Syria – The U.S. Propaganda Shams Now Openly Fail

(Go here to listen to John Kerry talk about banning Russian and Syrian planes from flying over locations where “the legitimate opposition, al-Nusra, is present” right after saying al-Nusra is al-Qaeda. Then read below where an al-Qaeda leader says “all opposition members in Syria are al-Nusra” and you start to understand what’s really going on and who are forces are protecting.)

from Moon of Alabama

The Obama administration, and especially the CIA and the State Department, seem to be in trouble. They shout everything they can against Russia and allege that the cleansing of east-Aleppo of al-Qaeda terrorist is genocidal. Meanwhile no mention is ever made of the famine of the Houthis in Yemen which the U.S. and Saudi bombing and their blockade directly causes.

bigger (source unknown)But more and more major news accounts support the Russian allegation that the “moderate rebels” the U.S. is coddling in Syria are actually in cahoots with al-Qaeda if not al-Qaeda itself.

Reuters reports (though only at the end of a longer story):

In Aleppo, rebels in the Free Syrian Army are sharing operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups that includes the former Syrian wing of al Qaeda.Meanwhile, in nearby Hama province, FSA groups armed with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles are taking part in a major offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group.

The Wall Street Journal is more direct and headlining: Syria Rebels Draw Closer to al Qaeda-Linked Group

Some of Syria’s largest rebel factions are doubling down on their alliance with an al Qaeda-linked group, despite a U.S. warning to split from the extremists or risk being targeted in airstrikes.

Some rebel groups already aligned with Syria Conquest Front responded by renewing their alliance. But others, such as Nour al-Din al-Zinki, a former Central Intelligence Agency-backed group and one of the largest factions in Aleppo, pledged allegiance for the first time to the front in recent days.

Indeed al.Qaeda announced publicly that the CIA’s Nour el-Din Zinki and Suqour al-Sham joined its Jihad

As little back as August the State Department defended Zinki after some of its member abducted a Palestinian boy from a hospital near Aleppo and beheaded him in front of a video camera:

[I]n State Department briefings, [..] spokesman Mark Toner downplayed the incidents, or the possibility that the US would stop arming Nour al-Din al-Zinki just because they beheaded a child..

Toner insisted [..] “one incident here and there would not necessarily make you a terrorist group.”

The new news reports follow after an interview by the German former politician and journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer with an al-Qaeda commander published in English on this site. The commander said that Nusra (aka al-Qaeda) were directly supplied, via a subgroup, with U.S. TOW missiles. He added about such groups:

They are all with us. We are all the al-Nusra Front. A groups is created and calls itself “Islamic Army”, or “Fateh al-Sham”. Each group has its own name but their believe is homogeneous. The general name is al-Nusra Front. One person has, for example, 2,000 fighters. Then he creates from these a new group and calls it “Ahrar al-Sham”. Brothers, who’s believe, thoughts and aims are identical to those of al-Nusra Front.

Another interview recently published by the former military Jack Murphy was with a Green Beret soldier who served in Turkey and Syria. The Green Berets are special forces of the U.S. army. They are specialists in training and  fighting with indigenous guerrilla groups against governments the U.S. dislikes. The soldier interviewed was ordered to train “moderate Syrian rebels” in Turkey. Parts of the interview (pay-walled) are quoted here:

“No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort”, a former Green Beret writes of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian insurgents, “they know we are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?’”. “I don’t want to be responsible for Nusra guys saying they were trained by Americans,” the Green Beret added.

Murphy states bluntly: “distinguishing between the FSA and al-Nusra is impossible, because they are virtually the same organization. As early as 2013, FSA commanders were defecting with their entire units to join al-Nusra. There, they still retain the FSA monicker, but it is merely for show, to give the appearance of secularism so they can maintain access to weaponry provided by the CIA and Saudi intelligence services. The reality is that the FSA is little more than a cover for the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra. …

It is one thing when Russia says something, but another when Reuters, WSJ, and independent German and U.S. subject experts report this as facts. The first can be shunned as “Putin lies” but the others are extremely hard to refute.

[read more of this outstanding article here]

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    The BBC is now claiming that…

    [1] The campaign to liberate Aleppo is driving the “moderate” extremists into the arms of the regular extremists.

    [2] The Syrian military is using “barrel bombs” and US-style cluster munitions to destroy hospitals.

    [3] The Russians have murdered 400 civilians so far, mostly children

    [4] If the Aleppo campaign continues, the USA may stop “cooperating” with Russia.

    [5] There are global protests against the Aleppo campaign.

    It’s all absurd, but it’s effective, since the masses get their “news” from Twitter, and from one-line comments on Facebook, which they read on their smart-phones.

    The message is repeated in countless little bits.

    “Russians are evil! Russians are evil! Russians are evil!”

    It works.


    A new book is out titled “The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters.”

    Among other things, it discusses the disappearance on 8 March 2014 of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

    Naturally the book insults us by claiming (with zero proof) that MH370 did an about-face and flew halfway across the Indian Ocean before it ran out of fuel and crashed.

    THE TRUTH is that the US Navy accidentally shot down Flight MH370 during a military exercise (just like the Navy did to TWA Flt 800 on 17 July 1996).

    The US government and its allies covered this up because the shoot-down occurred over the South China Sea, which is an extremely sensitive and contested area.


    An exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is a sea zone designated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) over which a country has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from wind and water. An EEZ stretches out to 200 nautical miles from a nation’s coast. (230 statute miles)

    157 nations have signed and ratified this UN agreement. The USA has signed it, but refuses to ratify it. Israel (alone among all nations) refuses to recognize it at all.

    Many signatory nations want the UN convention (UNCLOS) modified so that an exclusive economic zone becomes an exclusive military zone as well.

    If this modification were to happen, the U.S. military would have to ask permission before entering places like the South China Sea. Therefore the USA refuses to allow this modification in the UN.

    If the truth came out that the US military accidentally shot down Flt MH370 in the South China Sea, then 157 foreign nations (95% of all nations) would have a political pretext to demand that the UN overrule the USA regarding the modification of UNCLOS.

    Therefore the US and its allies have covered up the shoot-down with lies and absurdities.

  3. FOR COMIC RELEF (Part 1)

    Today U.K. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that Russia’s “war crimes” will make it impossible to begin “peace negotiations” in Syria.

    Johnson implied that the compassionate Western Empire (which maintains the war) wants “peace” (i.e. wants Syria destroyed), and that the evil Russians have ruined the campaign.

    Speaking to a Conservative party conference, MHM (mop-headed moron) Johnson claimed that the Russians are bombing “nothing but hospitals.”

    Boris Johnson (a.k.a. BoJo) said he wanted a post-Brexit UK to be unashamed about promoting neoliberalism around the world, and that he would be prepared to support new “humanitarian” wars.

    The article has 754 reader comments. None of them endorses Johnson and his filth.


    “The Intercept” is an online publication created and funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

    Its editors are Betsy Reed, Jeremy Scahill, and Glenn Greenwald.

    “The Intercept” helps to spread the Western Empire’s lies about the US-funded terrorists known as the “White Helmets.”™

    “The Intercept” claims that the terrorists, “risk everything to save the victims of airstrikes by the Russian and Syrian governments.”

    “The Intercept” says the “White Helmet”™ killers are courageously led by Mr. Raed al-Saleh (who the FBI lists as a known terrorist).

    The U.S. government has flown Mr. Saleh to the USA so he can promote a new Netflix “documentary” that praises the bloodthirsty “White Helmets.”™

    European governments have previously wined and dined Mr. Saleh, and flown him around Europe to spread his lies.

  4. FOR COMIC RELEF (Part 2)

    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says that “all trust has broken down” between the Western Empire and Russia over Syria (as though it ever existed).

    Ms. Bishop called Russia’s glorious liberation of Aleppo an “unprecedented atrocity.”

    She said that the (Ukrainian government’s) destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is comparable to the (the Israeli Mossad’s) destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland.

    She said, “The violence and the atrocities in Aleppo are unprecedented” (meaning the Western Empire’s defeat is unprecedented).


    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consists of six oil sheikhdoms whose militaries participated in the destruction of Libya, and are now dedicated to the destruction of Yemen and Syria.

    They are demanding that the UN stop Russia from foiling the GCC’s war on Syria.

    They say that the carnage in Syria can only be ended via “negotiations” (i.e. only be ended by a total victory for the GCC-backed terrorists).


    The U.K. Guardian has an article titled, “Peace in Syria is possible. Here’s how it can be achieved.”

    Its solution is a mass Turkish invasion to destroy Syria, its government, and its people once and for all.

    The U.K. Guardian says that such a genocide is a “humanitarian imperative.”

  5. Elizabeth- do you have any evidence that Israel was responsible for the destruction of Pan Am 103?

  6. @ Mudhole: Thank you for your question. I do not have hard proof, but I will fill in some details, and then you can decide whether I am correct in claiming that Mossad did it.

    I emphasize that I am not one of those people who blames EVERYTHING on Mossad and the Israelis. I don’t do that.


    On 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 blew up, killing all 259 passengers and crewmembers aboard. In addition, 11 people were killed on the ground in Lockerbie Scotland, bringing the total deaths to 270.

    If Mossad did it, what was the motive?

    Moammar Gaddafi had always been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, and he let members of the Palestinian resistance live in Libya during the 1980s. Jewish hit squads frequently infiltrated Libya and assassinated key Palestinians. Meanwhile anti-Libya rhetoric filled the U.S. media and movies (e.g. the movie “Back to the Future”). During the Reagan era (1980-88) the entire West vilified Libyans.

    On 13 December 1988, Yasser Arafat caught everyone off guard by publicly acknowledging “Israel’s right to exist in peace and security.” The following day Mr. Arafat publicly repudiated “terrorism in all its forms,” and announced that he would visit the UN headquarters to explain his peace plan. This would be Arafat’s first visit to the UN in New York City. He planned to ask Israel to abide by UN Security Council Resolution 242, which required the Jews to withdraw to pre-1967 boundaries in Palestine.

    Normally Israel would have laughed at all this, but Arafat’s about-face was big news. It was on the front-page of every newspaper. The affair quickly hemorrhaged into a propaganda crisis for Israel. Jews in New York staged mass demonstrations outside the UN building to protest Arafat’s planned visit, but it did no good. The Israeli government did everything possible to prevent Arafat from coming, but U.S. President Bush Sr. refused to buckle to Israeli threats, and he allowed Arafat to speak at the UN on 13 Dec 88.

    Arafat’s speech at the UN brought a standing ovation. It seemed to everyone that this was a turning point in history. At long last peace was at hand.

    The Israelis panicked. They were losing to Hezbollah in Lebanon (which was having a civil war) and the whole world now believed that Arafat was sincere in his peace efforts. Israel became desperate to shift the world focus back to “terrorists.”

    Therefore, eight days after Arafat’s speech at the UN, a plastic explosive bomb was planted in the forward cargo hold of Pan Am Flight 103 at London’s Heathrow airport. The bomb was tiny (only one pound), but it caused an explosive decompression that destroyed the plane over Lockerbie Scotland.

    Initially, millions of people assumed that the Israelis did it, since the Israelis had the only obvious motive, namely to re-brand all Palestinians as terrorists.

    (continued below)

    Why Flight 103?

    Any airliner full of Americans would have sufficed, and there were 189 U.S. citizens aboard Pan Am Flight 103. However that particular flight offered a bonus: its passengers included Matthew Gannon (CIA’s deputy station chief in Beirut), plus Major Chuck McKee (an army officer working for the US Defense Intelligence Agency in Beirut), plus two US Diplomatic Security Service special agents: Ronald Lariviere (a security officer from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut) and Daniel O’Connor (a security officer from the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus).

    These four U.S. intelligence officials had continually reported on Israeli atrocities in Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war. If they could be eliminated along with civilian Americans, then so much the better.

    A timer was affixed to the bomb so that it would explode over the ocean, thereby concealing evidence of the bomb. However bad weather caused the 747 pilot to divert north to Scotland.

    Immediately after the bombing, the Israeli and the Western media blamed Palestinians, saying they were backed by Syria, or by Iran, or maybe Libya, or maybe all three.

    To “investigate” the bombing (i.e. to make sure the Israeli plan worked) Pan Am hired Yuval Aviv, a Mossad bomb expert who had become a US citizen.

    The Israelis did not implicate Mr. Arafat directly in the bombing of Flight 103. This would have been too obvious. Instead, they claimed that Ahmad Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) had bombed Flight 103. The motive for the bombing? They were Palestinians! What else did one need to say?

    Flight 103 was destroyed on 21 December 1988, and for the next two years, the world believed Israeli claims that “the Palestinians did it.”

    In August 1990 Saddam Hussein stupidly took the US bait and invaded Kuwait. President Bush Sr. made plans to counter-invade Kuwait, but he needed the support of Iran and Syria. Therefore the USA and Israel changed their story about Flight 103. They claimed that “new intelligence” revealed that Moammar Qaddafi had ordered the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in retaliation for US air strikes on Libya in 1986.

    This claim was silly. If Libya had wanted revenge, there would have been no reason for Libya to wait two years to bomb an airliner. If anyone had a revenge motive, it was Iran. On 3 July 1988, five months before Flight 103 was destroyed, the USS Vincennes had shot down Iran Air Flight 655 inside Iranian airspace, murdering all 290 people aboard, including 66 children.

    The U.S. Navy concealed the fact that the USS Vincennes had been in Iranian territorial waters, and the U.S. government refused to admit error, or pay compensation. However the Navy handed out medals to the ship’s officers for “heroism in combat.”

    Two years later, in 1990, the USA needed Syrian and Iranian support for the US invasion of Iraqi-occupied Kuwait. Therefore the USA blamed Libya for the Flight 103 bombing, and started making offers to Iran to compensate the families of Iranians who had been murdered by the USS Vincennes. (In 1996 the USA agreed to pay S$61.8 million to Iran, but never admitted responsibility, and never apologized to Iran.)

    (continued below)


    On 31 March 1992 the USA, Canada, and Europe blockaded Libya, ostensibly to force Moammar Qaddafi to abide by UN Security Council Resolution 748, which called upon the Libyan government to comply with an international investigation of the Flight 103 bombing. The USA also froze $1.2 billion in Libyan assets.

    The USA hoped to make Qaddafi desperate enough to lash out, which would legitimize the false accusation that he had ordered the bombing of Flight103.

    On 11 Nov 1993, UN Security Council Resolution 883 imposed a blockade against Libya.

    Amid all this, President Bush Senior continued to endorse Arafat’s peace proposals for Palestine. However in November 1991, Bush Senior lost his re-election bid to Bill Clinton. A month after that, Pan Am Airlines ceased to exist (4 Dec 1991).

    Today, most Americans continue to believe that Gaddafi ordered the bombing of Pan AM Flight 103. After all, Gaddaffi was an “evil dictator.”

    No one blames Israel, which had the biggest motive for the bombing, namely to derail the global excitement caused by Yasser Arafat’s spectacular concessions and peace offerings.

    In fact, I have never seen anyone put the obvious pieces together, and point at Mossad.

    There are many more details that I admitted for the sake of brevity, but I leave it to you to decide whether I am correct.

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