Among the consequences of the West's regime change policy in Syria that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against, in his press conference, today, is the growth of sectarian violence, and the signs of it were all over press reporting, today, even though the reporting is covering up for the foreign-armed opposition in order to blame the government for the various massacres.
The most recent such example is reports of a massacre in the village of Qubeir, about 20 miles from the embattled city of Homs. Word of the incident reached UN monitors on June 6, but they were not able to reach the scene until late the next day, due, they said, to the blocking of roads by Syrian security forces, but when they got there, they reported signs, to include body parts, congealed blood, bullet holes, shell holes through buildings, and so on, but strangely, no corpses. The monitors could not confirm how many people were killed or who they were, but opposition sources, naturally, blamed the government. People from neighboring villages told the monitors and journalists traveling with them that Alawite militias were responsible, though the BBC's Paul Danahar thought it odd that the killers would take the time to collect all the bodies and remove them from the scene.
If there was a massacre in Qubeir and it was carried out by Alawite militias—which is not known—it may have been revenge for the massacre in Houla. According to a story posted on the National Review website, Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung carried a report June 7 that the massacre of over 80 women and children, much touted around the world, was actually carried out by anti-Assad Sunni militants, and the victims were from the Shi'a and Alawite minorities.
According to the purported eyewitness account in the FAZ, rebel forces attacked checkpoints set up to protect the people of Houla, and the massacre took place during the 90-minute battle that followed. "Several dozen members of a family were slaughtered, which had converted from Sunni to Shi'a Islam. Members of the Shomaliya, an Alawi family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni member of the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a collaborator," reported FAZ. "Immediately following the massacre, the perpetrators are supposed to have filmed their victims and then presented them as Sunni victims in videos posted on the internet."
A similar report of eyewitnessess was reported by members of the Monastery of St. James in Qura, Syria. Armed rebels were blamed for the mass murders.
About the time that details of the Qubeir incident were occurring, another British journalist, Alex Thomson of U.K. Channel 4 News, was reporting on his blog that Syrian rebels set him and two other journalists and their driver up to be killed by government forces. Thomson said in a blog post and in emails to AP that the group was attempting to return to government lines when their rebel escort led them down a road that was a "free fire zone." They heard a shot ring out and made a panicked retreat back the way they had come.
"I'm quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian army," he wrote in the post, explaining that their deaths at the hands of President Bashar Assad's forces would have drawn sympathy to the rebel cause. "Dead journos are bad for Damascus," he said.
All of this is indicative of outside Empire instigation of acts of violence, and the fomenting of sectarian warfare, in order to blow up the Annan plan.
Meanwhile, reports are that the "rebels," armed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are now waging gun fights in the capital, Damascus