+++ 18. Juli 2012 +++
Syria: Separating Propaganda from Reality
The latest massacre reported in Syria brings back many aspects of déjà vu: just as diplomatic efforts by UN envoy Kofi Annan to negotiate a settlement were making real headway and as Russian leaders pressed for a three-month extension of the UN supervision mission on the ground, headlines around the world screamed of a new atrocity committed by the Assad regime in Tremseh.
While initial reports from the so-called opposition claimed the Army had killed 200 activists, they quickly reduced that number, and the government said 37 people had died in a battle against heavily armed terrorists, after residents of the village had called in the Army for help. Even the BBC admitted that it was a counter-operation against rebels, who had first attacked Tremseh. Nonetheless, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced "another massacre committed by the Syrian regime that has claimed the lives of over 200 men, women, and children in the village of Traymseh."
A July 14 article in Russia Today sheds light on the modus operandi, which has been used repeatedly by the Saudi-Qatari-backed insurgents. Dr. Guenter Meyer, a Middle East expert at the Mainz University, told RT it was obvious that the rebels "were responsible for the Houla massacre" of a few weeks ago. He recalled that Assad called it an example of "massacre marketing, which means that rebels on purpose kill as many people as possible in order to incite worldwide public opinion and to promote invasion from abroad into Syria in order to oust Bashar al-Assad."
In the beginning, he said, the government was responsible for killing peaceful protesters, but the situation has completely changed. Western governments, the Gulf Arab states, Turkey and a large part of the opposition are not interested in peace, but in getting rid of Assad. For that, military intervention from abroad is needed.
Moreover, the information warfare against international opinion around the Syrian conflict has been exposed by Aisling Byrne, Projects co-ordinator with Conflicts Forum in Beirut. In the July 12 Asia Times, she noted that the conflict is being deliberately "cast as a simplistic narrative of a struggle for human rights and democracy" in order to cover up any geostrategic motivations.
The Syrian insurgents are not just getting arms and combat training from the Western countries, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, she said, but also training and equipment for psychological warfare, which then becomes the basis for the "news" reports provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which sits... in London.
In that light, another alleged massacre near Homs recently has finally been revealed to have been a pitched battle between armed rebels and government forces, in which an estimated 100 combatants were killed. The Syrian Observatory had first reported that the Syrian Army had massacred 250 innocent and unarmed civilians.
While most victims of this information warfare in the West refuse to believe that so many media and government reports could simply be intentional disinformation and lies, it is useful to recall the "arguments" used to launch the war in Iraq and more recently in Libya (weapons of mass destruction, human rights atrocities, international terrorism, etc.), which have all turned out to be lies. Thus it is all the more sinister that the U.S. officials are claiming that Damascus has started to move part of its chemical weapons arsenal out of storage facilities, implying they would be used against the population.
And the Red Cross has just declared the conflict a "civil war", which means that international humanitarian law now applies throughout the country, and it will be used to justify war crimes prosecution.
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+++ 7. Mai 2013 +++
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