07 June 2006

NO Syrian “Mass Graves” in Anjar After All

A burial site in Anjar, originally believed to be "a mass grave" for victims of Syria's military presence, turned out to be a graveyard dating to the 17th century, according to Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza.

The remains of 28 skeletons were found there last December. The suspicion [certainty for some] that this was “a mass grave” shook Lebanon politically and socially at the time. But according to Mirza, on-site investigations and complete DNA test results indicated that the earliest date of burial of the exhumed remains was 50 years ago while others were 350 years old.

"There is no evidence of it being a mass grave, no evidence of any crime committed on this site, no evidence of torture or injuries from gun shots as it was reported earlier," said Mirza.

Syria denied the accusations then, and contended that they were a pretext to damage Damascus, which was and still is under heavy international pressure to cooperate with the U.N. inquiry into Hariri's assassination.

Syria's exoneration clears up a sore point between the two countries whose bilateral relations are at their lowest point in decades.

2 Comments:

Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

In the days following President Bush’s “March 14 2005 Cedar Revolution” that “freed Lebanon from years of Syrian occupation” (the Syrian occupiers in question having been “invited” to conquer all of Lebanon in October 1990 by none other than a certain George H. Bush…), the Neocon/Saudi controlled press in Washington and Beirut started to run graphic stories depicting the “horror of mass graves found in eastern Lebanon” where Syria’s “Baathist thugs” allegedly abandoned the corpses of their innocent Lebanese victims.

Back then, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld said they were “not surprised” for this only confirmed the “totalitarian nature of Syria’s Baathist regime”, and echoed (a little too neatly) the sudden apparition of other mass graves “discovered” coincidently in the middle of the Iraqi desert by intrepid albeit “embedded” US journalists…

In Iraq, as in Syria and Lebanon, the easiness with which the Pentagon’s professional propagandists were able to fool a complacently hapless press corps tells us a lot about the sorry state of our once independent media: with a few notable exceptions such as Seymour Hersh, Maureen Dowd, and Justin Raimondo, the quality of US journalism has gone down the drain.

And, contrary to what people say, European and Arab journalism are in an even worse state…

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