This is the verdict of the New York Times: if there is even one `Alawite in the area, he is guilty of murder. "Tremseh is a Sunni village surrounded by villages populated by Mr. Assad’s Alawite sect." The matter is closed. This is the quality of journalistic investigation by the Times. Can you imagine if the Times were to report after a massacre of Palestinians that "the Arab village is surrounded by villages populated by Netanyahu's Jewish sect"? Can you imagine the outrage? And notice how the phraseology makes all `Alawites the personal property of Bashshar Al-Asad. This is a license by the Times for their massacre.