... this brings us back to aim-one: If you cannot destroy the Assad regime & move Syria from river bank A to river bank B, then prevent a settlement, any settlement and bleed the country indeterminately!
"...“They are being used as propaganda,” said Rami Abdel Rahman (HE DOES NOT EXIST), the head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who believes the new numbers overstate the number of dead. “The U.N. is not a human rights organization, it is a political one.”
Rahman said he believed the report, made public Wednesday, was being used to pressure countries into working harder to reach a political deal to stop the fighting. (and SOHR is against such an outcome!)
Rahman’s criticism is notable.....
Megan Price, a senior statistician for Benetech, the California firm that compiled the report for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Rahman’s concerns about the accuracy of some of the data used in the study “are valid."... That view was endorsed by Radwan Ziadeh, the director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, ....
'... just when you thought he washed away...'
.... there were many questions that the report could not answer. For one, the analysis could not determine how many of those killed were civilians and how many were combatants.... The lack of information about whether the dead were bystanders or combatants also leaves open the debate over Syrian government tactics. Anti-Assad groups have consistently accused the government of targeting civilians in its bombardment of urban areas, a charge the Syrian government answers by claiming that the areas were occupied by armed rebels.
The way the various groups account for civilian casualties varies widely, underscoring the difficulty.
Ziadeh says his group’s numbers “indicate that 90 to 95 percent of those killed are civilians.” But Rahman’s Syrian Observatory sees a less lopsided ratio, with its numbers for November and December – 3,860 and 3,690, respectively – showing that only 42 percent of those were civilians.....
Rahman said, however, that he intends to present evidence to the United Nations that some of the death reports its study used included faked names and people who died from causes unrelated to the war...."