For the briefest of seconds I thought The Guardian was going to offer up some worthwhile analysis by way of its editorials. I know. I should have known better. (Actually. I did know better. I was just interested to see what jig they’d be dancing)
This morning they ran an editorial pointing out that whereas ‘the west’ had condemned Russian and Syrian airstrikes in eastern suburbs of Aleppo, no-one was saying very much about US airstrikes in Mosul leading to large numbers of civilian deaths.
An honest editorial might have questioned where the equivalent of the White Helmets are in Mosul. Or where Mosul’s very own 8 year old Bana with her live tweet feeds is. Or why there has been no endless stream of “citizen activist” videos calling for an end to war crimes and proclaiming that ‘everyone is going to slaughtered, raped and butchered’ when the siege of Mosul is over.
Granted, that would have involved owning up to their complicity in a sustained propaganda campaign that involved among other things, passing video reports from terrorists onto the western public as more or less impartial human interest stories.
It might have brought into question the genesis and nature of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated and Oscar winning White Helmets. It might have led to uncomfortable questions being asked about why western media reports used Rami Abdul Rahman’s one man band operation that’s based in Coventry – the Syrian Observer of Human Rights – as an impartial and authoritative source of news from Aleppo. It might have required a deeper investigation of the already publicly available information, reported only once in The Guardian back in May 2016, that “Government contractors effectively run a press office for opposition fighters (in Syria) but communications conceal UK’s role.”
It might in short, and only in part, have required shining a light on some quite remarkable double standards being indulged in by western media outlets when reporting on Jihadists depending on which country those Jihadists are fighting in .
Far better and easier to just fire off another broad side at Donald Trump in the hope no-one who bought into the disgraceful litany of lies the media peddled when Aleppo was being liberated bothers to sit back and say “Hey! Just a second.”
Sadly, I’m fairly sure this latest round of bullshit and nonsense will work out just fine for them. And please, don’t ask yourself how it can be that no major media outlet could report from western Aleppo and yet can send reporters to Mosul.
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