Fuelling a massacre in Hula

Now that the U.N. has documented the stabbing and shooting massacre of 92 civilians, including 32 children, by the Assad Regime in Hula, Syria; what do you think are the chances of a statement from our very own, busy-supplying-the-murderers-with-fuel cancillería?

The Hula Massacre is a turning point in the Syrian conflict, the moment when it descended into total outright barbarism. Many of the children killed were badly mutilated. Are we supposed to just accept active, ongoing support for war crimes as a normal part of Venezuelan foreign policy? Shouldn’t someone inside Comando Venezuela say something? Can it really be that only Ramón Muchacho cares?

16 thoughts on “Fuelling a massacre in Hula

  1. I was listening to the story on NPR just a moment ago and thinking the same thing as you. Then it dawned on me: can a regime so crude and basic as Venezuela’s, one that takes lessons from the Castro brothers and looks up to Putin, Mugabe, and al-Assad even acknowledge an opposition victory on 7-O? What do you think?

    Preparing for the election is the right thing to do but preparing for what comes after is essential.

  2. With all due respect, F., you were against an intervention in Lybia, arguing, if I remember correctly, that they should deal with it themselves and that the International Community had nothing to do meddling in their Human Rights Violations.
    What’s the difference now? The pictures of Lybia were not as shocking as these?
    I was strongly for the intervention in Lybia, as I am here.
    What’s your point of view?

    • Yeah, the Libyan intervention went great…unless you happened to be in Mali, and the returning Gaddafi mercenaries plunged your country back into a civil war that’s turning into one of those slow-burn, out-of-the-headlines humanitarian catastrophes… http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/allcontent.cfm?id=46

      We should have the humility to recognize that the second, third, and fourth order knock-on effects of these kinds of interventions are unknowable ahead of time. Which is why prudence dictates that you have to refrain from intervening, and from supplying the warring parties with the necessaries for violence (e.g., diesel.)

      • The second, third, and fourth order effects in Syria would be far worse than in relatively isolated Libya. Even if the atrocities were identical in both cases, there would be no comparison when these effects are considered.

    • I am generally not in favor of interventions, for some of the reasons cited by Francisco and also because they often don’t work in the long-term. i.e.: Somalia, Haiti, etc…

      In the case of Libya, a fairly strong case was made for this furthering policy goals in the region. It is still a bit early to make a call on whether it was successful. In Syria, as near as I can see, the western block’s policy goals are being met by the status quo, in that Syria has been taken out of play as a effective tool of the Iranians by the current Civil War. A resolution either way, would likely return Syria to its previous role as an Iranian puppet in the region.

      Given the above, I would say that the itch to “save the world” should not be scratched in this case.

  3. The Assad government’s official response to this was that it was the rebels who committed these atrocities, and not the Syrian government. Sadly, in spite of all logic and evidence to the contrary, Chavez will support his brother, Assad’s party line. He can do nothing else. It is far too late for him to grow a sense of decency and humanity.

  4. There’s a debate of what to Europe or NATO or the U.S.A. should do about Syria’s horrible human rights abuses. Count me in principle against direct intervention. But for the same reason, it’s incensing to see the kind of madness that has taken over my home country.

    In all at least in name “democratic” countries, only the the Bolivarian Revolutionary Government is imbecile enough to come in support of… Assad, and before that Qaddafi and before that Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan, and of course Ahmadinejad. Worst of all, offering them actual, material support, not that it will come in time, or do a hell of a lot of difference when push comes to shove.

    Now, what are the Bolivarianos expecting to gain for themselves or for Venezuela from this? Maybe I am naive, but… Why isn’t this easily explainable to anyone on the street in Venezuela? That Huguito is supporting the worst dictators with Venezuelan money(beginning with Castro)?. That Venezuelans can only lose on these deals, that the only hope for not losing too big is that this toon Revolution itself “aguaje, buche y pluma”, and mere comic relief in a more serious stage?

  5. Today the Russians said that the “rebels” were also responsible for this massacre. I get the impression taht Quico is influenced by CNN and BBC – channels that always blame almost every death on Assad.

    If there is a suicide bomb that kils 50 people and injures 100 in Damascus or Homs it is always implied that Assad is somehow doing this when it is glaringly obvious that these are terrorists acts carried out by insurgents against Assad and financed from abroad.

    Repeat of Libya and more to come. Listen to this interview with Wesley Clark and it might change your brainwashed minds about what is really happening in the Middle East. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMBUXlqib-A it’s lees than 2 and one half miniues.

    • “Implied” that Assad is “somehow doing this”? There is overwhelming evidence, gathered by, among others, the UN, that Assad is doing this. The Russians practiced this kind of misinformation in Chechnya. The Russians are selling Assad the arms to do this, that’s their angle. Venezuela is providing the fuel. You are a scumbag and an apologist for scumbags.

    • Today you have well and truly proven just how cynical you are, Arturo.

      Scumbag is too good a word for you.

      Canucklehead, you need to apologize to the word scumbag for equating it to Arturo.

      Look at the pictures, you POS PSF, and remember our fuel enabled those deaths. Remember that our government facilitated this. Remember that these crimes have no statute of limitations.

      I sincerely hope you have nothing to do with this, Arturo.

      • My apologies. A person completely devoid of a conscience or moral compass. A cold blooded propagandist. Reptile. Worm.

    • But remember: CaracasChronicles surrendered the moral high ground when we posted about those Diosdado Presidente posters.

  6. Those oil shipments must stop, but we should remember this is not the first stupid war fueled in part by our oil.

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