December 29, 2016

Fairy tales for popular consumption.

The timing of this ["humanitarian" website Avaaz] petition is eloquent. It comes exactly when the Syrian government is pushing to end the war by reconquering the eastern part of Aleppo. It is part of the massive current propaganda campaign to reduce public consciousness of the Syrian war to two factors: child victims and humanitarian aid.

In this view, the rebels disappear. So do all their foreign backers, the Saudi money, the Wahhabi fanatics, the ISIS recruits from all over the world, the U.S. arms and French support. The war is only about the strange whim of a “dictator”, who amuses himself by bombing helpless children and blocking humanitarian aid. This view reduces the five-year war in Syria to the situation as it was portrayed in Libya, to justify the no-fly zone: nothing but a wicked dictator bombing his own people.

For the public that likes to consume world events in fairy tale form, this all fits together. . . .

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The job of Avaaz is to get public opinion to oppose this military operation, by portraying it as nothing but a joint Russian-Syrian effort to murder civilians, especially children.[1]

One hundred years after the start of the appalling bloodletting in WWI our reckless and arrogant neocon establishment are willing to propagate lies and distortions about one of the most pointless wars of our times. Fortunately, it's contained in a single Middle Eastern country that, incidentally, poses no threat to the U.S. or Europe whatsoever.

Whatever the reason for U.S. prosecution of this strange war that has us allied with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, al-Qaida and ISIS, for the love of God, it is a deep dark secret that won't be shared with the American people any time soon.

[1] "Destroying Syria: a Joint Criminal Enterprise." By Diana Johnstone, CounterPunch, 10/4/16.

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