All The Shit That’s Fit to Print against Syria and Russia

All The Shit That’s Fit to Print against Syria and Russia, by Jeremy Salt.

Corporate media propaganda against Syria is an avalanche that never seems to end. Government policy and media policy are now melded into a single policy of support for ‘the opposition’ and unceasing hostility towards ‘the regime’ and all those who have come to its aid, especially Russia.

The hysteria in the US over alleged and completely unproven Russian interference in the US elections is now reaching the point of open confrontation with Russia. Britain has climbed aboard with its alleged and unproven accusation of official Russian involvement in the nerve weapon poisoning of a washed-up former spy, whom Russia could have no conceivable interest in eliminating.

Syria sits at the epicentre of this global campaign of fear, hatred and menace. For most of the past seven years the overthrow of the government in Damascus has been the central objective of the governments masquerading as the ‘friends’ of the Syrian people. But since Russian intervention with air support in 2015 ‘regime change’ has given way to the determination to stop Russia in its tracks. The motivation is entirely negative. Russia cannot be allowed to win in Syria or anywhere else and towards this end any lie can be told and any distortion of the news allowed. …

The recent find of a chemical weapons factory used by the West’s “allies” has gone completely unreported. Why?

This has just been exposed again in the refusal of the media to report the discovery of a Jaish al Islam chemicals weapon factory in East Ghouta. Allegations of chemical weapons attacks by the ‘regime’ have been made intermittently ever since the launching of the war on Syria in 2011. Not one has been substantiated. All the evidence points in the other direction. …

After Barack Obama declared his ‘red line’ in 2013 they strove hard to push him across it, their attacks throughout 2013 (including Khan al Assal and Adra in March) culminating in the atrocity committed on the outskirts of Damascus in August. The ‘regime’ was blamed and Obama came close to launching a military attack on Syria before being persuaded by intelligence agencies that the evidence was not there and that the US was being led into a trap by a ‘false flag’ operation. …

Objectively, the US and its allies are defending the people they are theoretically committed to destroying, the takfiri groups, ideologically no different from the Islamic State and still holding positions despite the advances of the Syrian army. They are effectively the front-line troops for western governments and their gulf allies, their true nature concealed by misleading references to the ‘opposition’ and ‘rebels.’ They are now on the point of defeat in East Ghouta, and hence the rising crescendo of attacks on the Syrian ‘regime’ and the threat by the US of direct military intervention. …

Moving into the East Ghouta village of Al Shiffuniyya in the past few days, the Syrian army found a chemical weapons factory abandoned by Jaish al Islam. …

Foreign reporters were present in East Ghouta to report on the opening of the ‘humanitarian corridor.’ None seemed to have responded to the Syrian government’s invitation to visit Al Shiffunia. Sharmine Narwani went and duly reported on what she saw in the factory, as well as the  lush crops being grown outside in what is  supposed to be a food-starved region under siege: Sharmine Narwani, Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett, with their reporting and commentary, have completely exposed the fraudulent nature of mainstream ‘reporting’ on the crisis in Syria.

The list of corporate media outlets which completely ignored this hard evidence of the manufacture of chemical weapons included the following, in no particular order, according to a survey of their internet sites: Al Jazeera, Washington Post, the New York Times, the BBC, the Guardian, the ABC network (the US) and the ABC (Australia), CNN, CBC (Canada) and the Daily Telegraph (London).  …

The problem is not the media’s lack of capacity to get through to the truth but rather its disinterest in the truth, in favour of government policies based on lies and deception. What it gets out of this arrangement only proprietors and editors would know, not journalists who need their jobs and may well disagree with the editorial line. In the past seven years the media has seized on anything that might damage the Syrian government or alternately promote the interests of the ‘rebels.’