As President Obama’s possible military strike against Syria looms, many are angered that our country is putting weapons in Syrian rebels’ hands. The anger stems from more than those who are opposed to war as a whole and would easily provide you with a checklist why we shouldn’t be involved with Syria, but from a report circulating that discusses the inhumane behavior by Syrian rebels that we are equipping with weapons. Take for instance, the report that Syrian rebels sawed a girl in half with a frame saw while she was still alive. To put it mildly, reports such as these have left the nation divided.
The report comes from outspoken critic of U.S. involvement in Syria and Catholic nun Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib who is the Mother Superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria. Mother Agnes states she has lived in Syria for 20 years and doesn’t believe the photos and videos of children killed by chemical warfare are legitimate.
Regarding the chemical attack, Mother Agnes stated, “I have carefully studied the footage, and I will present a written analysis on it a bit later. I maintain that the whole affair was a frame-up. It had been staged and prepared in advance with the goal of framing the Syrian government as the perpetrator.”
In her interview with Russia Today, Mother Agnes described the horrific details of a little girl being sawed in half while still alive.
Russia Today asked Mother Agnes, “Do you know anything about the fate of hostages captured in Latakia?”
Mother Agnes responded, “In the village of Estreba they [Syrian rebels] massacred all the residents and burnt down their houses. In the village of al-Khratta almost all the 37 locals were killed. Only ten people were able to escape.
“A total of twelve Alawite villages were subjected to this horrendous attack. That was a true slaughterhouse. People were mutilated and beheaded.
“There is even a video that shows a girl being dismembered alive – alive! – by a frame saw. The final death toll exceeded 400, with 150 to 200 people taken hostage. Later some of the hostages were killed, their deaths filmed.
“At the moment we are looking for the hostages and negotiating their release with the militants, but so far we haven’t managed to achieve that.”
Needless to say, the news regarding the brutality of Syrian rebels have left many nationwide feeling they want little to do with this conflict and would rather support a diplomatic, internationally backed resolution than the U.S. continuing to put weapons in rebels hands.
What do you think about Syria’s internal war and America’s role in it?
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