Once again, unnamed sources and al-Qaeda in White Helmets are claiming that either the Syrian or Russian air force are responsible for deaths of civilians, this time an alleged 22 children in Idlib province.
Once again, American claims need no actual proof and defy damning satellite imagery contradicting the accusations.
Once again, the hypocrisy not only of American exceptionalism but also of the United Nations is staggering.
Regarding unsubstantiated accusations of an attack on what Western and White Helmets spokespeople are claiming was an airstrike on a school complex in Hass, Idlib, on October 26, UNICEF cried “war crimes”. With supreme audacity, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake further claimed that this “airstrike” may be “the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago.”
Perhaps Lake was otherwise distracted when on October 1, 2014, terrorists car and suicide bombed the Akrama Al-Makhzoumi School in Homs, killing at least 41 children by conservative estimates, or up to 48 children by other reports, along with women and other civilians.
Even when different phoneticisations of the Arabic name are searched, no similar statement of condemnation and anguish for the children murdered at the Akrama school bombings can be found on UNICEF’s website, even prior to Lake.
Nor can any mention be found of documented recent terrorist shelling attacks on schools in greater, government-secured Aleppo.
Nor can any mention be found of the terrorist shelling of That al-Nitaqain elementary school in Dara’a on October 11, which in early reports had killed at least 5 students and critically-injured others.
Western-backed terrorists have a history of attacking schools throughout Syria; the lives of these students seemingly don’t matter to the UN body purporting to be concerned for the lives of children around the world.
In actual fact, the UN is covering up the war crimes of terrorists the West backs.
Absurdities of West’s Latest Claims
Western officials and slavish media are reporting “almost two dozen children” killed in an “airstrike” on the Idlib schools, relying on the usual sources completely lacking in credibility: the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, run by Rami Abdul Rahman in his UK shop-office; unnamed activists; and the so-called White Helmets, funded to the tune of up to US$ 100 million by Western governments and operating solely in al-Nusra areas of Syria, and frequently seen holding guns themselves, as well as standing on the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers.
Aside from the issue of these dodgy sources, the claims themselves of Russian or Syrian airstrikes have very easily and quickly been debunked not only by the Russian Ministry of Defence with its satellite imagery of the area, but also by the exercise of common sense based on the photos presented as “evidence” by said dubious sources.
Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov in a statement said:
“As can be seen from the photos taken by the drone, there are no signs of damage to the roof of the school, or craters from airstrikes around it.
We have analysed the photo and video ‘evidence’ of the supposed attack. The video published in a range of Western media outlets appears to consist of more than 10 different shots, filmed at different times of the day, and in different resolutions that were edited into a single clip.
The photograph published by AFP shows that only one wall of the school is damaged, and all the desks inside the classroom are in place. The outer fence seen through the hole has no traces of damage from bomb fragments. In a genuine airstrike this is physically impossible – the furniture would have been swept away by the blast wave, and there would have been damage marks on the classroom wall and the outer fence.”
This is an analysis with which former Pentagon official Michael Maloof concurred, saying:
“I’ve reviewed the photos and the Defence Minister is absolutely correct. If it was an airstrike, the roofs would have been blown off, also you would have found collateral damage in other buildings that were in the area. I also looked to see if there might have been an explosion that was near the buildings, then bursting out because some of the walls were blown out. But none of the roofs were affected, and there was nothing on the ground that reflected that.”
Later in his commentary, Maloof noted that had there been an airstrike, “All those buildings in that area would have been blown to smithereens.”
No Western Crocodile Tears for Terrorist-Murdered and Maimed Children
On October 28, 2016, RT reporter Murad Gazdiev reported from Aleppo on the latest attacks by Western-backed terrorists on a school in the city. At the time of the report, at least six children were reported killed by a Hell Cannon-fired gas canister bomb which struck a school in Ḩadaiq al-Andalus. From an Aleppo hospital, Gazdiev reported:
“The rebels launched the rocket at 10 in the morning. Seconds later it hit the National School of Aleppo… Three of the children died on the spot…. blood and pieces of them sprayed on the walls.
The victims, six children, ranged in age from 2 to 12. In some cases, doctors weren’t sure if they’d put the right body parts with the correct bodies.
Three of the dead children were siblings: two brothers and a sister. Their father was beyond consolation. His mental stability had been torn apart.”
This statement was given over footage of a devastated father kissing the corpses of his children.
“Screaming, crying, shaking parents and relatives thronged the corridors and entrance of Aleppo University Hospital.
What’s sadder is that this was nothing new, it was expected. A day does not pass in Aleppo without rebel shells falling on the city, and after every such tragedy it is only a matter of time before it happens again.”
On October 13, 2016, Press TV reported on another terrorist attack on an Aleppo school:
“Shells fired by foreign-backed terrorists in Aleppo have hit a school in a government-held area of Syria’s second city, killing at least four children. State news agency SANA said the “terrorist attack” on Thursday hit the school in the al-Suleimaniya area in western Aleppo.”
These two recent examples of terrorists’ targeting of schools, and specifically of children, are but a few of a tragically-long list of documented terrorist attacks.
In spite of this documentation and the fact that with every attack Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, pens detailed letters outlining the latest crimes and raises the matters in UN Security Council sessions, the UN and their lackeys remain deadly silent on the crimes of Western-backed terrorists against Syrian children.
This is the absurdity of the world today: Syrians and their allies are fighting the terrorism which America created and supports; American-backed terrorists are murdering Syrian civilians, including children; and the UN is whitewashing these crimes and pointing the blame for fictional attacks at Syria and Russia.
The United Nations, the world body theoretically in existence to prevent suffering, is in fact enabling terrorist war crimes in Syria.
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