Marie Colvin: Syrian government found liable for US reporter’s death, Really Killed by US Backed “Rebels”


Editor’s note:  VT spoke with both Russian and Syrian government sources that report this to be a totally fake accusation.  Intel sources confirm that Marine Colvin was an Israeli agent infiltrated into Syria through Idlib Province in 2012 who was murdered by US backed Free Syrian Army elements that had secretly defected to ISIS.

The real question asked in Moscow and Damascus is why now, why the bizarre accusation and why the reporting.  Something is quite amiss here.  VT, of course, is disturbed that an Israeli agent would be murdered rather than ransomed as so many have been inside Syria.

Syria makes millions each year selling Israel’s POWs, both IDF and others, back at $7m each.  Oh, you didn’t know?  This is how things have always been and, quite perhaps, how they should be as well.
A US court has found Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government liable for the death of American war correspondent Marie Colvin in February 2012.

Colvin, 56, died in the besieged city of Homs, Syria, alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, when the building they were in was shelled.

US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said it was an “extrajudicial killing”.

She also ordered Damascus to pay $302.5m (£231m) in damages for an “unconscionable crime”.

It is the first time Mr Assad’s government is held to account for a war crime and sets a legal precedent, the BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher in Washington reports.

The civil lawsuit was filed by Colvin’s family in 2016. The Syrian government was not involved in defending the case.

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    “Israeli tanks rolled into Rafah in May 2004 after five Israeli soldiers died when Palestinians fired an RPG at an armoured personnel carrier. IDF tanks and bulldozers destroyed another entire block of homes. Ibrahim Keshta knocked holes through his walls to get his family out. “It used to be a big neighbourhood here. Now there are only dogs,” he said as he brought a tray of glasses of sweet tea and sat cross-legged on the floor of his half-ruined house to talk. “You die alone here.””
    “Colvin worked briefly for a labor union in New York City, before starting her journalism career with United Press International (UPI), a year after graduating from Yale.[11] She worked for UPI first in Trenton, then New York and Washington. In 1984, Colvin was appointed Paris bureau manager for UPI, before moving to The Sunday Times in 1985.[12]
    From 1986, she was the newspaper’s Middle East correspondent, and then from 1995 was the Foreign Affairs correspondent. In 1986, she was the first to interview Muammar Gaddafi after Operation El Dorado Canyon.[13] Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said in this interview that he was at home when U.S. planes bombed Tripoli in April 1986, and that he helped rescue his wife and children while “the house was coming down around us”. Gadhafi also said reconciliation between Libya and the United States was impossible so long as Reagan was in the White House. “I have nothing to say to him (Ronald Reagan)”, he said, “because he is mad. He is foolish. He is an Israeli dog.””
    “Marie Catherine Colvin (January 12, 1956 – February 22, 2012) was an American journalist who worked as a foreign affairs correspondent,[3] for the British newspaper The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death. She died while covering the siege of Homs in Syria.”
    “Marie Colvin was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, and grew up in East Norwich in the town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, on Long Island. Her father, William J. Colvin, was a Marine Corps veteran of WWII and an English teacher in New York City public schools.”
    “She graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 1974.[7] She spent her junior year of high school abroad on an exchange program in Brazil and later attended Yale University. She was an anthropology major but took a course with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Hersey. She also started writing for the Yale Daily News “and decided to be a journalist,” her mother said. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1978.[8][9”
    • 2000 – Journalist of the Year, Foreign Press Association
    • 2000 – Courage in Journalism, International Women’s Media Foundation
    • 2001 – Foreign Reporter of the Year, British Press Awards
    • 2009 – Foreign Reporter of the Year, British Press Awards
    • 2012 – Anna Politkovskaya Award, Reach All Women in War (RAW in WAR)
    • 2012 – Foreign Reporter of the Year, British Press Awards”
    So far as I can see, she was Catholic. There is always a fog of war, who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys”. No one is perfect. But with all due respect to Gordon, I do not see how the above documentation leads one to the conclusion that her life’s work can be dismissed with the pejorative phrase: “She was an Israeli Agent”. She seems to be criticizing Israel. After all the most difficult job of any journalist is to report back from the battlefield of terror in a war.

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