Trail of carnage in trash bins of Damascus suburb
Syrians in the ghost city of Douma have recovered mutilated corpses and sifted through trash for body parts hacked off by death squads who swept through anti-government districts after the army drove out rebel fighters, activists said on Wednesday.
Video shot by opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in the city about 15 km (10 miles) north of Damascus on Tuesday displayed gory horror scenes in homes they said had been overrun by pro-government “shabbiha” paramilitary gangs, after army shelling over the weekend forced rebel fighters to retreat.
Given obstacles to independent media coverage in Syria, there was no way of verifying the authenticity of the activist video or the information conveyed. One resident named Ziad told Reuters by telephone that 90 percent of Douma citizens had fled the city of around 110,000 inhabitants.
SANA published photographs of well-dressed officials touring tidy streets. Activist video, by contrast, was horrific, showing what it said was the aftermath of carnage by feared militiamen.
“These are pieces of our children we’re pulling out of dumpsters ... We found these body parts and we are still looking for more. These are burned human body parts,” said a man picking through an overturned garbage bin.
“These are male reproductive organs,” he said.
Video clips showed rotting corpses lying in dried pools of blood in dark hallways, their faces covered with flies. One showed a woman and her child prone in a living room. The activist narrating the video said they had been stabbed.
A third video displayed pieces of charred flesh which activists said were severed genitals.
“There was more here yesterday,” said a man wearing plastic gloves. “But the dogs were taking them.”
So much for the the kindness and brotherhood of jizzlam. The civil war in Syria is largely along sectarian lines; one flavor of islam against another. It’s also about the city boys versus their country cousins; those who get the government handouts versus those who pay for them. Assad’s Baath party is almost exclusively Shiite, and most of those are from the Alawite sub-sect. The rest of the country’s muslims are Sunni. All of the rebels are, and they’re supported by the Muslim Brotherhood.
This is nothing new. One of the main points about terrorism that is almost completely lost in the West is that most of it is sectarian; one muslim radical against another muslim (radical or not). And they don’t have an ounce of mercy amongst them.
I dont know about how they think of it back in jersey but out west we have a term for muslim on muslim violence: Win Win.
Jersey’s a tad more Liberal than many Western States, but speaking for myself and a few conservative friends we concur with your analysis of the situation Rich K.