Could it be that anabolic steroids are being blamed for ethnic cleansing? Britain’s “Daily Mail” demonizes steroids by linking them to “ghost killers” who are terrorizing communities in Syria on behalf of current President Bahar Assad.
Dr. Mousab Azzawi, the spokesman for the Syrian Network for Human Rights in London, has emphasized the physically-imposing size and use of anabolic steroids (and low intelligence) as factors that make the group dangerous.
“They were like monsters. They had huge muscles, and big bellies and beards,” said Azzawi. “They took steroids to pump up their bodies.”
Dr. Azzawi believes the steroid-induced strength and fanatic allegiance to Syrian President Assad and the Muslim Alawite sect make them “terrifying”.
Of course, it would seem reasonable to be more concerned about the fact that a group of killers with AK-47s and machetes dispatched and paid by the country’s leader to engage in a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Steroids or AK-47s? Steroids or twisted philosophy of genocide?
Areen Al Assad was identified as leader of the group of “steroid-pumping ghost killers”. Each member of the group is reportedly paid £130 per day. It has been blamed for massacres that indiscriminately target men, women and children including 108 civilians in Houla, 12 in Qusayr and 78 in Qubair.
However, pictures of men with cartoonishly large biceps but small deltoids and forearms suggest the killers are pumped up with Synthol rather than pumped up on steroids.
Many experts fear that the “revolution” in Syria could deteriorate into a Bosnian-type civil war. But of course the Daily Mail wants to highlight the alleged use of steroids to further demonize the perpetrators of the attack as if genocide wasn’t bad enough.
Moran, L. (June 11, 2012). Revealed: Syria’s steroid-mad ‘Ghost’ killers who keep Assad in power by slaughtering women and children. Retrieved from