We have seen this story before. The tears, the shocking images, the horrible description of children suffering at the hands of a “brutal” dictator gone to far.
The justification for a “humanitarian intervention”. The “good guys” coming to the rescue.
They bring democracy and neo-liberal economic prosperity…all delivered on patriot and tomahawk missiles.
The thankful crowds hand out flowers to soldiers.
The image of the boy in Aleppo is heartbreaking for sure…but we need to examine the image, its photographer, and the entire “virality” of the image in the context of a Hillary presidency, and a sure to be all out US invasion of Syria.
The Duran’s P.T. Carlo published a piece that properly questions the narrative around the “boy in Aleppo” photo.
The viral photo of a Syrian Boy covered in dust and blood is the start of this propaganda push. The image is almost perfectly crafted to elicit the most powerful emotions from those who view it, who after all does not feel sympathy for an innocent child caught in the midst of the carnage of a brutal civil war? Such sensational images are particularly effective when shown to American audiences, who are not only inherently sentimental but also profoundly ignorant about the rest of the world.
Most Americans are at least vaguely aware that there is a civil war going on in Syria, but they would be hard pressed to pick Bashar Al Assad out of a police lineup. This combination of sentimentality and ignorance is the perfect soil for NeoLiberal propagandists to plant the poisonous seeds of Jingoistic rage in.
Juxtapose this to The Duran’s Alexander Mercouris’ excellent analysis of an Aleppo about to return to the internationally recognized government of Assad, and we begin to see that the timing of this entire story is no accident.
Reports from the fighting on the southwestern approaches to the city suggest that the Syrian army may be close to recapturing the ‘Aleppo artillery base’ thereby confirming the failure of the rebel counteroffensive in Aleppo.
The media is scrambling to lay the foundations for a Hillary humanitarian bombing, before Assad regains control of his nation and foils a brutal regime change operation, 5 years in the works.
We have CNN’s Kate Bolduan crying as she reports on the story of Omran Daqneesh.
Russian command has not let this latest propaganda stunt go unnoticed without a proper rebuttal based on facts and physics.
Igor Konashinkov, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, commenting on the reports on Friday the 19th of the present month,”We ensured more than once that war jets belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria do not target militant positions in inhabited regions and this includes Al-Qaterjy neighborhood which western media sources mentioned.”
“In fact, the aforementioned neighborhood overlooks two humanitarian passages that were opened in the course of the Russian humanitarian campaign to secure safe exit of civilians.”
Konashinkov added that the type of destruction that appears in the videos of Omran’s rescue, including the state of the nearby building with the unharmed windows, proves that the destruction was not the result of an airstrike, but that of a shell or gas canister knowing that jihadists use the inaccurate gas canisters in abundance in their shelling operations.
We have seen this type of wartime propaganda before…
Nayirah al-Ṣabaḥ (Arabic: نيره الصباح), called “Nurse Nayirah” in the media, was a fifteen-year-old Kuwaiti girl, who alleged that she had witnessed the murder of infant children by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait, in verbal testimony to the U.S. Congress, in the run up to the 1991 Gulf War. Her testimony, which was regarded as credible at the time, has since come to be regarded as wartime propaganda. The public relations firm Hill & Knowlton, which was in the employ of Citizens for a Free Kuwait, had arranged the testimony. Nayirah’s testimony was widely publicized. Hill & Knowlton, which had filmed the hearing, sent out a video news release to Medialink, a firm which served about 700 television stations in the United States. That night, portions of the testimony aired on ABC’s Nightline and NBC Nightly News reaching an estimated audience between 35 and 53 million Americans. Seven senators cited Nayirah’s testimony in their speeches backing the use of force. President George Bush repeated the story at least ten times in the following weeks.
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