Today I heard a BBC report from “inside Homs” and the violent barrage of rockets fired by the Syrian tanks and the Air Force. This chap was really putting it on thick and the description of atrocities went far beyond believe. He described how a small medical facility was targeted killing all doctors and medical staff. This caused numerous patients to die in cruciating pain from minor injuries like a bullet wound in the hand or leg … I already knew most reporting was pure western propaganda coming from the White House and Downing Street 10 in London. Here is a report by Sibel Edmonds on this very topic!
Hall of Fame & Hall of Shame on Syria Reporting
By Sibel Edmonds
(Boiling Frogs) – Have you noticed how it’s been all quiet on the Western MSM War Propaganda front? As more and more alternative news outlets are increasing their reporting on the real situation in Syria, as even the puppet Arab League is issuing observations contradicting previously reported `un-sourced and undocumented’ atrocities and a made-up huge death-toll caused by Assad’s regime, the mainstream media and corporate-funded NGO news fronts have been decreasing their Syria coverage. It is almost as if they’ve gotten `a black-eye’ and gone in hiding. Rest assured, there won’t be any retraction on previously publicized, that is, intensely, un-sourced, un-confirmed, un-documented, fictional death toll numbers and imaginary scenarios.
Let’s take a look at a few recent reports starting with an excellent piece at Asia Times …
A Mistaken Case for Syrian Regime Change
What we are seeing in Syria is a deliberate and calculated campaign to bring down the Assad government so as to replace it with a regime “more compatible” with US interests in the region. The blueprint for this project is essentially a report produced by the neo-conservative Brookings Institute for regime change in Iran in 2009. The report – “Which Path to Persia?”  – continues to be the generic strategic approach for US-led regime change in the region.
A rereading of it, together with the more recent “Towards a Post-Assad Syria”  (which adopts the same language and perspective, but focuses on Syria, and was recently produced by two US neo-conservative think-tanks) illustrates how developments in Syria have been shaped according to the step-by-step approach detailed in the “Paths to Persia” report with the same key objective: regime change.
Arguably, the most important component in this struggle for the “strategic prize” has been the deliberate construction of a largely false narrative that pits unarmed democracy demonstrators being killed in their hundreds and thousands as they protest peacefully against an oppressive, violent regime, a “killing machine” led by the “monster” Assad.
Then, the article sets about analyzing and exposing dubious MSM and Western-Funded dirty NGOs
(You may want to see my previous report on how for months `AntiWar.Com,’ despite all appeals, disseminated and marketed the misinformation and propaganda by these exact same dirty sources here):
Claims of “massacres”, “campaigns of rape targeting women and girls in predominantly Sunni towns” “torture” and even “child-rape” are reported by the international press based largely on two sources – the British-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights and the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCCs – with minimal additional checking or verification.[Spokesperson Catherine al-Tali is an US informer according to wikileaks doc – Oui]
Hiding behind the rubric – “we are not able to verify these statistics” – the lack of integrity in reporting by the Western mainstream media has been starkly apparent since the onset of events in Syria. A decade after the Iraq war, it would seem that no lessons from 2003 – from the demonization of Saddam Hussein and his purported weapons of mass destruction – have been learnt.
Of the three main sources for all data on numbers of protesters killed and numbers of people attending demonstrations – the pillars of the narrative – all are part of the “regime change” alliance. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, in particular, is reportedly funded through a Dubai-based fund with pooled (and therefore deniable) Western-Gulf money (Saudi Arabia alone has, according to Elliot Abrams allocated US$130 billion to “palliate the masses” of the Arab Spring).
Now, there are way too many solid and reliable real alternative news outlets to credit with excellent and critical reporting. I won’t be able to list them all, and I am sure many of you already know who they are. So I am going to list less than a handful and congratulate them on their relentless and vigilant reporting and editorials:
- Al Jazeera has become an instrumental tool of propaganda
- Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – A useful fake for false propaganda