Paul Joseph Watson does it again, jumping on an important story and quickly producing a piece that presents a straight-forward, thorough report on the use of blatant propaganda. He busted the BBC for their unethical journalism when they used a picture taken in Iraq depicting a boy skipping over the dead bodies of children, with the caption saying the picture was from the recent Houla, Syria massacre. Skip to the report here.
Don’t let them change the narrative on you by shifting all the blame to terrorists, presenting it like the U.S. hasn’t had anything to do with the conflicts, and possibly bombings. Hillary Clinton admitted in a BBC interview on February 26, 2012 that in we are on the same side as those on our terrorist lists. Syria has accused the U.S. of aiding the terrorists, who are acting as the opposition, more than once. Russia has also remarked multiple times that they feel the opposition is being aided by foreign countries. See “U.S. Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terrorists” and “Reuters: Russia Condemns Syria Attacks, Sees Foreign Hand,” and again today in another article I link to below. We’re following the 1970′s “Kissinger plan” to establish control in the middle east to protect resources, not just for oil to be consumed by Americans, but for the ability to control the flow of oil to the world, in essence establishing control over the Persian Gulf, which then brings control over Europe, Japan, and China. This is explained in “The Thirty-Year Itch,” an article from 2003, and Annals of National Security: The Redirection, a report from 2007. The second paragraph and first sentence of the third paragraph in The Redirection are telling:
“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
One contradictory aspect of the new strategy is that, in Iraq, most of the insurgent violence directed at the American military has come from Sunni forces, and not from Shiites.”
It goes on to explain how we were financing “a lot of bad guys.”
The United States has also given clandestine support to the Siniora government, according to the former senior intelligence official and the U.S. government consultant. “We are in a program to enhance the Sunni capability to resist Shiite influence, and we’re spreading the money around as much as we can,” the former senior intelligence official said. The problem was that such money “always gets in more pockets than you think it will,” he said. “In this process, we’re financing a lot of bad guys with some serious potential unintended consequences. We don’t have the ability to determine and get pay vouchers signed by the people we like and avoid the people we don’t like. It’s a very high-risk venture.”
Today the New York Times published an article, “International Pressure on Syria Grows After Killings,” stating the U.S. may have to become involved militarily. It also says that Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, while holding the Syrian government accountable for much of the violence, feels there is still a foreign hand importing terrorists to overthrow the Syrian regime.
“Despite the increased Russian public pressure on the Syrian government, Mr. Lavrov did echo Syrian government claims that the violence was being fomented by imported terrorists working at the behest of foreign governments — “a clear hand of Al Qaeda, and the threat of terrorism is growing.”
On May 24, it was reported in The Washington Times, “U.N.: Syrian forces, opposition committing crimes,” that the opposition is kidnapping for ransom, using roadside bombs, and committing “illegal killings.” That same day The Washington Times also had an article, “U.S. Poised to Vet Possible Arms for Syrian Rebels.” This is not about humanitarian services for the people, it’s about establishing control.
Edited May 28, 2012 10:38 to add images
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, May 28, 2012
The British media has been caught yet again with its pants down in the effort to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria, with the revelation that BBC News used a years-old photo of dead Iraqi children to depict victims of an alleged government assault on the town of Houla.
In a report issued hours after the massacre, the BBC used a photo that was first published over nine years ago and taken in Al Mussayyib, Iraq. The image shows a child skipping over the dead bodies of hundreds of Iraqi children who have been transported from a mass grave to be identified.
The caption used by the BBC to describe the image stated that the picture was provided by an activist and “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”. After the “mistake” was exposed, the BBC changed their original article but did not issue a retraction.
The photographer who took the original picture, Marco Di Lauro, posted on his Facebook page, “Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government to prove the massacre.” Di Lauro told the London Telegraph he was “astonished” the BBC had failed to check the authenticity of the image.
“What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn’t check the sources and it’s willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever. That’s all,” said Di Lauro.
Information surrounding the massacre at Houla clearly suggests that the murders were carried out by death squads and not shelling by government tanks. Video footage of the child victims (warning – graphic) appears to show gunshot wounds to the face and stab wounds. None of the victims appear to have lost any limbs.
As RT reports, “Many of the victims were executed at point blank-range,” a fact inconsistent with the explanation that tank shelling was responsible for the bloodshed. It’s equally as likely that terrorist death squads, responsible for numerous deadly bombings in Syria that have killed scores of people, were responsible for the massacre.
As Tony Cartalucci writes, “Why on earth would the Syrian Government want to kill Syrian children? And even if for some reason they did – why would they do so in a way more or less guaranteed to attract international condemnation and renewed calls for intervention? In other words, ‘cui bono‘?
“Who really benefits from this atrocity – and who doesn’t? Surely the insurgents and their foreign backers benefit. and the Syrian Government most certainly does not! Given that recent bomb atrocities in Damascus have been blamed – almost universally – on extremist opponents of the Assad Government, isn’t it at least plausible they’re also behind this latest horror?”
Whatever the truth behind events over the weekend, the mass media has once again prostrated itself as a rolling propaganda mouthpiece for the claims of dubious anonymous “activists” who have proven to be adept at staging propaganda time and time again.
This is by no means the first time the British media has salaciously claimed that Assad’s forces are indiscriminately killing babies and children.
Back in February, the London Independent reported, “President Assad’s security forces have indiscriminately killed scores of newborn babies in Homs this week.”
As we documented, the source for this claim did not originate in Syria but in London, from an organization called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which is little more than a lobbying group with intimate ties to the UK Foreign Office.
The propaganda tool of falsely accusing governments of killing babies and children is not new to the middle east. Before the first Gulf War, then largest public relations firm in the world Hill & Knowlton crafted a hoax centered around the lie that Saddam Hussein’s troops were ransacking hospitals in Kuwait and throwing babies out of incubators. Despite later being proven to be a complete fabrication, George H.W. Bush administration aggressively pushed the story as part of their build-up to war.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.