When it comes to Syria, you can set your watch for all the different acts in the stage-play that is the mass-media and international coverage.
I referred to Syria previously as ‘Syria the Movie’, in regard especially to the media production company known as the White Helmets. It’s a movie with endless sequels: and the script and structure never changes, the dialogue is all the same.
First up, let’s make an obvious prediction: there’s going to be another staged ‘chemical attack’ very soon – if not in the next few days, then definitely in the next few weeks.
The White Helmets will put out footage of it, the international media will run heavy coverage of it for days, Nikki Haley will put on her operatic performance in the UN Security Council, and various political leaders will renew calls for the Assad regime to be ‘held to account’.
We know this for three reasons. First, I’ve seen Syrian observers in the passed week saying that the White Helmets have been found transporting chemical weapons components. This might not be true. But, even if it isn’t, the fact that media coverage has squarely returned to Syria in the last few days meansthat now is the perfect time for another chemical false-flag.
Thirdly, a week or so ago the White Helmets travelling theatre company called on France’s Emmanuel Macron to strike against the Syrian government forces if another chemical attack is carried out by the regime. Macron, essentially, said France would carry out attacks on Syrian government targets if it was clear a chemical attack had been carried out by the regime.
To be fair to Macron for now, his response could be construed as cautious and non-committal. However, the fact alone that the White Helmets are baiting Macron (just as Trump was baited a year ago over Idlib) means that the fake chemical attack is already being set up.
By the way, if France does start directly attacking Syrian state targets, it will be joining the United States and Israel, both of which have already been doing this.
Again – as we’ve said every time this movie plays out – the Assad regime has no reason to use chemical weapons against civilians when it can just as easily use conventional weapons. In fact, it has every reason NOT to use chemical weapons, as it knows the world is watching for any chance to catch them doing it.
Still, the Trump administration – sticking to the script – resumed laying the ground for the next chemical false-flag a fortnight ago, saying there was evidence the Assad government was “probably” still producing chemical weapons for use against civilians. Yep, just to be clear about this – “probably”.
Ramping the bullshit up one level, Jerusalem Online reported that “Syrian President Assad’s forces may be developing new types of chemical weapons, which which could reach as far as the US..”
So apparently now Assad’s chemical weapons could threaten American soil, suggesting that Assad is being slowly promoted to Kim Jong-un stature. Jerusalem Online’s only source for this information was an unspecified “US official”: but this is smelling like a reboot of Saddam’s WMDs.
We’ve done this same movie several times over the last few years, from the highly disputed 2013 incidents right through to last year’s Idlib attack (see here): so I’m not going to go back over all of it again (for the backstory of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Saga, see here, here, here, and here).
Meanwhile, as we wait for this inevitable chemical false-flag, news coverage is hitting all the usual marks. Here in the UK, we’re being shown the usual apocalyptic coverage as the Syrian regime drops bombs on rebel-held East Ghoutta – the news coverage is an absolute re-run of the Aleppo coverage from a year ago in every respect, from the White Helmets’ dramatic (but highly inconclusive) footage right down to the conspicuous lack of reference to Al-Qaeda.
Also, as with the mass Aleppo coverage, we see the ‘Syrian’ ‘rebels’ (it’s not even clear who they are anymore – White Helmets, Al-Qaeda, or just actors?) making dramatic, movie-script statements like “this is the end – we are waiting to die here”.
In fact, I just checked my post from a year or so ago on the Aleppo coverage and the lines of dialogue are PRECISELY the same: in the Aleppo coverage, White Helmets were literally saying the lines “this is the end” and “we’re waiting to die now”, and this is same dialogue now being said in the BBC’s East Ghoutta coverage. They can’t even be bothered to change the fucking script.
And let’s ask the same question now as I asked back then: why are the Skype video calls (and Internet connection) between East Ghoutta and London of such good quality if the area is under heavy assault from the regime forces?
In terms of the innocent civilians being killed by regime bombs in East Ghoutta, I’ll assume this is true (though we can’t know what the real numbers are: we’re being told something like 250 civilians have been killed in the last attack) – and that’s horrible.
But the mainstream coverage generally isn’t interested in asking how many civilians have been killed by the jihadists there: and the key ommission in all of the coverage is the fact that the Syrian regime is trying to take back territory held by extreme militias and NOT simply bombing civilians for sport.
‘Eastern Ghouta is another Srebrenica, we are looking away again’, declares The Guardian (a newspaper I once had hoped to write for, but now just find embarassing).
Eastern Ghoutta and Idlib are under control by extreme Islamist militias: and, as in Aleppo, the situation seems to be that the jihadists are holding the civilian population hostage, as re-stated this week by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.
In fact, a year ago the different jihadist factions in Eastern Ghouta began fighting each other, with the Syrian military pretty much taking a breather and letting them weaken each other.
At any rate, the vast, fake production being staged by the major news media continues: the movie goes on. And I’m calling it – there will be a new chemical attack in the next two weeks, if not in the next few days. And all the staged/scripted reaction and coverage will be – in every detail – precisely the same as all the other times.
Read more: ‘Syria: The Sarin Saga‘, ‘Chemical Warfare in Syria: Then and Now‘, ‘The End in Aleppo – A Confused Narrative Plays Out‘, ‘Idlib Chemical Attack & the Theatre of the Macabre‘, ‘Vanessa Beeley Exposes the White Helmets‘…