Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When Syrian armed groups perpetrate kidnappings, it is mentioned in passing in the papers

"In another sign of Syria’s growing anarchy, the Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday that three Europeans had been abducted by militants in Syria, identifying one of the three as Mario Belluomo, 63, an Italian citizen. Later, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Damascus confirmed that the other two hostages were Russian citizens, and that all three had been abducted around Latakia, a coastal city."  I like the opening sentence of this paragraph: so the fault is not with the armed gangs but with the "growing anarchy".  Did the growing anarchy also perpetrate the massacre of `Alawite civilians in `Aqrab as well?