Wednesday, February 5, 2014

HPers Turn Away from Suffering Syrians (Again)

The United Nations (you know, that infallible light of human rights and justice when it comes to Israel) has released a report about the war in Syria and its effects on children. The Huffington Post didn't give the article a picture, but the contents are bad enough.
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Western-backed opposition groups in Syria are recruiting refugee children in neighboring countries and Syrian government forces are detaining and torturing children with rebel links, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report on Tuesday.
The report found that in the early stages of the nearly three-year conflict, the Syrian government troops were largely responsible for grave violations against children; then, as the conflict intensified and armed opposition became more organized they committed an increasing number of child abuses.
"The suffering endured by the children in the Syrian Arab Republic since the outset of the conflict, as documented in this report, is unspeakable and unacceptable," Ban said in the report, dated Jan. 27, which was posted online on Tuesday....
Ban said government forces "were responsible for the arrest, arbitrary detention and torture of children for their perceived or actual association with the opposition, and for using children as human shields."
The report found that some of the treatment children were subjected to included "beatings with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons; electric shocks, including to the genitals; the ripping out of fingernails and toenails; sexual violence, including rape or threats of rape; mock executions; cigarette burns; sleep deprivation; solitary confinement; and exposure to the torture of relatives."
Obviously this is extremely gruesome, depraved stuff. You would expect the human rights loving Huffington Post readership, who come out of the woodwork and rage when Israel breaks a Palestinian's toenail, to be shouting to the high heavens about this story. A few did, but the majority tried to hijack the story to talk about their own particular cause, whatever that might be. Here's some of the top comments.

Sorry, Syrian children. If US tax dollars don't contribute to your suffering, the HP readership could not care less.

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