In a remark to Felix, July 14/2012, I asked: "Felix: do you get the impression the spin is working in another direction with this latest massacre?" The reversal on the massacre came quickly. Unlike Houla. With some admitting the truth was closer to what had been claimed by the Syrian government. What!?
"In a stunning report, the New York Times on July 14 actually suggested that the Syrian government’s version of the violence may have been the right one:
Although what actually happened in Tremseh remains murky, the evidence available suggested that events on Thursday more closely followed the Syrian government account."
Stunning alright! The answer to my 'why is the media spin different', broke over the weekend.
The msm following along with the NATO news script was being more honest so this could be spun into a civil war narrative. As mentioned in the preceding post:
However, much more then war crimes are at stake
The Red Cross now views fighting in Syria as an internal armed conflict - a civil war in layman's terms - crossing a threshold experts say can help lay the ground for future prosecutions for war crimes.
Georgetown University Law Center adjunct professor Gary Solis says a civil war designation would trigger the Geneva Conventions on conducting war, specifically protections in Common Article 3. "And Common Article 3 provides basic protections for those who are out of the combat, for example, soldiers who have surrendered or who have been wounded and are captured; for civilians; for any non-combatants. Common Article 3 provides basic protections and that is why it is so important.
And so to say there is a civil war suggests that Common Article 3 now applies and that is significant of course for the victims of the civil war," said Solis. But Solis adds a very important caveat. "The problem, however, is that there is no supra-national body, including the U.N., that can say with authority, 'all right this is a civil war; this is not a civil war.'
There is no international body which can give a binding opinion that this is indeed a civil war," Solis explained.
So much has changed in just a month, hasn't it?
From no,so called, international body able to give a binding opinion to this-
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions setting down the rules of war, and as such is considered a reference in qualifying when violence has evolved into an armed conflict.
I guess the adjunct professor, Gary Solis: Georgetown University Law Center, was simply unaware that the International Red Cross had that authority????!! If you believe that.......
With the "civil war designation" being official could a humanitarian intervention be far behind?
Thanks to the anon who left this tidbit, this unsurprising tidbit: Egypt's new president signals there won't be dramatic changes in Gaza policy
Egypt's new president holds the key to blockaded Gaza, but he is signalling that he won't rush to help the territory's Hamas rulers by striking a border deal with them, even though they are fellow members of the region's Muslim Brotherhood.Hamas was jubilant over Morsi's election in neighbouring Egypt in June, hoping the Egyptian leader would lift years of travel and trade restrictions that have hit the Gaza economy hard.
But for now Morsi is keeping Hamas at arm's length, focusing on his relationship with Egypt's powerful military and with the U.S., which gives Egypt $1.3 billion in annual military aid.
Those who pay the piper, call the tune!
It is not a coincidence that Hilary went from Egypt to Israel. The two biggest recipients of US largesse in the ME.
Canadian Encryption software aids in the destabilization of Syria
After a user installs Psiphon on his or her computer, all Internet traffic is encrypted and securely funnelled through a server located outside the country. This server acts as a relay, bouncing typically censored sites back to rebels and dissidents. It is, essentially, a complex act of digital sleight of hand – one that foreign governments are constantly trying to decipher.
“It’s like we designed the world’s best bot net that you agreed to become part of,” Mr. Rohozinski said. And he’s not joking. After all, he added: “What’s more survivable than really well-written computer viruses? The difference is that viruses are designed to take control of your system.”
As a commenter at G&M notes- "My guess is the providers of kiddie porn will be the next biggest users."
NATO destabilizers and kiddie porn providers and users? Is there a difference when it comes to scum?
Another one for the Canadians. This will warm your tuques!
US Police can make arrests on the Canadian side of the border
A cross-border agreement with the United States will see American police authorized to arrest people in Canada.Well, I have the warm fuzzies......