Suspension of disbelief: a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment.
After 4 years of brutal occupation by Western backed terrorists, the ancient city of Aleppo has finally been liberated, thanks to the tireless work of the Syrian Arab Army with support from its Russian allies, and no thanks at all to the US and its partners in crime who have supported the rebels at every turn, whether materially through directly and indirectly supplying them with weapons, or logistically by helping to precisely coordinate strikes on enemy positions and providing air cover.
The Old City of Aleppo was occupied by terrorists in 2012, and some of the most important historical sites of the ancient world looted and destroyed, including the Ommayad Mosque and the ancient soukh which was razed by rebels (contrary to Western media reports which state it was bombed by the Syrian army.) Up to 150 000 Syrians who have been held hostage by rebels in the Old City are finally being reunited with their loved ones. The scenes on the ground are as you would expect.
Of course none of this is being reported by the Western corporate media. “A Complete Meltdown of Humanity: Civilians die in fight for Eastern Aleppo” reports the NY Times. “Death of a revolution: Aleppo’s civilians ‘massacred’ as Assad forces take back city” reports The Independent. “Executions reported in Aleppo as Syrian army closes in” reports CNN. The propaganda is being laid on thick and fast with usual outlets like Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Guardian now accusing the Syrian army of slaughtering civilians en masse. No doubt we will soon be hearing talk of “genocide” and the Bush era R2P (responsibility to protect) doctrine being invoked at the UN level.
As with previous war efforts, reporting in the West has been tightly controlled by governments and intelligence agencies. But where western presstitutes sit in their comfortable office chairs in London and New York obediently parroting “news” handed down from above, eyewitness accounts from civilians and independent citizen journalists tell a very different story. Reporters such as Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley and others have reported fearlessly from the front lines of this conflict since it began. Reputable journalists and academics such as Craig Murray, former British diplomat, and Prof. Tim Anderson have provided informed commentary and scholarly articles, while Wikileaks has produced mountains of evidence substantiating their claims and refuting the mainstream media narrative. A recent press briefing by the US Peace Council Representatives on Syria also makes for essential viewing. For those prepared to engage with disturbing facts rather than comforting fiction, evidence of this ‘dirty war’ is abundant and incontrovertible.
The truth, as any Syrian will tell you, is that that the crisis in Syria is not the result of a ‘civil war’ or ‘popular uprising’, but rather a planned operation by the West and its client states, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, to remodel Syria in the image of Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan – that is, to turn it into a failed state for purposes of resource and rent extraction. The last truly independent Arab country; the last secular democracy in the Middle East; the last socialist Arab republic to champion noble ideas such as free education and healthcare for all its citizens; one of the few remaining countries in the world without any external debt – currently stands as a roadblock to the march of global corporate capitalism and an impediment to neo-colonialism.
The fact that any of this is controversial is worrying in itself. This is a topic which has been written about at great length by journalists and academics far more qualified than myself, and yet even among ‘alternate media’ readership I have encountered constant opposition when expressing honest and fact-based commentary. This speaks at best to a willing suspension of disbelief; at worst to Stockholm Syndrome on a global scale.
The West now acknowledges that the disastrous war in Iraq led directly to the rise of ISIS, and leaked documents show that Western powers have directly and indirectly supported this terrorist group with the objective of isolating the Syrian ‘regime’ and establishing a Salafist principality, i.e., an actual Islamic State in the Levant.
Recent polling shows that 60% of Britons will never forgive Tony Blair for the Iraq War, while just 8% think he did nothing wrong. In 10 years time the same will doubtless be said of Syria. Of course 10 years will be too late for the millions of Syrians who will die if the West decides on a path of “humanitarian intervention”.
The only thing which can positively sway this outcome at the present time is a massive change in public opinion. It therefore falls on all of us to reject the blatant and hollow lies of the mainstream corporate media and demand truthful, factual reporting. Additionally, it goes without saying that those who identify as left-leaning in their politics have a moral duty always to oppose war. With the US congress currently debating a bill which will legitimise the supply of arms to terrorist groups, there has never been a more important time to make our voices heard.