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10:38 am, October 2nd, 2016 - 89 comments
Categories: International, making shit up, Media, Syria, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, war - Tags: crap media, propaganda, syria, White Helmets
Today’s front page of the Guardian (UK edition) carries a headline on Syria where, yet again, allegations are reported as facts, and yet another video from the White Helmets’ is propagated.
This time we are to be moved and outraged as a medic and a ‘Syrian Civil Defence’ volunteer weep while attending to the head wound of a one month old baby saved from the rubble of a four storey apartment building that was bombed by Assad forces. At least, that’s their story.
Two hours they’ve been working to save this baby’s life and yet…the baby’s bright green/yellow baby suit looks like it just came out of the wash: there is no blood on the medic who has been working on a head injury and the video ends with the baby doing that baby grizzle thing being carried through a throng of people to be placed on a polythene covered mattress.
I guess most people are expected to uncritically accept the tears of the White Helmet guy as real, interpret the presence of a face mask as proof that the guy with the sponge is indeed a medic and be blind to the glaring cleanliness of a jump suit that has been in rubble for however long.
Then, from witnessing this barbarity of the Assad regime, those same people might be expected to dutifully take their place in the line of a war dance mambo.
It’s a formula that seems to have worked so far.
On the other side of the dance floor, we have some people actually trying to get to the bottom of some footage coming from Syria (first video) and (second video) further questions being asked about the provenance of the Nobel Peace prize nominated White Helmets.
If this post comes across as partial to your way of thinking, then maybe the far more measured press conference given by a delegation of the US Peace Council at UN HQ in New York will be much more your cup of tea. The basic take home message is the same.