Ignore Syria the Movie: And Read Vanessa Beeley on Syria & the ‘White Helmets’…

White Helmets film: Netflix poster

I was trying to actually take a short break from posting for a while; but the sheer level of BS being spewed as international powers desperately seek a renewed premise for military intervention in Syria is stomach turning.

The BS propaganda game is accelerating more every day. On TV, on the radio, in newspapers, we see coverage of the crisis in Aleppo; now accompanied by dire commentary warning that Aleppo is going to be destroyed by the end of the year – and oh, we must do something!

At least they’re now admitting it is only the eastern part of Aleppo and not the whole city. But I heard hours of radio in recent days going on and on about how Aleppo is going to be leveled to dust by the regime before the end of the year, while presenters and commentators talked about our “moral responsibility” to “do something” and about how we had to act “urgently” and “before it’s too late”. Despite a British parliamentary committee just weeks ago publishing a damning report on David Cameron’s mad rush to intervene in Libya in 2011, none of these people seem to remember any of that.

So instead, the multi-pronged propaganda push towards war and intervention is being accelerated on all fronts: the constant propaganda about Aleppo and its victims (with little or no mention of the foreign-backed terror groups that have made their home there), renewed moves in the UN against Russia and the Syrian government for alleged ‘War Crimes’, spurious statements from politicians that ‘had we intervened in 2013, none of this would be happening’, etc, and all of this on the heels of a US attack on Syrian government soldiers (for the sake of ISIS fighters) that the media has completely forgotten about.

Absolutely central to all of this is the ‘heroic, noble, humanitarian’ organisation known as the ‘White Helmets’, whose lionisation across all Western media is serving to re-frame the Syria situation in a way that can re-justify the foreign intervention and forced regime-change: because all the previous narratives, going back to 2011, have already failed to achieve the desired result and have been largely exposed as false.

The terrorist-aligned group called the White Helmets has also already been exposed and debunked; but you wouldn’t know it from mainstream media, which continues to portray the organisation as heroic, selfless humanitarians braving the dangers of war-torn Syria for nothing other than a burning desire to help civilians.

No one has done more to expose the true nature of the White Helmets than independent journalist and peace activist Vanessa Beeley.

Vanessa Beeley, in these comprehensive pieces of investigative journalism (see here and here: the kind of journalism the mainstream newspapers and media no longer engage in) from over a year ago, laid out the origins of the White Helmets, its architects and directors, its sources of funding, and the nature of its operations. I shared these links here before, but it is very much worth doing so again.

The success of the White Helmet and NGO complex propaganda is dependent upon the skewing of our moral compass by using the media and government institutions that are proven experts at “nudging” public opinion towards any particular policy,’ she wrote. ‘If we really want to support Syria in this battle against such a complex array of interventionist forces, we must locate that compass and allow it to point us squarely towards the truth...’

Beeley has continued to expose the White Helmets, along with the rest of the staged propaganda campaign around Aleppo and Syria. Speaking to RT‘s ‘Cross Talk’ programme in recent days, she continues to provide the real picture of the White Helmets and the nature of their activities.



She explains, ‘They are in fact multi-million funded, conservatively speaking, 100 million dollars from the US, 23 million via USAID; from the UK around now 65 million – it was originally 19.7 million pounds and Boris Johnson announced a further 32 million. France is supplying equipment. Denmark, Germany, Holland and even Japan through the international agency in Japan.’

She continues, ‘There is massive video and photographic testimonial evidence from inside Syria to give evidence that they are running a terrorist support group. They provide medical care for the terrorists, they funnel equipment in from Turkey into the terrorist areas… They’ve been filmed participating and facilitating an execution of a civilian in Aleppo. They post celebratory videos to their social media pages of the execution of civilian Arab soldiers. From the testimony from the real Syria Civil Defense across Syria they have also been involved in the taking over of the real Syria Civil Defense units, the stealing of their equipment and the eventual massacres and kidnapping of real Syria Civil Defense crews…’

Aside from countless newspaper pieces and now films glorifying the White Helmets and using their stage-managed productions to sell the world on the evils of the Syrian state and the desperate plight of civilians in Aleppo and elsewhere, the ultimate expression of this farcical campaign was the White Helmets being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Not only did they campaign on their own behalf for the prize to be awarded to them – unheard of in Nobel Prize etiquette – but the media has been heavily campaigning for them too. Here are a few examples.

The Guardian – a paper I used to have a great deal of respect for – outright campaigned for the prize to be awarded to the White Helmets; running an article, literally, with the headline ‘The Guardian View on the Nobel Peace Prize: Give It To the White Helmets’. 

The Telegraph went even further, going with ‘The Nobel Peace Prize must go to the White Helmets – or else’.

The Boston Globe went with ‘Dear Nobel Committee: The White Helmets are Syria’s heroes’.

And so on and so forth; further proof, if any were needed, that real journalism is increasingly rare and, when it comes to Syria, virtually non-existent.

All of this goes hand-in-hand with the Netflix documentary film celebrating the White Helmets; sold as “the story of real-life heroes and impossible hope”. The propaganda film’s tagline is ‘To save one life is to save all of humanity’; which may or may not be a clever attempt to evoke the tagline from Spielberg’s film about the Holocaust, Schindler’s List.



But that would be appropriate, as this has clearly become ‘Syria: The Movie’, with Hollywood style staging, effects and marketing.

Thankfully the White Helmets didn’t receive the Nobel Peace Prize, but it’s still offensive beyond measure that they were even nominated. And what it illustrates is the extent now to which virtually every institution or body of Western politics, from governments and NGO’s to the UN and even the Nobel Committee, has been severely compromised by covert and underhanded agendas and appears to be fully on-board for the destruction of Syria as a nation and society and the forced regime-change end-game and forced partition.

The propaganda value of the White Helmets being awarded the prize – and actually even being nominated – is immense, however, and imparts an extraordinary level of, not just perceived legitimacy, but virtual canonization to the group: they have practically acquired sainthood, as far as Western media is concerned.

The idea of the White Helmets – a group that demonstrably operates hand-in-hand with Al-Qaeda in Syria – being up for the Nobel Peace Prize may seem obscene beyond belief: but actually, from the moment we were championing Al-Qaeda battalions as ‘pro democracy freedom fighters’ in Libya in 2011 and forcing a regime-change on their behalf, it was only a matter of time before this theater of the absurd escalated to prestigious international awards.

If Osama bin Laden had stayed alive just a few years longer, he could’ve been up for the Nobel Prize – it’s a pity he didn’t last long enough.

It is by now well established that the White Helmets are intimately tied to the US-sponsored regime-change program and are integrated more or less inseparably with Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda) and the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ (Muslim Brotherhood).

Beeley and others have exposed numerous instances of the White Helmets’ faked images, videos and social media posts, staged scenes, and moreover the group’s involvement with Saudi-backed terror groups and other militias, including ISIS. Their existence seems to be for the primary purpose of maintaining or escalating demonisation of the Syrian state and providing a renewed pretext for foreign intervention.

And they do, for that matter, have a social media operation and savvy on a par with that of ISIS/Daesh.

 Syrian White Helmets at the Oscars 

The organisation is funded handsomely from Western institutions (initially in the UK), not for the purposes of humanitarian work but for the purposes of both propaganda and of establishing what Vanessa Beeley calls ‘a parallel government in-waiting’. ‘These donors include, the British Government, known US regime change facilitators USAID, and the US and NATO-backed ‘Syrian National Council’,‘ she wrote, ‘a parallel government in-waiting which the west claims represents the Syrian opposition.’

The British Foreign Office has been the largest source of the group’s vast funding, paving the way for the White Helmets to be sold as humanitarians and first responders: despite the fact that the organisation only ever seems to work in jihadist-held areas and has a very selective view of what constitutes ‘civilians’ or ‘casualties’ in Syria: and, in addition to that, despite the fact that – as Beeley explains – the White Helmets have been trying to pose as the real, actual Syrian Civil Defense units, established in Syria for decades (even to the extent of hacking into the real Syrian Civil Defense website and redirecting web users to their own page, as Beeley explains to RT).

Photos and video clips of known White Helmet members, in their identifiable uniforms, have been exposed on numerous occasions, showing them celebrating with Al-Nusra fighters and in some cases also carrying weapons.

 Image showing Syrian White Helmets with Al Qaeda 

But the multi-faceted genius of their existence means that when Syrian regime or Russian airstrikes hit or target locations where the ‘White Helmets’ are (which is, without exception, wherever Al-Nusra or related jihadist groups are operating), the US State Department and the Western media can report it as Syrian/Russian attacks on ‘humanitarian workers’ and first responders.

There’s nothing new in that strategy: it’s simply a 2.0 of the previous strategy of calling armed rebels and jihadists ‘freedom fighters’ in both Libya and Syria so that Gaddafi’s forces and Assad’s forces, respectively, couldn’t attack them without being portrayed as tyrants.

Now we’re simply upgrading to ’emergency services’ and ‘humanitarians’ to make it read as even more deplorable. This strategic use of language is very effective: the majority of people form their impressions primarily on keywords and headlines.

Concerning the central British involvement in creating and funding the organisation, it has never been entirely clear to me whether politicians or MPs who advocate for the White Helmets or for no fly zones or military intervention are deliberately or knowingly in on the game or whether they’re simply very misinformed people.

When I say ‘misinformed’, I mean deliberately misinformed by agencies or sources they are conditioned to trust: while, no doubt, some political figures and officials – especially in Washington – are wholly in on and furthering the covert agenda and some may play ball for career purposes, others (particularly lower level MPs) may simply be guided by bad information and not have the time or the wherewithal to venture too far from their own job descriptions to verify what they’re told or to investigate independently. So they end up just regurgitating misinformation and servicing the agenda, possibly not even aware they’re doing it.

Whether the late Jo Cox was one of these or not is difficult to ascertain: as she seems to have been earnest and sincere in most other aspects of her work, but also seemed to passionately advocate for the White Helmets. But I have belatedly come to acknowledge the possibility that the far-right nutjob who brutally murdered one of the rising stars of British politics in June may have been guided by Deep State actors for the sake of both a propaganda boost and massive funding boost for the White Helmets and the Syria regime-change agenda.

Deep State ops, after all, are often about killing two birds with one stone.


Any real journalism concerning the White Helmets – as also applies to the entire Syria situation – isn’t available in mainstream media or newspapers.

‘The White Helmets were established in March 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, and is headed by James Le Mesurier, a British “security” specialist and ‘ex’ British military intelligence officer with an impressive track record in some of the most dubious NATO intervention theatres…’, Vanessa Beeley wrote on her blog in 2015, in an article titled ‘White Helmets: War By Way of Deception’. ‘Le Mesurier is a product of Britain’s elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and has also been placed in a series of high-profile pasts at the United Nations, European Union, and U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office...’

She continued, ‘The origins of The White Helmet’s initial $300k seed funding is a little hazy, reports are contradictory but subsequent information leads us to conclude that the UK, US and Syrian opposition [Syrian National Council] are connected. Logistical support has been provided by given by Turkish elite natural disaster response team, AKUT… A further $13 million was poured into the White Helmet coffers during 2013 and this is where it gets interesting. Early reports suggest that these “donations” came from the US, UK and SNC with the previously explored connections to George Soros in the US…

In a follow-up article titled ‘White Helmets: If It Looks Like an Executioner’, she concludedThe NGO ‘soft power complex’ is now one of the most destructive global forces. It is employed as an interface between civilians of a target nation, with government, economic or military structures of the colonialist force intent on harnessing any given nation’s resources or undermining its geopolitical influence. The Democratization process, or the path to regime change is facilitated by these undercover government or corporate proxy employees who, once embedded into a society, set about producing the propaganda that will justify intervention, either economically, politically or militarily…’

In this article from June, she also warns of the likelihood that the White Helmets operation, if successful, will likely be a template for further geopolitical deceptions beyond Syria. ‘If this latest mechanised ‘NGO’ blueprint is successful then we could see it being re-deployed as key to future neo-colonialist projects. The White Helmets are a direct intra-venus line into the terrorist enclaves within Syria, acting as a conduit for information, equipment and medical support to maintain the US NATO forces…’

All of this is of course immensely important, because the White Helmets are now the main propaganda tool that international anti-Syria plotters are clinging to in order to salvage the Military Intervention Card and finally accomplish regime-change after several years now of failure.

And this is all going to be played out in amplified terms between now and the end of the year, as there is now desperation to stop the Syrian state from fully reclaiming Aleppo, ending the war and restoring all of Syria as a sovereign, independent nation.


Read Vanessa Beeley’s articles: ‘The White Helmets: War By Way of Deception, Part I‘, ‘The White Helmets: War By Way of Deception, Part II

Read all of Vanessa Beeley’s articles on The Wall Will Fall.

Read all Syria posts.


S. Awan

Independent journalist. Pariah. Believer in human rights, human dignity and liberty. Musician. Substandard Jedi. All-round failure. And future ghost.


  1. http://www.voltairenet.org/article194864.html

    A « Humanitarian NGO» deprives 5.6 million civilians of water

    The Jihadists, who since 24 December 2016 have been polluting the sources of Barada — the river which provides the water supply for the inhabitants (now totalling more than 7 million) of Damascus and the region, – and that have exploded its canalization, have published a declaration laying down their conditions.
    Currently, 5.6 million civilians have been completely cut off from running water for more than two weeks. The authorities have managed to harness lorries with tanks to supply the population, once or twice a fortnight, with non-potable water, at the rate of 50 litres per family. In addition to the containers that they could fill for washing themselves and their washing up, the inhabitants have to buy mineral water to consume drinking water.
    Under the « Declaration of Barada », the jihadists will not allow engineers to clean and restore the sources of Barada unless the Arab Syrian Army and the Hezbollah stop fighting (that is, if the Arab Syrian Republic surrenders).
    In a letter addressed to the Security Council, Syria has denounced the planning of this operation by the powers that support and arm the jihadists. The Document features seven jihadist signatory groups and one of these is the « White Helmets », called « the Syrian Civil Defense ». This « humanitarian NGO » (sic) has been created and is led by an MI6 officer, James Le Mesurier, who had been elevated by Queen Elizabeth, in 2016, to the position of Officer of the British Empire. This organization floods the media with shocking images meant to prove “the crimes of the regime”. It has often been demonstrated that the images are no more than the acting out of pure propaganda.
    Testimony has been delivered on the participation of this « Humanitarian NGO ». The Russian Minister of Defense has described it as« close to Al-Qaeda ».
    The White Helmets are funded by Germany, Denmark, the United States, France, Japan, Holland and the United Kingdom.
    On 19 October, the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Marc Ayrault, and the President of Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly, Elisabeth Guigou received at the Elysee, a delegation of White Helmets including the Chair of the “Civil” committee of Aleppo (sic) the self-proclaimed «Mayor of Aleppo» (re-sic), Hagi Hasan Brita. Look foto here:
    France had presented to no avail, the candidature of the White Helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    In international law, depriving civilians of water is considered a war crime.

    • Thanks Henry. The whole thing – from start to finish – is a war crime.

  2. Pointless to speculate on what could have been? We must focus on the Spiritual and Material realities as they are TODAY.
    All we can do as individuals is develop the power of the word within us, and learn to use them effectively at a higher level than from just our natural selfish, self-centred ways and motivations.

    We can see the powers of this world are heading for a major conflict, and like Jonah in the Whale, everyone wants to get away from talking about it. Who wants to be a buzzkill? That attitude won’t stop the seemingly inexorable march to War and self-destruction.

    ISIS destroyed the Islamic Mosque containing the Tomb of Jonah in Nineveh just 2 years ago. Certainly that is a physical “sign” for this material world, possible destruction is on the horizon. The US and Russia have 23,000 nukes between them, enough to actualize the Bible’s record of a Judgment by Fire at the End of the Age. We can only do what we can do, and not worry about the rest. But at least do something.

    I sent this message to the Pope’s Ambassadors to CanaDa and France just Today.


    It was 40 years ago, on September 13, 1976, THE KANSAS CITY TIMES published this Vision of the Future, ““He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November to do God’s bidding: To tell the world, from Kansas City, this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered […] He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. “The gold dome is the symbol of Babylon,” he said.”…………….He wanted to bring to the Public’s attention an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a war with Russia.”

    The World couldn’t see that in 1976, but surely can in these TIMES. The Future is NOW!
    The Trump campaign is Trumpeting the same Vision, in other words.
    With WAR or PEACE the most important issue facing the US and this World, the issue of sex in lewd terms dominate the election discussion. That is truly deplorable.


    The last words in my article ‘ THE IMPERIAL POPE’ are these, “With no fixed Day for the election of a Pope, I was particularly pleased to see the new Pope was elected on March 13, 2013, having been associated with that number for a long time. With the benefit of hindsight, the video of Francis of Assisi before the Pope in 1210, embedded in this article 2 years before his election, fills me with wonder and anticipation as he emulates the example of the original Francis.


    As the World War on Syria continues, Francis still has a platform or Bully Pulpit and he has been silent on this WWIII-Armageddon shaping up in this MATERIAL world.

    Blessed are the Peace Makers, for they shall be called the Children of God Christ says TODAY. ‘Shall be’ implies Future tense, as the War Makers are in ascendancy.

    Who are they? There is no excuse for ignorance as we were warned to Watch with the Revelation of the unfolding details in this MATERIAL World Day by Day.

    And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(false beliefs about God in Judaism, Christianity & Islam. written some 500 years before Islam, the 3rd arm of the Jewish religious record appeared)

    For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth (the 1%, Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs, and other Idols of the People) and of the whole world, (the rest of Humanity) to gather them to the battle of that Great Day of God Almighty. (the war is already underway between Judaism, Christianity and Islam leading to the climax of that Great Day)
    Behold, I come as a thief. (when you least expect it)
    Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
    And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
    Revelation 16:13-16

    Armageddon was derived from Har Megiddo, located in Judea and Samaria of occupied Palestine 2000 years ago. Israel as a kingdom disappeared some 800 years before Jesus walked in that area during the occupation.

    Har Megiddo/Armageddon still exists as a physical place in this material world, but is now under the control of temporal Israel re-created from the Bible after an absence of some 2800 years. After all those years, the occupation of Judea and Samaria in Palestine is still an unresolved, violent, open wound in the Middle East and this material world.



  3. So glad I followed a link from another site to here. You have a new follower

    Observing from CanaDa the state of the world is deplorable!
    In all the years I’ve been watching US Presidential elections since Eisenhower in the 50s, the choice seems to be between BAD or WORSE!

    I’m feeling the rage building inside watching our corrupt MSM just parroting the Official Line with no Journalistic Investigation or Integrity and politicians bought and sold by big money.

    Things haven’t changed much since the Prophet wrote this 2600 years ago. He could have been talking about Washington, any State Capital, or any other National Capital in this world TODAY:
    How is the faithful city become a harlot! it was full of Judgment; Righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
    Your silver is become dross, your wine mixed with water:
    Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doe the cause of the widow come unto them.

    I comment often in THE WASHINGTON POST and against the subtle incitement to war in the slant of the opinion pieces. They still project it is a civil war in Syria, when the fact so many Nations and their proxies are stirring the pot, it is WWIII-Armageddon heating up.


    • Thanks very much, Ray. I’m not so good with scriptural references these days: is that passage from Jeremiah?
      Your long memory of Presidential races would make for a fascinating article or cross-analysis. I’d be curious how you would characterise this Hillary/Trump race as compared to, say, the Nixon/Kennedy race?

      • The scriptures are from the 1st chapter of Isaiah.

        While I think Trump is saying some things that have to be said, he says other things I think are very dangerous. His only announced policy I have seen he will do is give more tax breaks to billionaires like himself AND spend more money on the Military is unattainable. The Social-Economic Pyramid system would collapse.

        Sadly, I think while Clinton is more experienced and nuanced, I think she’s like Victoria Nuland that facilitated the Coup d’Etat in Ukraine that I see as justifiable reason for Russia to react the way it did. Both Trump and Clinton will serve the MIC.

        Unfortunately, I see this election as a choice between BAD or WORSE.

        • Agreed. But there’s no solution, except to postpone or cancel the election – which is, in essence, just as bad as ending up with either candidate.
          Do you think the entire thing would play out vastly differently if Sanders had won the Democratic nomination?

  4. Great article…I have also where possible posted Vanessa’s articles into comments as well as putting people right when they’ve been hailing the white helmets as some angelic rescuers against the evil Assad government….it pains me greatly that our Uk government are seriously misinformed or complicit in the destruction of syria and its people. I find it hard to listen and watch the total outright lies spewing from the western media in all of its myriad forms…..Vanessa is for all her hard work a beacon in the psychopathic darkness of our time …

  5. Neste mundo aflito de desgraças por parte da elite global,onde milhares de pessoas inocentes estão sendo maltratadas e mortas por causa da ganância e vareza dos governos aliados da ONU.
    Esta NWO está sendo implantada com a força do poder TC e PC;com a definição de exterminarem a Síria,Líbia e aos demais países anti-democráticos que não aceitam a ideologia dos EUA LGBTQI.

    Portanto muitos inocentes estão sendo vitimas das maldades dos magistrados do conselho geral da Onu,onde eles preparam todo o senário para os holocaustos no mundo usado a mentira que vão combaterem a guerra contra os terroristas que eles chamam de ditadores;e que é o contrário;quem não aceitar a democracia estes são os terroristas.

    E os verdadeiros terroristas estão agora neste momento bombardeando na síria em Alepo,matando crianças,mulheres e homens civis inocentes:E os Capacetes Brancos salva vidas vestidos de lobos atores contratados pela Netfix;para fazerem um filme na vida real do sofrimento do povo Sírio.Conclusão:Eua e seus aliados verdadeiros terroristas juntamente com a elite globalizada.

  6. Thank you. Your endorsement is hugely appreciated, not only for me but for all those, including yourself who worked to expose this propaganda apparatus and shadow state building enterprise that ensures the collective and perpetual suffering of the Syrian people.

  7. I noticed an increase in the number of posts by people on facebook promoting the white helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize…so to balance out the propaganda I started posting links to Vanessa’s articles in the comments. Hopefully it did some good and will stop people from donating to them – their website is now asking people to raise the million pound prize money they’ve missed out on, as if they have no other funding.

    The western media have clearly given up on real journalism, ITN News spent the week shamelessly promoting the white helmets, as Vanessa said they receive these well produced videos and air them without any attempt to verify the content. Of course we know why, they have been given their orders and they dare not go against them. The agenda has been set and their only role is to convince the public that russia and assad are bad, but the west and nato are good.

    I just hope more people wake up to the propoganda before it is too late. We need more people like you and Vanessa to keep countering the lies that will take us to unimaginable consequences. The “exceptional nation” is failing to achieve its goals in Syria and it’s ego can’t accept loosing.

    • Thanks Kat; and thanks for spreading the word and doing the counter-narrative.

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