed? Or the many execution videos they’ve been posting for the past year or so? This is what war is. Once a war begins, the line between “good guys” and “bad guys” becomes very, very blurred. That’s why it’s important to be as cautious as possible before getting involved — because as we’ve so often learned (although apparently not often enough), the cure may be much worse than the situation we’re attempting to remedy:

The Syrian rebels posed casually, standing over their prisoners with firearms pointed down at the shirtless and terrified men.

“If they regard anyone associated with the old regime as evil, one can only imagine what they will do if they come to power.”

The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers. Five were trussed, their backs marked with red welts. They kept their faces pressed to the dirt as the rebels’ commander recited a bitter revolutionary verse.

“For fifty years, they are companions to corruption,” he said. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.”

The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet.

This scene, documented in a video smuggled out of Syria a few days ago by a former rebel who grew disgusted by the killings, offers a dark insight into how many rebels have adopted some of the same brutal and ruthless tactics as the regime they are trying to overthrow.

The Assad regime is just as brutal — maybe more. And injecting ourselves into this mess solves what, exactly?

4 thoughts on “Viral

  1. Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CAa) said yesterday that he told Kerry “several months ago” that selling a U.S. military strike on Syria “would be very difficult.” It would seem that the neo-cons have been planning this war on Syria for “several months.” But they needed some ‘big’ event to change the minds of Congress and of the American people about going to war just one more time. What a happy coincidence for the warmongers that there was a Sarin gas attack on the very day that a U.N. chemical weapons investigation team arrived in Syria. What are the odds?

  2. I don’t believe that either Kerry or Hagel are naive about the situation in Syria or the rebels. So why? What is the reason for this push to intervene? What is the real agenda? What are they really afraid of? I no longer believe that it is just about oil or Israel. I feel that there is something more involved.

  3. They just blew away the Geneva Conventions but they didn’t use gas. (No wait, they may have done that too.)

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