Even as many of the details are still difficult to verify or determine — the exact number killed, how many were executed or died from shelling — evidence of what activists described as a massacre continues to mount.
Shouldn’t that read, “Even as many of the details are still difficult to verify or determine — the exact number killed, how many were executed or died from shelling, or who was responsible…”? And who were the victims, most of whom were young men? Have they been identified? Were they rebels? Were they civilians, as they appear to be from the images that have emerged? Did they support the opposition or the regime?
The media simply parrots claims from the opposition without independent verification, and they aren’t afraid to outright lie to you, like the Times does once again in this article:
Daraya is one example among many, but if the death toll and the executions are confirmed, it may become as notorious as Houla, where the United Nations reported in May that the government had killed 108 people, including at least 32 children.
That is a lie. See my previous post. As I documented in detail, in fact, the U.N. did not confirm that the government forces were responsible and did not pin the blame on the government. Moreover, the evidence suggests that massacre was carried out by rebels or associated terrorist elements, not government forces.