Propaganda for Syrian ‘Regime Change’

Neocons and liberal hawks have poured millions of dollars into propaganda to justify “regime change” in Syria and are now desperate to keep the war going until President Hillary Clinton gets a chance to escalate, as Rick Sterling describes.

By Rick Sterling

Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.

An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a United Nations Security Council Session on the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York on Jan. 31, 2012. [State Department Photo]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a United Nations Security Council Session on the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York on Jan. 31, 2012. [State Department Photo]

In early August, Dennis Ross and Andrew Tabler opined in The New York Times about “The Case for (Finally) Bombing Assad”. Dennis Ross is a favorite Clintonite. In her book Hard Choices, Clinton described how she asked Dennis Ross to come to the State Department to “work on Iran and regional issues.”

New York Times regular Nicholas Kristof made his own pitch for war against Syria. According to the self-styled humanitarian, we need “safe zones” as proposed by Clintonite Madeline Albright and retired General James Cartwright. That is risky, Kristof said, but “the risks of doing nothing in Syria are even greater.”

PBS broadcast a story titled “Repeatedly targeted by airstrikes, Syrian doctors feel abandoned.” The story features video from the “White Helmets” along with photos from the reported April bombing of Al Quds Hospital. Currently there is a huge media campaign around the situation in Aleppo. Syrian American doctor Zaher Sahloul, of the Syrian American Medical Society, has been interviewed extensively on mainstream media as well as DemocracyNow with widespread promotion in Truthout and other sites.

There has been lots of publicity around a letter to President Obama, supposedly written by 15 doctors in East Aleppo. The letter ends “We need your action.” The flow and wording of the letter suggests it may have been composed by a marketing company and there has been no verification of the doctors who supposedly signed it.

The letter was likely written by a paid Syria War propagandist or Washington lobby firm. Read the letter here and judge for yourself. For contrast watch this interview with a real Syrian doctor not mouthing propaganda from K Street in Washington D.C.

An online Change petition asks German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama to “save the people of Aleppo.” The publicly funded Holocaust Memorial Museum has promoted the video #SaveSyria. One of the producers of the video is The Syria Campaign which is the marketing organization which branded the pervasive “White Helmets,” as documented in “Seven Steps of Highly Effective Manipulators”.

In parallel with this media campaign, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has introduced HR5732 the “Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act of 2016.” The resolution calls for escalating economic/financial pressure on Syria and “Assessment of potential effectiveness of and requirements for the establishment of safe zones or a no fly zone in Syria”.

Dr. Sahloul, the Syrian American Medical Society doctor / spokesperson, says that Obama’s legacy will be defined by whether or not he attacks Syria to impose a “no fly zone.”  It seems unlikely that Obama would do that at the end of his term. Instead, the goal is to prepare the public for the new war to begin after Hillary Clinton becomes President.

Falsehoods and Lies of Omission 

In his article ““The media are misleading the public on Syria” author Stephen Kinzer recently wrote, “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.”

Here a few facts about Aleppo which contradict the mainstream media narrative:

–At least 85 percent of Aleppo’s population is in government-controlled areas.

–The estimate of 300,000 civilians in rebel/terrorist-controlled east Aleppo is likely a gross exaggeration. In spring 2015, Martin Chulov of the Guardian visited the area and estimated there were 40,000.

Journalist James Foley shortly before he was executed by an Islamic State operative, known as Jihadi John and identified as Mohammed Emwazi, the target of a drone attack that the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

Journalist James Foley shortly before he was executed by an Islamic State operative, known as Jihadi John.

–While there are very few doctors serving in the opposition-controlled Aleppo, there are thousands of doctors working in the government-controlled area.

–The dominant rebel-terrorist group in Aleppo is the Syrian version of Al Qaeda.

–The armed groups who invaded Aleppo have been unpopular from the beginning. In the fall of 2012, journalist James Foley wrote: “Aleppo, a city of about 3 million people, was once the financial heart of Syria. As it continues to deteriorate, many civilians here are losing patience with the increasingly violent and unrecognizable opposition — one that is hampered by infighting and a lack of structure, and deeply infiltrated by both foreign fighters and terrorist groups.” (Foley was later captured by Syrian rebels and executed by the Islamic State on Aug. 19, 2014.)

–The rebel-terrorists launch dozens and sometimes hundreds of mortars daily into the government-controlled areas causing huge casualties. Western media ignores this destruction and loss of life.

–The much publicized April bombing of the supposed Medecins sans Frontieres-supported “Al Quds Hospital” in Aleppo was full of contradictions and discrepancies. These were highlighted in an Open Letter to MSF. To this date, MSF has not provided corroborating information.

–Much of the video purporting to show bombing effects in Aleppo are stamped with the “White Helmets” logo. White Helmets is a creation of the U.S. and U.K. and primarily a propaganda tool. The claims they are Syrian, independent and non-partisan are all false.

–Much of the information about Syria comes from “activists” trained and paid by the U.S. In her book  Hard Choices, Secretary Clinton says the U.S. provided “training for more than a thousand (Syrian) activists, students, and independent journalists” (p464, hardback version). Obviously they are not independent and their reports should be carefully checked.

–In contrast with the ambiguous situation at “Al Quds Hospital”, consider what happened to Aleppo’s “Al Kindi Hospital.” Take three minutes to view the suicide bombing of Al Kindi Hospital. Take two minutes to view what the “rebels” did to Syrian soldiers who had been guarding the hospital.

–Like NBC correspondent Richard Engels’s fake kidnapping and the contrived CNN reports by “Syrian Danny,” the Aug. 21, 2013 chemical attack in Ghouta has been essentially shown to have been a staged event intended to force a U.S. attack on the Syrian government by making it appear that President Bashar al-Assad had crossed President Obama’s “red line.”

–The latest propaganda tool being used to promote U.S. aggression against Syria is the photograph of little Omran in the orange ambulance seat. The video comes from the Aleppo Media Center, or AMC. Like the White Helmets, AMC is a U.S. creation.

The photo of Omran has been widely accepted without scrutiny. The insightful Moon of Alabama has raised serious questions about the media sensation. Brad Hoff has documented that the main photographer, Mahmoud Raslan, is an ally of the Nour al Din al Zenki rebel terrorists who beheaded a young Palestinian Syrian a few weeks ago, confirmed step by step in this short video. Another good short video exposing the propaganda around #Syrianboy is here.

Why the Burst of Propaganda?

The Syrian crisis is at a critical point with the prospect that the rebel/terrorists will collapse.  If they are crushed or expelled, it would allow hundreds of thousands of displaced Aleppans to return home as soon as services are restored. This would also allow the Syrian army and allies to focus on attacking the Islamic State in the east and rebel/terrorist groups remaining in Idlib, Hama, the outskirts of Damascus and the south.

Map of Syria, showing Golan Heights in the lower left corner.

Map of Syria, showing Golan Heights in the lower left corner.

Until the last year, fanatics and mercenaries were traveling from all parts of the globe into Syria via Turkey. Tens of thousands went to Syria from Southeast Asia, China, Russia, North Africa, Europe and North America. They were given carte blanche to depart their home countries, arrive in Turkey and be guided into Syria.

For example, young Canadians such as Damien Clairmont went and died in Syria. His mother has courageously exposed the fact that Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) knew about his plans yet did nothing to stop him.

Progressive Muslim leaders demanded the government identify and start dealing with the radical recruiters. It was evidently the policy of the cynically named “Friends of Syria” to “look the other way” as their citizens were being brainwashed and then recruited to become terrorists attacking Syria.

Now, with terrorist blowback in Western Europe, the United States and Turkey, these same “Friends” are feeling consequences from their policies. Terror attacks in Britain, France, Belgium and the U.S. have ended – or at least disrupted – the policy of collusion with Wahhabi terrorists.

In the last year, security services have started arresting recruiters and new recruits. In Britain, a long-time promoter of ISIS has been convicted. In Belgium, the court has approved the extradition of a suspected French terrorist. Previously, Belgium was the Western country with the highest per capita number of citizens joining the terrorist fight in Syria. And now Turkey has started arresting people en route to join ISIS in Syria.

Since the rebel/terrorists invaded Aleppo in 2012, they have had a constant pipeline bringing weapons, fighters and supplies into the city. For the past few months the Syrian army has been on the verge of encircling and closing the access routes into rebel terrorist sections of east Aleppo.

Western media and governments, which support the rebel/terrorists, are doing all they can to delay or prevent this closure. They are trying to stall or prevent a Syrian government victory until someone more hawkish than Barack Obama is in the White House.

Driving the Conflict

Regional forces supporting the war on Syria include Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Israel has always been deeply involved, contrary to the faulty analysis of some observers. Israel has provided medical and military support to Nusra/Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups operating near the Golan Heights. Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was explicit: “Israel has wanted Assad ousted since Syria war began.” Oren has said Israel favors that outcome even if it means a victory by Al Qaeda or other Sunni extremists.

Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States.

Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States.

The U.S. and Western powers are also deeply involved. Working with Saudi Arabia and through Turkey, the U.S. has supplied huge quantities of weapons to the rebel/terrorists. Sophisticated weaponry totaling 994 TONS was provided last winter as documented here.

On the other side, Iran and Hezbollah are committed to defending the existing Syrian government. They know that if the Syrian government falls, they will be the next ones under attack.

Russia also sees this as a crucial conflict. The U.S. has expanded NATO up to the Russian western border, promoted the 2014 Ukraine coup, and insisted on economic sanctions against Russia. Syria is Russia’s only Arab ally and hosts Russia’s only foreign naval base. Russia probably sees this conflict as a crucial for its own future. In another sign of resistance to U.S. global hegemony, China has indicated it wishes to expand military cooperation with Syria.

Following the U.S. lead, Canada, Australia and West European countries have supported the “regime change” effort despite it being in clear violation of the U.N. Charter and international law.

Despite five years of tragedy and destruction, the U.S. continues trying to overthrow or destroy the Syrian government. This is not a new U.S. objective. In 2005, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed Syrian President Assad and said to him “Mr. President, you know the rhetoric of regime change is headed towards you from the United States….They’re talking about isolating you diplomatically and, perhaps, a coup d’etat or your regime crumbling. What are you thinking about that?”

Amanpour is not only a CNN host, she is the wife of neocon Clintonite James Rubin.

In 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Syria to stop its support of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, “loosen” its alliance with Iran and sign a treaty with Israel. Significantly, these are Israel’s demands and of much higher importance to the Zionist state than the U.S.

The war in Syria is bringing numerous conflicts to a head: sectarian Wahhabism vs. humanitarian Islam; the “New American Century” with one superpower vs. a multilateral world; Zionist dominance and occupation vs. Lebanese and Palestinian resistance.

Hillary Clinton is on record criticizing the decision to not bomb Syria in late summer 2013 after the sarin gas attack outside Damascus. She has continued to promote the idea of a “no fly zone.” She is an avowed Zionist who has said she wants to take the U.S.-Israeli relationship to the “next level.”

Zionist Israel is deeply worried by the prospect of a strengthened Syria and Lebanese resistance. In addition, there are many Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Syria and Lebanon. They retain their wish to return home in keeping with international law. Just as Zionist Israeli interests were a major factor in the invasion of Iraq, so they are in continuing the conflict in Syria. In addition, neocons have not given up their goal of a “New American Century.”

The Western Left?

The Left has been weak in responding and opposing the aggression against Syria. Major factors have included:

–Saudi and U.S. State Department-funded Muslim groups which support the aggression against Syria. This includes the recently famous Dr. Zaher Sahloul and the Syrian American Medical Society. SAMS and Zahloul are aligned with Saudi Arabia and receive substantial State Department funding.

The controversial map developed by Human Rights Watch and embraced by the New York Times, supposedly showing the flight paths of two missiles from the Aug. 21 Sarin attack intersecting at a Syrian military base.

The controversial map developed by Human Rights Watch and embraced by the New York Times, supposedly showing the flight paths of two missiles from the Aug. 21, 2013 sarin attack intersecting at a Syrian military base. The claims in the map were later disproved because the one missile found to carry sarin (on the right) had a much more limited range..

–Deluded leftist groups which support what they have been told is a people’s “revolution” in Syria, just as happened in Libya.

–The flooding of social media and the Internet by “activists” and Syrian “civil society” groups who are actually paid and trained agents of the West. This is confirmed by Clinton herself in her book Hard Choices.

–Uncritical acceptance of the claims by major non-governmental organizations (or NGOs), which are predominately funded by billionaires. These organizations need to be viewed with some skepticism because of their financial dependence on a few wealthy individuals with personal agendas.

For example, in 1990, Amnesty International mistakenly corroborated the accuracy of the false claim that Iraqi soldiers were stealing incubators from Kuwait, leaving babies to die on the cold floor.

In the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Human Rights Watch, which is heavily funded by currency speculator George Soros, did not oppose the Iraq invasion and implicitly accepted it by only criticizing the lack of preparation. (HRW also promoted what turned out to a bogus story claiming that by “vectoring” the flight paths of two rockets it had proved that the Syrian military fired the sarin gas on Aug. 21, 2013, a claim that later collapsed when aeronautical experts determined that the only rocket found to carry sarin had a much shorter range.)

Physicians for Human Rights, another Soros project, has issued grossly misleading reports on Syria.

–Alternative media, which is progressive on many issues but echoes NPR and mainstream media on critical foreign policy issues including the Syrian conflict.

Some groups including Arab Americans for Syria, Syrian American Forum, Black Agenda Report, Syria Solidarity Movement, Answer and Workers World Party have actively challenged the disinformation but their budgets and influence are relatively small in comparison to the heavily funded organizations pushing for Syrian “regime change.”

Veterans for Peace, one of the most influential and respected peace organizations, has recently sharpened its understanding and position on Syria. Following a recent visit to Syria, the Vice President of Veterans for Peace, Jerry Condon, said, Everything we read about Syria in the U.S. media is wrong. The reality is that the U.S. government is supporting armed extremist groups who are terrorizing the Syrian people and trying to destroy Syria’s secular state.

“In order to hide that ugly reality and push violent regime change, the U.S. is conducting a psychological warfare campaign to demonize Syria’s president, Bashar al Assad. This is a classic tactic that veterans have seen over and over. It is shocking, however, to realize how willingly the media repeat this propaganda, and how many people believe it to be true.” 

What the Future Holds

Neoconservatives, including Clintonites, are pushing hard for a direct U.S. attack on Syria to prevent the collapse of their “regime change” project. Claiming that the U.S. and NATO can bring a “safe zone” and “protect civilians” is a grotesque falsehood. (In Libya in 2011, similar “humanitarian” claims were simply a cover for another “regime change” project that has unleashed more chaos and death across northern Africa.)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confronts Sen. Bernie Sanders in Democratic presidential debate on Jan. 17, 2016.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confronts Sen. Bernie Sanders in Democratic presidential debate on Jan. 17, 2016.

If the U.S. tries to impose a “no fly zone” in Syria, it will result in vastly more deaths and risk escalation into direct conflict involving Syria, Russia, Iran and Israel.

Former Acting CIA director Mike Morell, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, recently suggested the killing of Russians and Iranians in Syria to make them “pay a price.”

There is a clear solution to the Syrian tragedy: the countries who have been supplying tons of weapons and paying tens of thousands of mercenary terrorists should stop. The conflict would soon end. The foreigners would depart with much less fanaticism than what they came with. Many Syrian rebel/terrorists would accept reconciliation.

To create the circumstances for a peaceful settlement, there needs to be a global campaign for peace, but there is much responsibility in the U.S. since our government has become the greatest threat to peace with its insistence on global dominance. Following are some specific ideas that could help:

–Sen. Bernie Sanders raised expectations when he talked about the need stop the “regime change” foreign policy. Now is when he needs to be clear and unequivocal that U.S. military aggression against Syria will make things worse not better and must not happen. Sanders also proved that a progressive policy is popular. If Sanders abandons this core foreign policy position and does not speak out strongly against the drive for aggression, it will be a huge disappointment and failure.

–DemocracyNow and other leading alternative media need to start including different analyses. To a sad extent, their coverage of Syria has echoed NPR and CNN. If DemocracyNow is truly an “Exception to the Rulers,” it needs to start including more critical examinations.

DN producers should be studying publications such as Consortiumnews, Global Research, AntiWar, MoonOfAlabama, Al Masdar News, Al Mayadeen, Counterpunch, DissidentVoice, American Herald Tribune, 21stCenturyWire, Black Agenda Report, the Canary, RT, PressTV and TruePublica (not corporate ProPublica).

They should be bringing the observations and analysis of journalists such as Sharmine Narwani, Edward Dark, Eva Bartlett, Brad Hoff, Vanessa Beeley, Stephen Sahiounie to name just a few. Syrian academics such as Issa Chaer (U.K.) and Nour al Kadri (Canada) could be interviewed. Followers of DN have heard Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and other U.S. officials speaking about Syria countless times. Why have Amy and Juan not interviewed the Syrian Ambassador to the UN?

–This is an opportunity and challenge for Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Green Party. They are clear on this issue. If they can get a mass audience to hear their message, it could be crucial to their winning support and prompting a necessary national debate.

At the moment there is almost no debate on the issue of perpetual war in the Middle East. Instead, the media is filled with propaganda using a boy’s photo to promote more war. The Green Party could play a hugely important role exposing the danger and duplicity of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They could play a key role in blocking the Clintonite march to a new war.

–Veterans for Peace could play a leading role in changing the perception and ending the marginalization of the U.S. peace movement.

Rick Sterling is an investigative journalist and member of Syria Solidarity Movement. He can be contacted at rsterling1@gmail.com

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24 comments for “Propaganda for Syrian ‘Regime Change’

  1. Joe Tedesky
    August 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This is one of those articles I wish could be made into a news hour special, but we all know that our MSM won’t let that happen. Instead, we are being prepared for a war with Russia. News segments showing Syrian children suffering from Russian bombs are being heightened to the next level. Over reporting of the Donald Trump presidential run is the new vogue, and we Americans are all consumed with these reports, while being denied coverage of world events. War is in the air, and there is nothing you can do about it.

    • Eileen Kuch
      August 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      I happen to disagree with part of your comment, Joe, and it concerns war with Russia. In case you’re unaware, Donald Trump’s the GOP nominee .. If he’s elected POTUS, he’ll ensure that, instead of a war with Russia, there’ll be a complete reversal, with the US and Russia as allies.
      Yes, Joe, we CAN do something to prevent a war with Russia, and that’s getting Trump into the Oval Office. The vast majority of us aren’t like you, Joe; we’re not without hope .. that is .. not pessimistic and depressed; instead, we’re hopeful and optimistic.

    • Mikhailovich
      August 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      “War is in the air, and there is nothing you can do about it.” – You can vote for Trump.

  2. F. G. Sanford
    August 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Why will Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez never expose Hillary Clinton’s propensity for apocalyptic foreign policy blunders? Because they are the most effective “left gatekeepers” among the faux progressive media outlets operating on behalf of corporate America. If NPR were this good, it would still be taken seriously by the deluded left. Pay close attention to Amy’s giveaway quote, and keep in mind that she is speaking to an eminent man who stood a few feet from the scene of the crime.

    “Your view is not the standard one that there were other assassins”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7hvBeNH5qc

    • Stefan
      August 24, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      In 2013 Amy Goodman of Democracy Later, was cheering on a US attack on Syria.

      • b.grand
        August 24, 2016 at 10:58 pm

        Amy Goodman, Phyllis Bennis and Medea Benjamin heralded the assault on Libya. Why?

        They are indeed “left gatekeepers” — is this intentional, or are they self-righteous dupes?? I’m seriously asking how to explain it. Are they willfully evil, or just stupid?

        • D5-5
          August 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

          I don’t see them as either of these, but seriously challenged by the subject matter they need to keep up with. This might relate to continuing changeover in assistants on their team, plus Amy’s sentimentalism and eye for sensational news, as with police brutality in the black community, which she seems to favor over everything else. I have yet to hear a decent program on background for the middle east, and analysis of US intentions in regime change for Assad. This objective seems accepted uncritically. The best feature of the program is guests such as Tariq Ali and Julian Assange. Otherwise it seems mostly melodrama. Plus repetition in its programming blurbs is annoying.

    • David Smokler
      August 26, 2016 at 9:23 am

      You are correct about Democracy Now. Their unvetted coverage of Syria is a disgrace. They use the sane sources as the corporate media. They never have anyone who is against the regime change project in Syria on their program. They never respond to criticism. Their coverage of Iran, Russia and China is the same.It is as though the U.S. government has drawn a red line on these subjects that they are forbidden to cross. Perhaps it is their political history of anti-communism that is influencing them. Their comments on “real” journalism are a sham and ludicrous when it comes to the real issues of war and peace.

  3. jo6pac
    August 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks RS for the Truth and here’s another site that covers the Truth and calls out the lies. This site can be graphic.

    http://syrianperspective.com/

    Some Great commenters there also and the normal trolls.

  4. D5-5
    August 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This excellent piece is very valuable. I strongly recommend watching the you tube inclusion within this essay at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z_mRysH1vU (you need to bear with the French translation) which presents an entirely different view from a Syrian doctor than what we heard on Democracy Now last week. That interview with Dr. Sahloul was not received critically by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales last week, and poured out non-stop invective at Assad re barrel bombs and attacks on medical facilities. This essay by Rick Sterling is an excellent review, including recommended reliable sources.

  5. August 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Excellent article. I believe we should all be asking: “Are There War Criminals Living In America, Canada, England, Germany, France and other NATO Countries?” See link below for more info.
    http://graysinfo.blogspot.ca/2016/08/are-there-war-criminals-living-in.html

  6. Mark Thomason
    August 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Turkey sees this coming, and may not be on board. Biden is there now to find out. If Turkey refuses, then the Hillary hawks will be unable to do their Syrian war as they plan. They’ll have to attack someone else, somewhere else. No doubt they have a list.

    • Eileen Kuch
      August 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      You’re absolutely right, Mark. Turkey does see this coming and may not be on board. I doubt very much that Joe Biden will be able to change Turkey’s mind; and, so, if Turkey does refuse, as you said, then the Hillary hawks won’t be able to launch their Syrian war as they plan. Instead, they’ll have to attack someone else, somewhere else. No doubt, they have a list of countries to attack.
      As more and more people are beginning to realize, the Hillary hawks are hell-bent on launching a 3rd World War. I thought the Likudniks in Israel were the worst lunatics when it comes to launching WWIII .. looks like the Hildabeast and her enablers are just as loony.

  7. exiled off mainstreet
    August 23, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    This is an excellent piece covering most of the bases on this issue. If the Clintons get their way, how will surviving historians view their world war on behalf of terrorist thugs? It is not only criminal but dangerously stupid. The survivors will also look for scapegoats who brought it on. Survival trumps political correctness, and the reality of fascism is far more threatening than those whom the establishment has projected as being fascist.

    • Eileen Kuch
      August 25, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Unfortunately, there won’t be any surviving historians to record this last World War. First of all, it’ll be a thermonuclear war that will destroy just about all life on the planet; this includes the Clintons, Rothschilds, etc. That’s why Killary Rotten Clinton must NEVER be elected POTUS; she’s a total lunatic/psychopath who’s hell-bent on destroying the world – herself included.
      As you know, only the POTUS has the nuclear code, with which to push the button to launch the ICBMs from their silos. The last thing we’d want would be a psychopath or lunatic with his/her finger on that button. This is why it’s so important that Donald Trump wins in November; at least, he’ll sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin and negotiate a fair trade with Russia and end the hostility between these two countries. Putin trusts Trump; he doesn’t trust Killary .. in fact, he didn’t trust Obama (he still doesn’t). Both Killary and Obama are psychopaths and pathological liars; no wonder, Putin and his allies don’t trust them.

  8. Gregory Herr
    August 23, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    When Mr. Sterling noted that the letter to Obama sounded like something from a marketing company, the incubator story from the run up to the Gulf War came to mind…so I was glad when he brought it up later in the article. The following link provides a good reminder of that heinous episode. The head quotation from Pappy Bush is telling…”We have a new credibility. What we say goes.”

    https://www.antiwar.com/orig/cohen1.html

  9. Peter Loeb
    August 24, 2016 at 7:36 am

    HARD BUT NECESSARY FACTS….

    Many thanks to Rick Sterling for his article “Propaganda for Syrian ‘Regime
    Change’ “. It has been circulated to all I know. It is particularly painful
    to see the video of the beheading of the boy who has been made into
    an internation—and gruesomely false— symbol of the evil of Bashar
    Assad.

    It should be added that B. Assad is no “angel”. There are few angels
    even (gulp) in so-called “civilized” (?) countries.

    It should be recalled that the US is still a member of the
    United Nations. See Nicolas S.B. Davies’ analysis
    of this in his great essay in Consortium of several days ago.

    Be prepared when you view the video of the boy’s beheading
    by the US’s “moderates”. It includes the cutting off of
    the head and the triumphal raising of the severed head

    The letter from Mr. Sterling to the MSF provides interesting
    points. Clearly, these will never be
    acknowledged by those who have gone to such lengths
    to misinform the world.

    —-Peter Loeb, Boston, MA, USA

  10. Guest
    August 24, 2016 at 10:37 am

    It’s infuriating to see so many otherwise progressive people fall for U.S. Government and MSM propaganda, which demonizes Syria. Apparently regime change is only a bad policy when the occupant of the White House has an “R” following his name.

  11. jaycee
    August 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Attempting to challenge the propaganda apparatus using facts is a worthy endeavour, but will produce limited results. The propaganda campaign does not rely on facts, it is based on triggering other responses (i.e. emotions). The fact that the United States is operating in Syria in tacit alliance with al-Qaeda receives little or no comment, even as Obama and Clinton insist that the 2002 AUMF – which directs that the War On Terror be focussed on al-Qaeda – remains the sole legal justification for their continuing regime-change operations. That is an astonishing triumph in controlling the narrative that sober, rational analysis cannot match.

    The weak point in this overt meddling is that the full-pronged approach – using military forces, huge arms transfers, and a second army of NGOs – is extremely expensive and it is all coming on the American taxpayer’s dime using deficit financing. The paltry response to the flooding in Louisiana compared to the unlimited monies available to military-led intervention across the globe is case in point to expose the warped priorities. A way to upend the white hat/black hat narrative is to refocus the dialogue.

    • Jeff Davis
      August 26, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Very thoughtful reply to a very thoughtful article.

  12. richard young
    August 25, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Excellent article. I would just add that our (US) Government — with the enthusiastic support of the Washington Post, the NY Times and most other major US media — have long been doing precisely the same thing against the Venezuelan government and other progressive governments south of the Rio Grande. As a daily reader of (mostly right-wing) on-line newspapers in Latin America and Brazil, I have witnessed the relentless lies about and demonization of the several progressive governments as to which our Government has sought — and in several instances achieved — forcible “regime change” during the past 15 years (Venezuela once, Haiti twice, Honduras once were the successful forcible coups, with other forcible attempts in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela [again] — plus “soft” legislative [phony impeachment] coups in Paraguay and [currently] in Brazil.) Unfortunately US progressives are so little interested and/or informed about Latin America that they carelessly swallow the false propaganda that our Government and our media occasionally bother to feed them about our neighbors to the south. To that extent, we have the Government we deserve.

  13. Dieter Heymann
    August 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    If it is correct that Israel prefers AlQaeda and other extremist over Assad that is somewhat puzzling. Assad has never tried to get the Golan Heights back by force. You can bet that AQ and Daesh will. Perhaps that is the plan to allow Israeli tanks to drive to Damascus.

  14. August 25, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Great article, Rick. I am sorry, however, that you left out the US Peace Council from your list of organizations that have come under fire for supporting Syria. US Peace Council has published an excellent statement on Syria written .last year and spent a year negotiating our Fact Finding Peace Delegation to Syria and we have stood up to our disgruntled cohorts. I’m sure not including them was an oversight but it was an unfortunate one at this time.

  15. August 28, 2016 at 5:24 am

    The US government does nothing other than cause problems around the world and then lie about it. Look what they have created in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and not Syria (just to name 4). It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle these moral reprobates are on, they are all the same. https://waitforthedownfall.wordpress.com/get-bashar-al-assad/

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