(June 10, 2012) A respected mainstream publication, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung(FAZ), has reported that the infamous Houla massacre in Syria, which the US and NATO hoped would be the casus belli for their planned invasion, was in fact carried out by rebel forces.
Highlighted in the National Review, of all places, the FAZ investigation was exhaustive and convincing.
NRO reports on the original FAZ story:
"According to the article's sources, the massacre occurred after rebel forces attacked three army-controlled roadblocks outside of Houla. The roadblocks had been set up to protect nearby Alawi majority villages from attacks by Sunni militias. The rebel attacks provoked a call for reinforcements by the besieged army units. Syrian army and rebel forces are reported to have engaged in battle for some 90 minutes, during which time 'dozens of soldiers and rebels' were killed.
"According to eyewitness accounts," the FAZ report continues,
"the massacre occurred during this time.