As War Propaganda Implodes, Calls for Syria Intervention Grow

By:  Alex Newman
06/13/2012
       
As War Propaganda Implodes, Calls for Syria Intervention Grow

 In an effort to manufacture the perception of public support for “regime change” and an international war on Syria, Western officials and Arab dictatorships responsible for fomenting much of the bloodshed are spewing lies about the al-Assad dictatorship almost as quickly as the propaganda can be discredited. And like in Libya, in the crossfire suffering and dying are innocent civilians: children, Christians, minorities, and women.

In an effort to manufacture the perception of public support for “regime change” and an international war on Syria, Western officials and Arab dictatorships responsible for fomenting much of the bloodshed are spewing lies about the al-Assad dictatorship almost as quickly as the propaganda can be discredited. And like in Libya, in the crossfire suffering and dying are innocent civilians: children, Christians, minorities, and women.

The latest piece of the pro-war deception to crumble surrounds a massacre of women and children in the town of Houla. Citing dubious “sources” such as anonymous opposition fighters and bogus eyewitnesses, the international media promptly blamed the savage killing spree on supporters of the Syrian regime. Western governments — with zero credible evidence — seized on the questionable claims to expel Syria’s diplomats and renew calls for another Libya-style “humanitarian” war.

All along, witnesses and much of the alternative press warned that the claims were blatant lies. Syrian officials, meanwhile, blamed foreign-backed terrorists. "What happened in Houla ... and what we described as ugly and abominable massacres, or true monstrosities — even monsters do not perpetrate what we have seen," Assad said in a speech. "The issue is terrorism. We are facing a real war waged from the outside."

As in the run-up to the war on Libya, the Syrian despot’s remarks were quickly dismissed by the establishment press — even though it is a well-known and established fact that Western governments and a motley assortment of Gulf Arab tyrants have been supporting the “opposition” since well before the chaos erupted. And it turned out that Assad, though an extraordinarily ruthless dictator, was actually telling the truth all along. 

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Photo of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on Syrian government to stop civilian massacres: AP Images

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