Saturday, March 05, 2016

The political significance of Syrian demonstrations? And how Anne Barnard referred to a self-admitted fighter as "an activist"

It was expected.  When I see something on social media by supporters of Syrian rebels and in oil and gas Arab media, I know that Western media correspondents in Beirut will follow suit and will reproduce faithfully what is being transmitted in those media.  All Western correspondents in Beirut rely on local stringers (almost all of them are supporters of March 14 and Syrian rebel groups) who follow closely the Facebook and twitter pages of Syrian rebel groups.  I knew that Anne Barnard and her colleagues would be writing about the "phenomenon" of Syrian demonstrations.  But what is the story here? I don't get why this is a story today.  What is the news here? But then again, the stuff of Western media coverage of Syria has been from the very beginning propaganda, and pure propaganda. If you study the trajectory of Western media coverage of Syria you will find that it paid little attention to facts or evidence and that it was highly political and propagandistic in nature. Western media correspondents were mere cheerleaders who were more politically blatant in their agenda than the Zionist correspondents of US media in occupied Palestine.  So yesterday there were demonstrations in Syrian rebel areas: SYRIAN REBEL AREAS.  So in those "liberated" areas there were demonstrations against the regime.  But why? Aren't those areas "liberated" already?  Or do they want to be liberated yet again? So the story that impressed Anne Barnard and her colleagues in Beirut is that Syrian rebels (from Al-Qa`idah to Ahrar Ash-Sham and various other cocktail of rebel groups on the pay of Saudi or Qatari or Turkish or US governments) have permitted people in areas under their control to demonstrate in support of the ruling rebels and against their enemy in Damascus. What kind of political message or courage is this? That people living under the ruthless control of Syrian rebels can protest against the enemies of the rebel groups?  This is as reliable a measure as if people in areas under the control of the Syrian regime demonstrated in support of the regime and against the Syrian rebels. Would you then take that as a measure of public opinion? This is like being impressed with a demonstration in North Korea against the US.  Would that be covered? Let us face it, we know enough information to know that Syrian rebels (like Syrian regime) only allow demonstrations if they are politically approved by the ruling authorities in those areas.  What is cute about the story is that those fighters for Al-Qa`idah or for other Islamist groups now dress in civilian clothes and demonstrate in "liberated" areas and Anne Barnard and her colleagues would bestow upon instantly the label of "activists".  So what what ISIS terrorists need now is to dress in Western clothes and demonstrate against the Syrian regime and they would also be called "activists".  Here is Anne Barnard in the silly quotation of the day:  "Ahmad al-Saud, a commander of a rebel group that has received weapons and aid from the United States and its allies, appeared in the crowd at a protest in his hometown, Maarat al-Noaman, in the northern province of Idlib, according to photographs widely shared online.    We are not fans of killing, but the regime forced us to fight,” was the protesters’ message, said a local activist who goes by the pseudonym Ibrahim al-Idlibi for his safety."  So Anne Barnard just called a self-admitted killer an "activist".   Also, why is she worried about his safety? Is he not residing in those "liberated" areas?