By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Â This week the world learned of a massacre in the township of Houla Syria. According to witnesses over 100 people have been slaughtered by Syrian militias intent upon killing opponents of the Syrian regime and their families.Â Because Houla, located in central Syria, is a strong hold of the Free Syria Army rebel forces and is the home of many military defectors and their families itâ€™s a prime target for Syrian forces.
Â State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stated that, â€śIran’s hand is clearly visible in the killing of more than 100 people, including scores of young childrenâ€ť. Â The group commonly believed to have carried out the slaughter is a pro Assad militia known as the Shabiha. The Shabiha is a well-armed organized street gang modeled after a similar gang operating in Iran, The Basij. The gangs are used by the government to terrorize the civilian population into compliance without actually using government assets in the process. When someone else is doing the dirty work the Syrian leadership can plead ignorance of the event, gaining plausible deniability. The Syrian government denied it had anything to do with the murders but blamed the rebels. Assadâ€™s government claims to be investigating and promises to prosecute the people behind the killings â€“ wink wink.
Â Iranian connection
Â Ms. Nuland contends that the Iranians have trained and advised the Shabiha in the tactics and techniques used in Iran to keep its population in line. She told the press that the deputy head of Iranâ€™s elite Quds, Esmail Ghani, was bragging about its role inside Syria during the massacre but later denied having a presence in Houla during the slaughter. What is more likely is that they were there critiquing their studentâ€™s methods at Houla.
Â With the weak diplomatic leadership of the Obama Administration and the Russians assurance that they will veto any attempts of military action against Syria or Iran it is unlikely this will be the last incident of mass murder in this unstable region. The murders will continue.
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