This happens routinely. You’ll be skimming an article, only paying half attention, when suddenly you see something that makes you think, “Bullshit!”
Just now I glanced at an article in the Washington Post about the Obama’s proxy war against Syria, which has killed 400,000 people, and has reduced countless other people to refugees.
Every time the Empire causes new tragedies, the Empire uses those tragedies to justify its creation of still more tragedies.
For instance, when the Empire murders children, the Empire uses a photo of the child victims to say, “The Syrian government did it! That’s why we must continue the war!”
An example is the famous photo of the boy-in-the-ambulance.
The rescue of 5-year old Omran Daqneesh, pulled from the rubble of his bombed-out Aleppo, Syria, was broadcast around the world, dominating front pages and drawing tears from television anchors.
Thank you Obama. (And Israel, and Turkey, and Europe, and the Gulf oil sheikhdoms, and everyone else who sustains the proxy war against Syria.)
“This is Omran,” CNN’s Kate Bolduan said Thursday, her voice breaking as she introduced the footage. “He’s alive. We wanted you to know.”
How sweet. It would be even sweeter if Obama ended the proxy war that creates such scenes.
The corporate media outlets say that an explosion destroyed the boy’s house and buried him in rubble. We don’t know who caused the explosion. Therefore let’s blame it on Putin.
On Saturday, activists said, Omran’s 10-year-old brother, Ali, died from wounds sustained in the same airstrike, launched by forces allied to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
There’s the “bullshit” moment. By “activists” the Washington Post means Rami Abdulrahman, a lone blogger who lives in a tiny house in Coventry England, and calls himself the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.” Mr. Abdulrahman has spewed propaganda against the Syrian government for the last five years. The Washington Post calls this individual a “Britain-based monitoring group.”
It was not immediately clear whether Ali’s death had been counted in the 168 civilians that the observatory claimed had been killed by Russian or regime airstrikes.
“Empathy and outrage must be matched by action,” said UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake in a statement late Friday. “Children of Omran’s age in Syria have known nothing but the horror of this war waged by adults. We all should demand that those same adults bring an end to the nightmare.”
Agreed. Let’s end the proxy war.
Of course, by “end the nightmare” the Washington Post means that NATO must bomb Syria to rubble like NATO did Libya. Hillary has vowed to launch such a bombing campaign as soon as Wall Street installs her in the White House.
While the Assad regime is now propped up by the funding and military might of Iran and Russia, rebel opposition groups of varying ideologies are supported by the United States, Turkey and Persian Gulf states.
Explain to me again why the U.S. government is arming, funding, and training “rebel opposition groups” mercenary terrorists.
By the way, the photo of the boy in the ambulance was taken by Mahmoud Raslan, who had earlier posted photos of himself with the U.S.-backed “Zenki” terrorist group. On 19 July 2016, the “Zenkis” abducted a wounded 12-year-old Palestinian boy from northern Aleppo and hacked off his head. The boy’s name was Abdullah Tayseer Issa. Mr. Raslan helped to film the beheading, and was wearing the same shirt on both occasions. The Empire is now praising Raslan for his “boy-in-the-ambulance” photo.
CHANGE OF TOPIC
John Pilger notes that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague has cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of alleged war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.
In 1999, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine (“price was worth it”) Albright gave Milosevic an ultimatum. If Milosevic did not submit to the imposition of a neo-liberal “free market,” and to having his country (Serbia) occupied by foreign soldiers whose crimes would be “outside the legal process,” then NATO would start bombing.
When Milosevic refused, the western media vilified him as the “butcher of the Balkans” who ordered a “genocide,” especially in the secessionist Yugoslav province of Kosovo. David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], claimed that Milocevic’s forces murdered many “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59.”
It was all lies, as the Hague now admits.
Bill Clinton and Tony Blair used the lies to justify the bombing, which killed hundreds of civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, parks and television studios.
Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in the Hague, during a bogus trial by an American-invented “international tribunal.” Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened, but it was kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.
Now with Milosevic, Gaddafi, and Chavez dead, the new Demon Number One is Putin.
When the Panama Papers leak was published, the front page of many newspapers showed a picture of Putin, even though Putin was not mentioned anywhere in the leaks.
The Western media outlets claim (with no proof) that on 17 July 2014 Putin ordered the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine (298 people murdered) .
It was Putin’s “aggression” that supposedly caused Washington’s overthrow of the elected government in Kiev in 2014.
It was Putin’s “aggression” that supposedly caused the subsequent terror campaign by militias against the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine.
It was Putin’s “aggression” that prevented Crimea from becoming a NATO missile base, and protected the mostly Russian population who had voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia.
Meanwhile Obama continues his endless wars.
I wonder if there is life after death, and if so, will it entail any justice?
Anyway the video of Obama’s “moderates” beheading that Palestinian boy is here…
Or if you prefer an non-blurred version, you can go here. If there is a heaven, I hope that boy is there now.