US Aid to Israel Aids Who and Toward What End?

September 22, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Recently, the United States just renewed military aid to Israel in a decade-long, $38 billion deal – the largest of its kind in American history. It represents a significant increase in aid, roughly $3.8 billion a year – expected to be supplemented by additional assistance through US Congress – up from $3 billion per year previously.

The Atlantic in an article titled, “Why Does the United States Give So Much Money to Israel?,” attempted to explain the reasoning behind the otherwise unreasonable and unprecedented assistance by claiming:

Defenders of the deal would say it’s necessary. Dalton described the uptick in spending as a natural extension of the long-standing relationship between the United States and Israel, “as well as close ties between those countries and their peoples.” She described the “fraught neighborhood” surrounding Israel: war-torn Syria to the northeast, Hezbollah-influenced Lebanon to the north, and an Islamist insurgency in Egypt’s Sinai to the south, all of which help explain the historically high promise of $5 billion in missile funding over the next 10 years.

However, experienced geopolitical analysts will point out that the United States does not have “friends,” “allies,” or “relationships” – only interests and those who serve them. And while the Atlantic attempts to explain the deal as a means of maintaining a “relationship,” it and other publications admit that there are “strings attached.” If examined carefully, these strings reveals just what interests this supposed “relationship” serves.

CNBC would say just that in its article, “Big US military aid package to Israel has strings attached,” claiming:

…it’s structured so that more Israeli defense spending goes to U.S. companies. Israel’s long-standing special arrangement for funds from the United States previously allowed Israel to spend 26 percent of the money in Israel — on Israeli-made defense products. But that provision is being phased out over the first five years of the deal.

In other words, the ten year, $38 billion aid package is first and foremost welfare for US defense contractors, not Israel whose own defense spending adds up to $16 billion per year – dwarfing annual US “aid.” The deal is to encourage further Israeli dependency on America – dependency that lends Washington further leverage over both Israel and the region.

The purpose of aid and those who have arranged it on both the Israeli and American sides of the negotiating table is to continue directing Israel’s domestic and foreign policy to suit America’s interests, not the Israeli people’s. An Israel at peace with its neighbors in a stable Middle East and North Africa is an Israel that negates the supposed need of a US presence in the region. It also negates the need for such extravagant defense spending in both Israel and the United States.

CNBC would also reveal that the new assistance package would include provisions making it difficult for Israel to lobby for additional spending unless war broke out. Considering the track record of various Israeli regimes, does one suppose this is an incentive for Israel to avoid conflict, or actively seek it out?

In every way the aid deal is meant to perpetuate unpopular regimes, unpopular and inhumane policies, as well as perpetuate conflict and human misery. The role the US plays in “stabilizing” the Middle East is revealed instead as a constant conspiracy to overturn it.

US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia – Trifecta of Conflict and Instability 

The only other nation in the Middle East sowing as much conflict and instability as Israel’s current regime is Saudi Arabia. It has flooded Iraq and Syria with militant groups triggering years of devastating war as well as directly launched an extensive air and ground war against neighboring Yemen.

Saudi Arabia – like Israel – is the recipient of extensive US backing. While the US made history by granting Israel unprecedented foreign aid, it sealed with Saudi Arabia recently an equally historic and unprecedented weapons deal amounting to some $60 billion – a single deal significantly larger than the 10 year aid package the US is providing Israel.

Israel’s Haaretz would report in its article, “U.S. Announces $60b Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia, Says ‘Israel Doesn’t Object’,” that:

The United States plans to sell up to $60 billion worth of military aircraft to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday in a move designed to shore up a region overshadowed by Iran. 

Andrew Shapiro, the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, told a news conference the U.S. administration did not anticipate any objections to the sale from Israel, traditionally wary of arms sales to nearby Arab countries. 

Indeed, Israel does not object to US weapon deals with Saudi Arabia. Despite feigned adversity between the two regimes, the governments of Israel and Saudi Arabia work in tandem toward a singular regional vision with very few points of contention and with the common denominator being the way each nation’s role enhances their joint sponsor – the United States – and its hegemony over the region.

It is then not surprising to see US-funded Israeli forces defending Saudi subsidized terrorists on the Golan Heights coordinating violence against Syrian forces throughout the destructive, ongoing Syrian conflict.

Unlike Saudi Arabia, which does not exist as a functioning legitimate nation-state beyond its petrodollars and its US-backed military power, Israel does possess the economic infrastructure and human capital to transition into a functioning, independent nation-state – if only its population can overcome the engineered strategy of tension that has ensnared it for decades and the regime behind it.

The United States’ $38 billion is to ensure that regime remains in power for another 10 years, the strategy of tension continues to play out, and the Israeli people, as well as their neighbors are denied any opportunity to live in peace and move forward in progress for another decade to come.

Rather than underwriting Israel’s security for the next decade, the US is ensuring Israel struggles under another 10 years of uncertainty, perpetually impending war, all while its regime continues to partner with neighboring regimes – including Saudi Arabia and Turkey – to undermine regional stability and further threaten the future of the Israeli people and the survival of the Israeli nation.

The Israeli regime’s signing of yet another compromising, dependency-inducing aid package with the United States is proof once again that Israel’s own government constitutes the Israeli nation’s worst enemy.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.

Before the USA-NATO Sponsored Dirty War, Syria was an Oasis of Civilization, a Secular Pluralist Nation

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By Mark Taliano

Global Research, September 25, 2016

Syria’s victory will be everyone’s victory

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Before the externally-orchestrated dirty war on Syria started with the externally-orchestrated “Arab Spring” psy op; before the “peaceful protestors” shot the unarmed Syrian security forces; and before the West armed, trained and funded the international mercenary cannibals who loot, rape, and plunder; Syria was an oasis of civilization surrounded by imperial puppet states.

Syria was prosperous, with a growing economy (link). It had food sovereignty, with a “strategic” stock of millions of tons of high quality wheat , not the “Franken-food” bio-tech variety; it had a strong central bank with no usurious IMF loans; it had a popular, reformer President; it had a mostly well-educated, secular, pluralist, forward-looking population; and it was the fourth safest country in the world.

After almost six years of illegal war launched by some of the most militarily advanced countries, and years of illegal sanctions imposed by these same criminal governments – including Canada’s puppet government – Syria is still standing strong. It still has a popular, elected President and government.  And it is still a beacon of civilization.

Despite the collective punishment of sanctions and the terror of war, Syrians remain defiant. Arabi Shaher exemplified this defiance when he said,” Do whatever you like, this is our country; it will remain our country.” He, like many Syrians, sees through the lies.  And his appraisal of the root cause of the war is openly shared by many Syrians: Israel.

Israel and its allies “benefit” from a balkanized and destroyed Syria. Even conflicting pipeline interests are subordinated by Israel’s perceived needs as presaged by the Oded Yinon plan.   Syrians commonly report that Israel first and foremost, and its allies, are the number one agents driving the current holocaust. These interests are said to subordinate the “oil” interests. Same in Iraq.

Not surprisingly, Syria, ranked among the top five countries in terms of safety before the war, is now a war zone on about 2,000 fronts, but life goes on for all Syrians.

Despite the Western assaults on Syria, Syria still provides free health care and schooling for all in government –controlled areas, even as terrorists teach children to be “child soldiers”, and to adopt the degenerate Wahhabi ideology that violently excludes all other ideologies and religions.

All of the violence, including the daily exposure to bombings, is currently being “normalized”. Outsiders report that when a mortar bomb strikes nearby, Syrian pedestrians barely notice, and continue on their way. The trauma of the war will present challenges for years to come.

Despite, or maybe because of its challenges, Syria treats all of its inhabitants – regardless of their country of origin – as Syrians.

“Wesam”, a man born to Palestinian refugees, explains that Palestinian refugees have the same rights as Syrians. They can buy a home, they can buy land, and they can legally work in Syria.  In contrast, he explains that Palestinian refugees have no rights in neighbouring Lebanon; they cannot work legally, and they cannot buy a home outside of the refugee camp.

And so life goes on in Syria. The West is doing everything that it can to change this – economic sanctions, mercenary terrorists, bombing grain silos, bombing Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions, disinformation warfare – but it isn’t working.

Damascus, one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, is strong. Observers mistakenly thought that the capital would fall within months, but it hasn’t happened yet, and it is unlikely to happen at all.

Syria has strong institutions, a strong army, and strong allies.  It also has a strong civilizing core. Syria’s victory will be everyone’s victory.

Nahed Hatter Assassinated because he said the Right Word. “This is God … This is his party.”

The Great Jordanian Christian writer and journalist Nahed Hatter assassinated today because he said the right word. This is one of his articles.

“This is God … This is his party.”

My religion is humanity.  My brothers are those who challenge the policy of repression in this world, who say no for subservience to imperialism.

Today, the regime in Jordan, which is complicit with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement, assassinated one of the intellects of the Arabic world, one of those who said “no” to the extremist gangs in the world.  “No” on accepting the wahhabi mentality to control secular Syria, and to control other parts of our region, step by step.

Today, the regime in Jordan martyred freedom of speech, martyred the fight against takfiri terrorists, martyred the love of Syria and of the resistance.

Today, the regime in Jordan martyred Jordanian author and thinker, Nahed Hattar.

Journalist Nahed Hattar was arrested by Jordanian regime authorities on 13 August, under the charge of “inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam.”  Mr. Hattar’s “crime” was that he had shared a caricature to his Facebook account, which humiliated those of “ISIS” who behead innocent people while blaspheming God.  This matter so upset the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, which has a close relationship with the “government.”  This gang demanded the arrest of Mr. Hatter, who was detained  until released under bail, 8 September, until trial.

It mocks terrorists and their concept of God and heaven.  It does not infringe God’s divinity in any way. — Nahed Hatter, after his arrest

The Islamist Brotherhood magazine sent many death threats to Mr. Hattar.  They accused this Christian man of apostasy and threatened that the day to punish such people is close.

This morning, 25 September 2016 was the date of trial, at The Palace of Justice in Amman.  This court is supposed to be a secured place, surrounded by security guards and military police.

Nahed Hattar assassinated outside Jordan Supreme Court

Martyr Nahed Hattar bleeding to death at the steps of Wahhabi Jordan Supreme Court

The Wahhabi takfiri killer, with his full Wahhabi look, the same look as “ISIS fighters,” was waiting for Nahed Hattar.  Yet neither his appearance nor his weapons caught the attention of the Jordanian security surrounding the Palace of Justice. 

Jordanian security must have been all tying their shoelaces when the assassin appeared

Jordanian security must have been simultaneously tying their shoelaces when the assassin appeared

The killer shot four bullets to Nahed’s brain — yes, his brain was his guilt — and three bullets to his body.

The guilt of Nahed was his brain, this brain who was trying to awaken people around the world to stand against terrorist islamist gangs, and to stand with Syria, the beating heart of the Arab world.


This writer’s guilt was his love to the resistance movement in Lebanon, and to the Syrian President Bashar al Assad — our leader who does not shake the hands of Zionists.

I am shy that I defend Damascus only by my pen.  I am shy that I am not there to sacrifice my blood for Damascus, against the barbaric.  I am shy that I am not a martyr as those brave soldiers in Syria.  My weapon is my words to defend Damascus.  — Nahed Hattar

Now, he is a martyr; a martyr of truth.

It was not the caricature cartoon against the perverse ISIS “god” that caused his murder; this was a ridiculous pretext to silence this man for good.  This great intellect of the Christian faith was not insulting Islam.  He was revealing the anti-Islam takfiri mentality of Saudi Wahhabism, the takfiri mentality of the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned by the late Hafez as traitors on the payroll of the west, as haters of Islam.  He was revealing the truth against the so-called “ISIS.”

Nahed Hatter supported the Hezbollah resistance, the Islamic movement that respects all religions and defends churches as well as mosques from terrorists.  He opposed the depraved takfiri way of debasing God.  He was not against Islam.  This Christian secularist writer was assassinated inside the Jordanian court for his standing against takfiri.

What guilt has Jordan:  How many ISIS do you have in your suburbs?

 Let those in the west who support the Saudis wake up.  Let those in the world wake up.

 

Editor’s addenda:

The offending caricature was of a Wahhabi barbarian in his imagined heaven, in bed with women, smoking and asking “god” for wine and cashew nuts.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information has issued a statement holding the “authorities in Jordan” responsible for Mr. Hatter’s assassination:

We bear the authorities in Jordan the responsibility of the extremists assassination of writer Nahed Hatter.  We have warned in an earlier statement against the consequences of the incitement campaign launched by the Jordanian government against Hatter and the fomenting of the religious strife, in the context of escalating pace of repression against freedom of opinion and the attempt to discredit the extremist religious groups.  At this time the authorities didn’t show any care providing an adequate protection for the writer and turned a blind eye to the infidelity campaign launched against him.

al Alam today reports that Mr. Hatter was assassinated because of his positions against Saudi Arabia’s sponsorship of Wahhabi terrorism, and against American policies to destroy the region.  The article includes a previous video interview with Mr. Hatter, who survived an assassination attempt in 1998, for the same malignant reasons.

Jordan, a member of the fascist coalition of 66[6] countries engaged in the war crime of bombing the Syrian Arab Republic, has a very long history of supporting takfiri assassinations, and exporting its petty, drunken criminals such as al Zarqawi, to become “leaders” of al Qaeda. Syrian filmmaker, Moustafa al Akkad was among dozens killed in coordinated al Qaeda  bombings, November 2005.  

During the 11-12 February 2016 Munich Security Conference, Jordan’s Abdullah held behind the scenes meetings with Israel, to discuss further collaboration with Israel, regarding their attempts at a final solution against the Syrian Arab Republic.  The Jordanian regime promotes takfiri ideology, also, in permitting the existence of the Jordanian Tahrir Party, and endorsing it on “state” television.

On 10 September, His Excellency Bashar al Ja’afari, a “proud Muslim,” addressed the Schiller Institute September 11 Memorial Conference.  In his presentation, he explained that “ISIL has been there for centuries,” providing details of the crimes of Saudi promotion of wahhabist ideology and terror.

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إلى روح حتّر..من مقالاته : “هذا هو الله… وهذا هو حزبه”

 اغتيال الكاتب والصحفي المسيحي الكبير الأردني ناهض حتر في الاردن اليوم لأنه قال كلمة حق. وهذه احدى مقالاته.

“هذا هو الله… وهذا هو حزبه”

ناهض حتر-

في عُنقي لكم دَينٌ يا أحبّتي ورفاقي، لأمّهاتكم، لآبائكم، لزوجاتكم، لأبنائكم، لحزبكم العظيم… حزب الله، حزب المسيح ومحمد وعلي والحسين، حزب ماركس وإنغلز ولينين، حزب ميشيل عفلق وأنطون سعادة وفهد، حزب عبد الناصر وحافظ الأسد، القلب المسلّح لحركة التحرر الوطني العربية!

دماؤكم التي سالت وتسيلُ في سوريا، لا تعوَّض، انسانياً ونضالياً؛ فأخجل لأنني لستُ شهيداً، وأخجل لأن بندقيّتي من الكلمات في خندق دمشق، ولأن حبري يسيل ـ لا دمي ـ في صدّ الحملة البربريّة على الشام، لكنّ، في دمائكم، يا رجال الله، الله/ المطلق، يا رجال المطلق، يا مقاتلي المشرق المتحضر التعددي، معنىً تاريخياً لن يفهمه ليبراليو الصهيونية ـ الوهابية؛ فالمعركة واحدة، للتحرر والعدالة والإنسانية، من مارون الراس إلى القصير إلى الجولان إلى القدس.

 في عُنقي لكم دَينٌ. وفي ضلوع وطني المهدّد بالمشاريع الصهيونية، في أزقة بلدتي السلط التي يختزن الإسرائيليون خطة احتلال جبالها، لكم دينُ المقاومة وسابقة التحرير التي أنقذت عقولنا من فوبيا إسرائيل، ووهمِ حتمية الاحتلال والركوع. في عُنقي لكم دَينٌ…

وفي عيني دموع! هل تأذنون بهذه اللحظة من الوجد؟

لي، أيضاً، قلبُ مقاتل. وقد ملأت الجراح جسدي، فما قلتُ آه.. لكنّ دموعي تفرّ شكراً لمَن يقدّمون حيواتهم الغضة، لكي يمكنني أن أكون عربياً.. ومسيحياً شيعياً سنياً علوياً درزياً اسماعيلياً علمانياً، وأعيش كما أريدُ، وعلى هواي، في أرض أجدادي،

شكراً لآبائكم، وهم يقدمون القرابين لكيلا يُذبَح أبنائي على الهوية. شكراً لإيمانكم المخضّب بالشهادة، لكي يمكنني أن أكون ماركسياً ومعارضاً وحالماً وعاشقاً وخاطئاً وعاصياً، وأموتُ، كما يحلو لي، وأنا أعانقُ داليةً سَلْطيةً تحت شمس العروبة، ولا أموت غريباً في أرضٍ باردةٍ غريبة، مهاجراً منفياً.

هذه هي الماركسية في جوهرها، حين لا تضيع بوصلة السياسة والسلاح، ولا تعرف الفوّهات سوى صدور الغزاة، امبرياليينَ وصهاينةً وتكفيريين وعثمانيين.

هذا هو الديالكتيك المشرقيّ بتمامه؛ حين يُستشهَد مؤمنٌ من أجل علماني، هذه هي القومية باكتمالها؛ حين يُستشهَد الفتية اللبنانيون الذين آمنوا وما بدّلوا تبديلاً.. تحت عَلَم الجمهورية العربية السورية. هذا هو الله… وهذا هو حزبُه.

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ناهض حتر قاب قوسين: ناهض حتى رقاب قوسين

ناصر قنديل

– نقاط دمك على حروفنا كما كانت نقاط دم البراهمي وبلعيد.

– نقاط دمك ليست دماء أسالوها كدماء الأضاحي في العيد.

– دمك دين في عروقنا يجري… منك ما نالوا ولا لأن دمك العنيد.

– كما كنت تخجل من ذرف الدمع بدل الدم نحن اليوم دم الضحية.

– كما كتبت عن شهداء المقاومة الذين أتاحوا لك المنبر والحرية..

– نكتب فيك وقد أتحت لنا رؤية حالنا والجلاد حرّ ويلبس ثوب القضية.

– ناهض أنت فينا وبنا تنهض من بين ركامنا كفينيق الرواية.

– ناهض حتى يستقيم الدين، كما وصفته، ويعود إلى أسلافنا لا أسلافهم، كما كنت تقول في الحكاية… وكما تخيّلت الفرق بيننا وبينهم في وصف البداية والنهاية..

– فاجأوك أم فاجأتنا أم فاجأتهم وفاجأونا… نحن في دوار لا يُنهيه تحقيق ولا تجلوه المحاكم… ولا تغيّر فيه دموع التماسيح في عيون حاكم..

– يعلمون أنّ ما قلته في وصف رب الدواعش هو وصف الرسول المصطفى لأرباب قريش التي يصنعونها… من تمر ومتى جاعوا يأكلونها..

– كيف يستوي أن تستعير قوله ويُقتل باسمه من كتب يقول: هذا هو الله وهذا هو حزبه وحزب محمد والمسيح؟

– كيف يستوي أن نشهد موتك وهم يجرؤون على سفكه ويفاخرون بالتوقيع الصريح؟

– ناهض أنت حتى قاب قوسين من النصر..

– ناهض أنت حتى قاب قوسين من حلم العمر..

– ناهض حتى قاب قوسين من حلب..

– ناهض حتى قاب قوسين… أن تستقيم اللغة ويستقيم الأدب..

– ناهض حتى قاب قوسين من إدراكنا أنّ الحرب على الفلسفة واللغة..

– ناهض حتى قاب قوسين من وعينا أنّ الحرب بيننا وبينهم موت وحياة بالحبر والدم سواء دون مبالغة..

– ناهض حتى قاب قوسين… أن تصير بالدم المرافعة

– ناهض حتى قاب قوسين… قد صار دمك الرافعة

– ناهض حتى رقاب قوسين للنصر تعانقا

– ناهض حتى رقاب قوسين للنصر ترافقا

– ناهض حتى رقاب قوسين يصنعان نصراً برمح منطلق

– ناهض حتى رقاب قوسين يكرهان أن يصيرا طوقاً ينغلق

– ناهض حتر قاب قوسين من النصر أنت… فدعنا وإنطلق

– ناهض حتر قاب قوسين من بلوغ مدى الروح في حلب

– ناهض حتر بالحبر كتب… بالدم انكتب

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Russian MoD Presents Radar Data From MH17 Crash Site, Ukraine fascists reluctant to do the same

Russian MoD Presents Radar Data From MH17 Crash Site

A company that produces radiolocation radars and the Russian Defense Ministry are presenting the primary radiolocation data that was gathered in the airspace over the MH17 plane crash, which occurred on July 17, 2014 and claimed the lives of all 298 people on board.

Russia detected a Ukrainian radar near MH17 crash site proving the presence of Kiev’s air defense system, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Satellite data cited by the US and Ukraine could clarify the issue of the missile launch on the Malaysia Airlines aircraft from Kiev-held territory, Igor Konashenkov said.

He said that Kiev withholds data showing the images of MH17 crash on puspose as the flight was controlled by Ukrainikan radars and air defense. Kiev’s refusal to release its radar data suggests that the missile had been launched from Kiev-held territory, Lt. Gen. Konashenkov said. Ukraine should unveil information on the location of its Buk SAM system’s location and air traffic control communication on the day of the MH17 crash in east Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Kiev has both military and civilian information related to the airspace situation near the MH17 crash site.

Russian radar has not detected third-party objects except for two civilian aircraft around MH17 crash site that could have caused its destruction, Almaz-Antey said. Russian radars would have detected a missile that hit Malaysia Airlines plane if it had been launched from the area controlled by the Donbass militia, Konashenkov said. The Russian Defense Minitry said that the MH17 crash investigation is on the wrong track because the missile type and lauinch point are identified incorrectly.

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Damascus Has Audio of Daesh Talks With US Military Before Strike on Syrian Army

Damascus Has Audio of Daesh Talks With US Military Before Strike on Syrian Army 

The Syrian intelligence possesses an audio recording of conversation between Daesh terrorists and US military prior to the Washington-led coalition’s airstrikes on the government troops near Deir ez-Zor on September 17, the speaker of the People’s Council of Syria said Monday.US warplanes hit Syrian government troops near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor on September 17, leaving 62 military personnel killed and a hundred wounded. The Pentagon said initially that the airstrike was a mistake and targeted Daesh militants.

The attack on government positions put to test a US-Russia brokered nationwide ceasefire that came into being in Syria earlier that week. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last Friday it was necessary to separate Daesh terrorists from “moderate” opposition forces in order to salvage the truce. Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, the head of the Syrian parliament, added during her visit to Iran that after the coalition’s airstrikes on the government troops US military directed terrorists’ attack on the Syrian army. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

How US Propaganda Plays in Syrian War

How US Propaganda Plays in Syrian War

EDITOR’S CHOICE | 25.09.2016

How US Propaganda Plays in Syrian War

Rick Sterling is an investigative journalist and member of Syria Solidarity Movement

Manipulation of public perception has risen to a new level with the emergence of powerful social media. Multibillion-dollar corporate giants, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, influence public perceptions, often via payments for “boosting” Facebook posts, paid promotion of Tweets, and biased results from search engines.

Marketing and advertising companies use social media to promote their clients, but so do U.S. foreign policy managers who hire or enlist these companies to influence public perceptions to support U.S. foreign policy goals.

For example, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described making sure that Twitter was primed for street protests in Iran following the 2009 election, ready to spread and manage news of protests following the election and the killing of a young woman, which was blamed on the Iranian government although the circumstances of her death were murky. [Hard Choices hardback, p 423]

The results of similar media manipulation can be seen in the widespread misunderstanding of the conflict in Syria, amid the demonization of the Syrian government and leadership and the skillful use of social media by anti-government activists. Influenced by both mainstream and this alternative media, most people in the West do not know that Bashar al-Assad remains popular with many Syrians. Nor do they realize that Assad won an election two years ago.

There were three contestants in the Syrian presidential election of June 2014. Turnout was 73 percent of the registered voters, with 88 percent voting for Assad. In Beirut, the streets were clogged with tens of thousands of Syrian refugees marching through the city to vote at the Syrian Embassy. Hundreds of Syrian citizens living in the U.S. and other Western countries flew to Syria to vote because Syrian Embassies in Washington and other Western capitals were shut down.

While Secretary of State John Kerry was condemning the Syrian election as a “farce” before it had even happened, a marketing company known as The Syria Campaign waged a campaign to block knowledge of the Syrian election. Along with demonizing President Assad, the company launched a campaign which led to Facebook censoring information about the Syrian election.

Incubating Propaganda

The Syria Campaign was created by a larger company named “Purpose,” which – according to its website – “incubated” The Syria Campaign. The company’s website says, “Purpose creates new movements, brands and organizations from the ground up to address complex global challenges. We apply this experience as movement creators to our work with progressive companies, nonprofits and philanthropies, helping them to put purpose and participation at the heart of what they do.”

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled in the city of Homs, Syria. June 9, 2012. (Photo from the United Nations)

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled in the city of Homs, Syria. June 9, 2012. (Photo from the United Nations)

The major achievement of The Syria Campaign has been the branding and promotion of the “White Helmets,” also known as “Syria Civil Defense,” which began with a British military contractor, James LeMesurier, giving some rescue training to Syrians in Turkey with funding provided by the U.S. and U.K. The group stole this name from the REAL Syria Civil Defense as documented in this recent report from Aleppo.

The “White Helmets” are marketed in the West as civilian volunteers doing rescue work. On Sept. 22, it was announced that the Right Livelihood Award , the so-called “Alternative Nobel Prize,” is being given to the U.S./U.K.-created White Helmets “for their outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian civil war.”

But the White Helmets are largely a propaganda tool promoting Western intervention against Syria. Unlike a legitimate rescue organization such as the Red Cross or Red Crescent, the “White Helmets” only work in areas controlled by the armed opposition. As shown in this video, the White Helmets pick up the bodies of individuals executed by the terrorists; they claim to be unarmed but are not; and they falsely claim to be neutral.

Many of the videos from Al Qaeda/terrorist-dominated areas of Syria have the “White Helmets” logo because the White Helmets work in alliance with these extremist groups as primarily a media marketing tool to raise public support for continuing the support to the armed opposition as well as the demonization of the Syrian government.

The Rights Livelihood press release said the White Helmets “remain outspoken in calling for an end to hostilities in the country.” But that is false, too. The White Helmets actively call for U.S./NATO military intervention through a “No Fly Zone,” which would begin with attacks upon and destruction of government anti-aircraft positions and aircraft.

A Major Act of War

Taking over the skies above another country is an act of war that would require a major U.S. military operation, according to senior American generals.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

The New York Times reported that in 2012 General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the White House that imposing a no-fly zone in Syria would require up to 70,000 American servicemen to destroy Syria’s antiaircraft system and then impose round-the-clock control over Syrian airspace.

General Carter Ham, former commander of the U.S. Africa Command who oversaw the aerial attacks on Libya in 2011, said on CBS News that “I worry sometimes that, when people say ‘impose a no-fly zone,’ there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It’s extraordinarily difficult. …

“It first entails — we should make no bones about it. It first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses and those people who are manning those systems. And then it entails destroying the Syrian air force, preferably on the ground, in the air if necessary. This is a violent combat action that results in lots of casualties and increased risk to our own personnel.”

In other words, an appeal for a “no-fly zone” is not a call for a non-violent solution. It is seeking a bloody act of war by the United States against Syria, a nation that poses no threat to America. It also would almost surely be carried out in violation of international law since a United Nations Security Council resolution would face vetoes from Russia and probably China.

Also, the White Helmets have never criticized or called for the end of funding to extremist organizations including Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate. On the contrary, White Helmets are generally embedded with this organization which is defined as “terrorist” by even the U.S., which is likely why the head of the White Helmets, Raed Saleh, was denied entry to the U.S.

The foreign and marketing company origins of the White Helmets were exposed over 1½ years ago – and since then, writer Vanessa Beeley has revealed the organization in more depth in articles such as “Who Are the White Helmets?” and “War by Way of Deception.”

Despite these exposés, understanding of the White Helmets is limited, with many liberal and progressive people uncritically accepting the propaganda and misinformation about Syria. Much of the progressive media has effectively blocked or censored critical examinations amid a flood of propaganda about “barrel bombs” dropped by the “brutal dictator” and his “regime.”

In the last week, Netflix started showing a 40-minute documentary movie about the “White Helmets” that amounts to a promotional video. A substantial portion of it takes place in Turkey where we see trainees in hotel rooms making impassioned phone calls to inquire about their families in Syria.

The “family values” theme is evident throughout, a good marketing angle. The political message of the video is also clear: after a bombing attack, “It’s the Russians …. they say they are fighting ISIS but they are targeting civilians.”

The movie includes video previously promoted by the White Helmets such as the “Miracle Baby” rescue, an incident that may or may not have been staged. The video includes self-promoting proclamations such as “You are real heroes.” While no doubt there are some real rescues in the midst of war, many of the videos purporting to show the heroes at work have an unrealistic and contrived look to them as revealed here.

Tricking Progressives

“Alternative media” in the West has echoed mainstream media regarding the Syria conflict. The result is that many progressive individuals and groups are confused or worse. For example, the activist group CodePink recently issued a media release promoting the Netflix White Helmets propaganda video.

U.S.-backed Syrian

U.S.-backed Syrian “moderate” rebels smile as they prepare to behead a 12-year-old boy (left), whose severed head is held aloft triumphantly in a later part of the video. [Screenshot from the YouTube video]

The White Helmets video is produced by Grain Media and Violet Films/Ultra-Violet Consulting, which advertises itself as a marketing corporation specializing in social media management, grant writing, crowd building and campaign implementation. The only question is who paid them to produce this video.

There is growing resistance to this manipulation and deception. In response to a petition to give the Nobel Peace Prize to the White Helmets, there is a counter petition at Change.org. Following the Right Livelihood Awards’ announcement, there will soon be a petition demanding retraction of the award to the White Helmets.

The story of the White Helmets is principally a “feel good” hoax to manipulate public perception about the conflict in Syria and continue the drive for “regime change.” That’s why big money was paid to “Purpose” to “incubate” The Syria Campaign to brand and promote the White Helmets using Facebook, Twitter, etc. That’s why more big money was paid to create a self-promotional documentary.

The judges at Rights Livelihood were probably influenced by the documentary since critical examination of facts around Syria is so rare. It’s a sad commentary on the media. As veteran war correspondent Stephen Kinzer recently wrote, “Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press.”

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Watch Samantha Power defend Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria during her Security Council speech

Watch Samantha Power defend Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria during her Security Council speech

The internationally recognized, legitimate government of Syria is on the verge of freeing Aleppo from ISIS and Al Nusra. This would be a decisive blow to the US/Saudi/Qatar plan to overthrow Assad, and would constitute a near final nail in the coffin of Obama’s disastrous regime change policy in Syria.

As defeat of Al Qaeda and ISIS in Aleppo nears, the US government, and its controlled main stream media is on a propaganda information war offensive of unprecedented nature, directed at discrediting Russia.

Yesterday The Duran reported that Russia has called the US’s bluff on Syria, and with no other option aside from all out war with Russia, America has resigned itself to information warfare, that Russia and Syria will surely brush aside.

It is this US awareness of its own impotence as its Jihadi proteges in Aleppo face total defeat which accounts for all the angry rhetoric and cranking up of atrocity stories we have been seeing over the last week.  These have now culminated  in some typically furious denunciations of Russia by US ambassador Samantha Power on Sunday’s 25th September 2016 at the UN Security Council, over the course of which she actually accused Russia of “barbarism”.

Make no mistake about it, the Syrian army (with support from Russia and Iran) are close to a military victory in Aleppo. The simple fact that Power has given the below speech of lies and hypocrisy during an emergency UN Security Council session, is a clear indication that Al Qaeda is close to defeat, and ISIS is about to be crushed…and this crushes Power, and her neo-liberal/neocon gods of war.

 

The hypocrisy in Power’s speech is laughable as it is predictable. Listening to Power is listening to diplomacy at its worst.

Here are a few selected lines delivered from a US diplomat, who is seeing her ISIS fueled war go up in smoke, and our corrections to the inaccuracies stated.

“Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war.”

Let us fix this statement for Power: “Instead of pursuing peace, The US and its ISIS/Al Qaeda jihadists make war.”

“White Helmets are first responders.”

We refer Power to the “White Helmets Hoax” post on The Duran. White Helmets is definitely not a first responder. Think of White Helmets as Al Qaeda PR in Syria.

“A month ago the world was shocked by the dazed stare of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, as he sat at the back of an ambulance as his home was bombed. He was rescued by White Helmets.”

Is Power referring to the infamous picture taken by photojournalist Mahmoud Raslan who, aside from being associated with White Helmets, is connected to Al Nusra / Al Qaeda, and was part of the band of “moderates” who beheaded a Palestinian boy days before snapping the Aleppo boy photos.

“Russia has consistently said one thing and done the other.”

Let us fix this statement for Power: “The United States has consistently said one thing and done the other.”

Like saying for over eight months that they would seperate “moderate” rebels from jihadists…we are still waiting.

Russia on the other had has been nothing but consistent. It was invited by the UN internationally recognized, legitimate government of Syria (unlike the US), and has stated time and again that it sees no difference between America’s shades of terrorists, and will do what it must to keep Syria in one piece, without a black flag over damascus. 

“A political transition is the only way to end this conflict.”

No there is a military solution, and after Syria and Russia exhausted all diplomatic options, the military option is now about to be played to its finality. That option involves US backed Al Qaeda and ISIS losing.

“You cannot carry out a massive military offensive and say you are for peace. That might work on Russia Today. But it doesn’t work when the world has reams of evidence proving what Russia is doing.”

When a large, internationally recognized news outlet reports something other than what the US controlled puppet mainstream media vomits out to the public, then that media organisation must be demonised time and again. RT must be doing something right to have it featured in Power’s UN speech. Perhaps that something is reporting the truth. 

“What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism; it is barbarism.”

No it’s counterterrorism. Russia is going after all terrorists in Syria. Whether those terrorists are ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda “rebranded”.  

Power’s problem is that Russia is going after Power’s terrorists, who invaded and destabilised Syria, and now they are holed up, surrounded in East Aleppo…with no way out, and begging Power to save them from certain death.

“Russia, today will no doubt again accuse the United States of causing all of this chaos.”

Yes, because the US started all this chaos.

Obama’s “Assad must go” mantra, the bombing of Syrian troops in support of ISIS, the US Hellfire missile that took out a UN humanitarian convoy, the arming and funding of moderate rebels who the world knows is double speak for Al Qaeda / Al Nusra, and simply starting this entire war in Syria so as to help Saudi Arabia and Qatar get gas to Europe.

I would say that the US is the number one cause of chaos in Syria. These distinguished peace activists agree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc-RmAVK8Pg

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