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Fri Feb 19, 2016, 07:40 AM

 

The media is misleading the public on Syria

Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why.

For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: “Don’t send your children to school. If you do, we will get the backpack and you will get the coffin.” Then they destroyed factories, hoping that unemployed workers would have no recourse other than to become fighters. They trucked looted machinery to Turkey and sold it.

This month, people in Aleppo have finally seen glimmers of hope. The Syrian army and its allies have been pushing militants out of the city. Last week they reclaimed the main power plant. Regular electricity may soon be restored. The militants’ hold on the city could be ending.

Militants, true to form, are wreaking havoc as they are pushed out of the city by Russian and Syrian Army forces. "Turkish-Saudi backed ‘moderate rebels’ showered the residential neighborhoods of Aleppo with unguided rockets and gas jars,” one Aleppo resident wrote on social media. The Beirut-based analyst Marwa Osma asked, “The Syrian Arab Army, which is led by President Bashar Assad, is the only force on the ground, along with their allies, who are fighting ISIS — so you want to weaken the only system that is fighting ISIS?”

This does not fit with Washington’s narrative. As a result, much of the American press is reporting the opposite of what is actually happening. Many news reports suggest that Aleppo has been a “liberated zone” for three years but is now being pulled back into misery.

Americans are being told that the virtuous course in Syria is to fight the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian partners. We are supposed to hope that a righteous coalition of Americans, Turks, Saudis, Kurds, and the “moderate opposition” will win.

This is convoluted nonsense, but Americans cannot be blamed for believing it. We have almost no real information about the combatants, their goals, or their tactics. Much blame for this lies with our media.

Under intense financial pressure, most American newspapers, magazines, and broadcast networks have drastically reduced their corps of foreign correspondents. Much important news about the world now comes from reporters based in Washington. In that environment, access and credibility depend on acceptance of official paradigms. Reporters who cover Syria check with the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and think tank “experts.” After a spin on that soiled carousel, they feel they have covered all sides of the story. This form of stenography produces the pabulum that passes for news about Syria.


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This is something I have known for years, I have been watching and reading posting from activits from both sides and yes both sides. One side wants Assad gone has ISIS and Al Nursa as their major fighting force and the Other has the Syrian army Hezbollah, Russia and Iranian militia fighting for them. This war on Syria was sold as every American war is sold and that is with a lie that Assad was a monster butchering his own people for no god
dammed reason.

I post these stories not necessarily to convince people that this administration has been wrong from day one for trying to use proxy armies to remove Assad. I post them so in a few years when the truth comes out about our involvement, you won't get to say that you did not know. We now have John Kerry and the UN calling for a ceasefire as the moderate beheaders are about to be defeated and some people are mocking Assad for saying you cannot have a ceasefire agreement with terrorists.

Clip from the early days of Aleppo rebel invasion


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jamzrockz Feb 2016 OP
Nyan Feb 2016 #1
merrily Feb 2016 #2
jamzrockz Feb 2016 #3
merrily Feb 2016 #5
newfie11 Feb 2016 #4
malaise Feb 2016 #6
newfie11 Feb 2016 #9
Marrah_G Feb 2016 #7
karynnj Feb 2016 #8

Response to jamzrockz (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 07:46 AM

1. K & R

It all should have been diplomatically resolved when we had the chance.
Now Turkey and Saudi Arabia are talking about ground invasion in Syria. And what could possibly go wrong with that?

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Response to jamzrockz (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 07:51 AM

2. The media misleads us on a lot It's a propaganda arm of the 1%, not a reliable news source.

I'm not even sure they're telling the truth about Taylor Swift, let alone Syria.

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Response to merrily (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 08:04 AM

3. I don't think

 

they lie all the time even about Syria. I just think they put enough spin on the news to lead their viewers into thinking the enemy Assad is a horrible human being and their rebels are the good guys. Not saying Assad is a saint or anything but then again, I don't think any president is a saint. But what he did at the beginning of the armed insurgency against his government is what I expect any president to do to defend the state against foreign armed revolutionaries.

Imagine calling for a ceasefire while Lincoln was about to take Atlanta? if the civil war was fought that way, the death count would not have been 600k but 1.2 million people. We need to get out of the way and let the war end.

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Response to jamzrockz (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 08:10 AM

5. One difference between Lincoln and Assad, though, is that Lincoln was elected.

And, FWIW, every state had agreed to be a part of the union, unless all other states agreed to secession.

I am sure the situation in Syria is more complex than we are led to believe. However, I also believe that voting is an idea whose time has come. Assad doesn't seem to agree.

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Response to jamzrockz (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 08:09 AM

4. 7 countries in 5 years

Syria is one of them. Our government/pentagon has made a disaster out of the Middle East all for oil.
We took a region that was fairly stable ( yes run by dictators) and look at it now.

I Hope those behind this mess enjoy their profits and rot in hell (if there is a hell)!

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 08:32 AM

6. The vast majority of the dictators were

pro-Western - greed and the desire for global domination has only one eventual result - destruction of empire.

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:37 AM

9. I'm thinking the greed was more on our side nt

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Response to jamzrockz (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 09:44 AM

7. I use Vice.com for international conflict news

They seem to be one of the few groups that look at both sides and give a real view of the front lines and what is really happening.

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Response to jamzrockz (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 10:11 AM

8. while I agree that the American public has not been given the truth, he errs as well

He states that Al Nusra was labeled "moderate". In fact, it was called a terrorist AQ group for years by the State Department. In fact, when the US started attacking ISIS, some early attacks were on an al Nusra related group. Note that Kerry has said that ceasefire will not apply to either Al Nusra or ISIS.

I Agree that both the NYT and WP and many key think tanks have all emphasized that Assad is the problem and have ignored the proportion of extremists in the opposition.

I agree that the Obama administration had many pushing to do more to eliminate Assad. But, it is clear that Obama himself has held them back. Even his confimation, Kerry pushed back on the "moderates" showing concern.

I wish that people like this man, who knows what is happening, would help Obama by making his opposition to the US foreign policy establishment more understood. By lumping everyone together, he is not helping.

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