Jeremy Salt: I don’t think there’s any doubt at all that a large number of military, of civilians, have been killed by armed gangs and by defectors. So, what we actually need to do is to disaggregate these (casualty) figures. How many people have been killed by the Syrian Army? How many of them were innocent, entirely innocent? How many of them were men who picked up arms? How many civilians have been killed by armed gangs? And so forth and so on. You need to break the whole thing down, but these figures are not broken down.
Jeremy Salt teaches in the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and is the author of Imperialism, Evangelism, and the Ottoman Armenians, 1878-1896; and The Unmaking of the Middle East: A History of Western Disorder in Arab Lands. This video was released by Russia Today on 4 January 2012. See, also, Jeremy Salt, “Truth and Falsehood in Syria” (Palestine Chronicle, 5 October 2011); Jeremy Salt, “And Now for Syria” (2 November 2011); Jeremy Salt, “‘Human Rights’ and the Road to Hell: Libya and Now Syria?” (Palestine Chronicle, 3 December 2011); Jeremy Salt, “Truth about Syria: Crazy Men in Grey Suits” (Palestine Chronicle, 12 January 2012).