Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Syrians Torturing/Killing Moppets Galore. Where's the al Dura-esque Outcry?

Remember Muhammed al-Dura? He's the adorable Palestinian moppet who was at the centre of a Palestinian stage-managed frame-up (a.k.a. a blood libel). Remember the massive hue and cry that attended his purported death? How those already predisposed to hate Israel were provided further impetutus to do so? And, even when the whole hoax was revealed for the pathetic Paliwood photo-op/agit prop that it was, how the name al-Dura and the iconic photo of his faux-murder continued to fuel Zionhass?

Compare that to the reaction--the non-reaction--that accompanied the death of Hamza al-Khateeb:
In May 2011, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, who was only 13 years old, was among the many Syrian children to have been killed by the Syrian security apparatus. After his death, he became the symbol of the Syrian regime's brutality. It was revealed that the young boy was killed after being tortured, "suffering numerous fractures and broken bones." The Globe and Mail wrote: "His jaw and both kneecaps had been smashed. His flesh was covered with cigarette burns. His penis had been cut off. Other injuries appeared to be consistent with the use of electroshock devices and being whipped with a cable." A video of his mutilated body circulated on the Internet, raising criticism from all over the world against the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
And he's far from the only youngster who has been tortured, raped and murdered by Assad's thugs.  According to a UN report there are plenty of others whose names we don't even know. For example:
Several male detainees testified that they had been anally raped with batons in detention facilities, and that they had witnessed boys being raped.
One man said he saw a 15-year-old boy being raped in front of his father. Another saw three security service officers raping an 11-year-old boy.
“I have never been so afraid in my whole life,” he said in the report. “And then they turned to me and said, ‘You are next.’”
Such charmers! No wonder UNESCO deemed 'em fit to sit on its "human rights" committees.

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