"The first kidnappings took place on Thursday, when 42 minority Shiite Muslims, mainly women and children, were taken from a bus traveling to Damascus, the capital, from their villages, Fouaa and Kfarya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an antigovernment watchdog group based in Britain with a network of activists in Syria.It was unclear who kidnapped them." Oh, really. It was not clear who kidnapped them. What a mystery. Let me say? Who are the likely suspects in your mind? But as if that was not enough, here Barnard provides justification for the sectarian kidnapping of Shi`ites: "some Shiite communities have provided gunmen to pro-government militias. Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militia and political party, has also been accused of joining the conflict on the government’s side." Does one have to comment on this really?