First, another one of those “conflicting reports” from Al Jizz:
Antita McNaught reports on Syria ceasefire
Syria’s diversity Â is almost as ‘diverse’ as Saddam Hussein’s Iraq:
The Toronto Star’s resident snake oil salesman (one of ’em, anyway) tries to get away with a whopper–how Syria was a paradise of “diversity” until its recent ruckus. A commenter respondsÂ with a succinct yet delightfully descriptive “Balllooony,” and theÂ Wiki entry for “Human Rights in Syria”Â reveals the truth–that Syria was as far away from being a utopia of inclusiveness as you can get:
The country is governed by a one-party state without free elections.Â The authorities harass and imprison human rights activists and other critics of the government.Â Freedom of expression, association and assembly are strictly controlled.Women and ethnic minorities face discrimination.Â AccordingÂ Human Rights Watch, PresidentÂ Bashar al-AssadÂ failed to improve Syria’s human rights record in the first 10 years of his rule,Â and by the eleventh (2011), Syria’s human rights situation had become one of the worst in the world.Â According toÂ Amnesty International, the government may be guilty ofÂ crimes against humanityÂ based on “witness accounts of deaths in custody, torture and arbitrary detention,” during the crackdown against theÂ 2011 uprising...
Ooops! Looks like Harpoon’s been caught, er,Â massaging the truth for a change.