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Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:23PM
File photo shows Syrian militants taking cover as they exchange fire with regime forces in the Salaheddin neighborhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo.

File photo shows Syrian militants taking cover as they exchange fire with regime forces in the Salaheddin neighborhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo.

A US-based historian has warned that Syria would become the scene of an “colossal bloodbath” should militants gain control of the crisis-hit country. “If the Free Syrian Army, if this [Syria’s militia group Jabhat] al-Nusra gang of death squads in particular should ever gain power over Syria or large parts of Syria, we would witness a colossal bloodbath that would certainly be the biggest in the current century,” Webster Griffin Tarpley told Press TV on Sunday. Tarpley said militants are trying to install “an independent, terrorist emirate” similar to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “It would be a genocide machine unleashed in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he warned. Tarpley also drew a parallel between the ongoing Syrian unrest and the 1990s’ Lake District of Africa genocide, saying, “And it would rival what we saw in the Lake District of Africa back in the 1990s that would be a genocide of Shiites, of Alawites, of Christians, Melkites, Maronites...Orthodox and others, also people who are politically not acceptable to these killers and also foreign citizens, tens of thousands of people from other countries who would also be candidates for execution.” The American author said militants “are becoming more and more impudent and arrogant and insolent” toward Russia and the US for the latter’s insufficient support for them. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence. The Syrian government also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of armed militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals. KA/HGH/SS