“18 USC § 2441 – War crimes – (d) Common Article 3 Violations – (D) Murder.— The act of a person who intentionally kills, or conspires or attempts to kill, or kills whether intentionally or unintentionally in the course of committing any other offense under this subsection, one or more persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including those placed out of combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause.”
Video: (RT) “WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE. Gruesome footage has emerged apparently showing Syrian rebels executing loyalists while their victims pleaded for their lives. One of the gunmen is heard referencing an al-Qaeda-linked group behind several terrorist attacks in Syria. News analyst Patrick Henningsen says the nationwide internet shutdown, that’s now ended, could have been American-influenced.”
(a similar atrocity covered here). Not only are the crimes depicted against international law, but they are explicitly against US law. Despite this, the West, including the United States, is still providing a steady stream of cash, equipment, weapons, and diplomatic support to verified terrorists and war criminals.
While the Western media and defenders of sectarian extremists committing wide scale war crimes in Syria attempt to downplay the atrocities as merely targeting “loyalists,” it should be remembered that the unconfirmed affiliations of the victims have no bearing on the impartial application of both international and US law. In fact, by making such arguments and failing to condemn the atrocities, or impose punitive measures on those carrying them, indicates the overt duplicity and double standards being couched behind “humanitarian” and “democratic” concerns.
Image: Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), addressing fellow terrorists in Syria. Harati is now commanding a Libyan brigade operating inside of Syria attempting to destroy the Syrian government and subjugate the Syrian population. This is clearly a foreign invasion, not a “revolution.” Al Qaeda’s leadership role in the so-called “Free Syrian Army” goes far in explaining their tactics.
The West’s increasingly unhinged narrative versus Syria is feverishly pushed by their media outlets, even as Libya degenerates into nation-wide sectarian violence that has left one American ambassador dead and a US consulate burned to the ground, while Egypt descends into a sectarian tyranny eclipsing the despotism of the ousted government of Hosni Mubarak – all while the pro-American autocratic regimes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain operate with absolute impunity amidst a self-imposed media and diplomatic blackout by American, British, and European nations.
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Contributed by Tony Cartalucci of New Eastern Outlook.
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.