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As the war in Syria for the hearts and minds of the Syrian people the news that comes out is nothing more than the Rah Rah propaganda employed to gain public acceptance.
So the ideology-driven Western media, in allying themselves with the armed opposition in Syria, have helped to create a situation in which it pays to kidnap and murder people who seek to report the truth. Ergo, they have violated the canons of their profession in the most egregious manner possible. And you’ll have noticed that they’re totally shameless about it. None of this gives them a moment of pause.
They keep pumping out the propaganda, day in, day out, never stopping to reflect on the potential consequences. When one story falls apart, they move on to the next one.
The most, or perhaps only, important thing is to manipulate public opinion so that it corresponds to government policy. Beyond that, who cares?
The list of media half-truths and outright lies in the context of Syria is endless. Take chemical weapons. Numerous incidents have been cited in the news, most of them small-time (meaning crude attacks with no casualties), all of them blamed on the government. And yet the UN has documented numerous cases in which terrorist outfits, including ISIS, used chemical weapons against civilians and Syrian soldiers. It also heard testimony from witnesses on the ground that opposition fighters were staging chemical attacks with the goal of framing the Syrian military. And contrary to every major media outlet in the West, the UN did not blame Assad for the infamous sarin attack of August 2013, stating after an investigation that “surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used” by one of “the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic.” The culprit was not identified. But all of this is irrelevant. We want Assad to be responsible for every chemical incident; therefore, he is. See Trump’s Tomahawk salvo.
What can we expect when the Trump admin turns Syria into a joke?
Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Rossrecalled the scene at Mar-a-Lago on April 6, when the summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping was interrupted by the strike on Syria.
“Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to Mr. Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria,” Ross said. “It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment.”
As the crowd laughed, Ross added: “The thing was, it didn’t cost the president anything to have that entertainment.”
That is the type of thing you expect from a coward that has not served his country or know what it is like to suffer in a war zone……
A story from Syria that has not got much play in the US is the fact that US allies (jihadists) are fighting each other now……
The jihadist entities in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus are once again at odds, despite the fact they are losing territory in the eastern part of the capital city.
According to local activists from Damascus Now, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Faylaq Al-Rahman launched another attack against their former allies from Jaysh Al-Islam today, striking the latter in the towns of Zamalka and Hazzah.
No advances have been reported thus far; however, the jihadist infighting has plagued their allies in the Al-Qaboun and Tishreen districts recently, as the Syrian government forces are now on the verge of splitting the east Damascus pocket in two.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
American troops are being used to stop ally in-fighting……(as written in antiwar.com)
Early deployments of US special forces in Syria were intended to support the Kurdish YPG in fighting against ISIS, and while the continued increase of ground troops is officially presented as part of the ISIS war, a growing number of US troops find themselves deployed as “buffers” to try to prevent fighting between US allies.
There are many stories that are reported about Syria….however most are nothing more than “fluff” pieces that ignore the realities on the ground.
There is so much more to the relationship the US has with Assad than has been reported……
Like a badly written series of romance novels, the plot template remains fixed while just the names of the characters and places rotate through the template. The story of Syria that Americans and Canadians ingest from the mainstream media is the same simplistic narrative of good and evil told by Washington about each new enemy. Every action committed by the Syrian government is evil and every reaction by Washington is good. Guilt can be assumed and assigned to Syria without investigation because the antagonist in the story is always guilty and can always be blamed. America is always the innocent observer who is shocked by Syrian brutality and feels compelled to respond to protect the innocent victims and defend the world.
But the story of Syria in not so simple, and history shows that the assignation of guilt should be much more judiciously distributed.
All is not well in Syria…..it has become a vicious cycle that looks unbreakable……but is it?
As tensions escalate between Turkey and Kurdish militias in northern Syria, I’m reminded of a lengthy conversation I had with a Kurdish friend five years ago about the best direction for the eastern half of the country. We agreed that various demographics living in the region – stretching from Aleppo to the Iraqi border – historically governed themselves, and the best way forward would be a decentralised system.
Those areas are geographically separated from Damascus. A trip on a coach for several hours through an empty desert is a constant reminder that the region is a disjointed part of Syria. Even when this part is ruled centrally from Damascus, people in those areas continued to trade with each other as they did throughout history. Merchants from eastern Syria would sell their agricultural produce and livestock in Aleppo, and purchase manufactured goods, furniture and clothing from there.
There is so much more going on in Syria than is reported by the western media.….propaganda does a good job at prolonging the conflict and making the M-IC an essential part of the equation for the Middle East.
How serious is the West on their rhetoric of democracy and peace in Syria? The MSM reporting leads me to believe….not so much…..not as serious as one would think.
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