General Mood: “Two Versions” of the Houla Massacre

Posted by John Rosenthal

A report from Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which attributes the Houla massacre to anti-Assad rebel forces, has given rise to controversy. Critics have accused the FAZ and other sources, which have likewise reported this alternative version, of disseminating regime “propaganda.” If, however, the alternative version is indeed regime propaganda, then it would appear that the UN [...]

Greece: A Vote for the Euro!—or Maybe Not …

Posted by John Rosenthal

The results of Sunday’s legislative elections in Greece have been widely hailed as a vote “for the euro,” with news services painting the elections as a virtual “referendum” on eurozone membership. “For the euro” in the present context means, more precisely, for the austerity measures that the European powers-that-be have made clear are the condition [...]

The Houla Massacre Redux

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a post on National Review Online, Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi and Phillip Smyth maintain that claims that Syrian rebels were responsible for the Houla massacre are the stuff of “outlandish conspiracy websites.” But a closer look at their argumentation reveals that they are the ones that have to resort to conspiracy theorizing. See my reply at [...]

Report: Syrian Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre

Posted by John Rosenthal

It was, in the words of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, the “tipping point” in the Syria conflict: a savage massacre of over 90 people, predominantly women and children, for which the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad was immediately blamed by virtually the entirety of the Western media. Within days of the first reports of [...]