War Crimes in Syria Exposed
There was a time during the 30-month covert dirty war on Syria
when the Western governments and mainstream media would make a
clamor over reported massacres.
By Finian Cunningham
July 30, 2013
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Now, despicably, these governments and media just ignore such
Why? Because it is increasingly clear that the groups committing
these crimes against thousands of Syrian civilians are the
foreign-backed mercenaries, whom the Western media and their
governments have tried to lionize as “rebels” fighting for
That charade is rapidly disintegrating, exposing not just
criminal Western governments sponsoring the violence against
civilians, but an entire media industry that is also guilty of
war crimes through its willful complicity.
This is not mere hyperbole. To disseminate false information and
lies about conflict - under the guise of independent news - is
to be complicit in covering up war crimes. You can hardly get
more serious misconduct than to tell lies about crimes against
These toxic lies and propaganda are now being exposed as the
Western-backed plot to subvert the sovereign state of Syria
unravels; this unraveling is accentuated by the West’s death
squads becoming even more unhinged as they stare at looming
defeat at the hands of the Syrian army.
The latest massacre occurred in the town of Khan al-Assal in the
northern province of Aleppo. Some 150 people, mostly civilians,
were reportedly slaughtered in cold blood. Many of the victims
were shot in the head execution-style. The groups claiming
responsibility are the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and Ansar
Reliable sources say that the killers tried to cover up their
barbaric crimes by mutilating the corpses and burning the
remains. Only days before this orgy of murder, the same groups
are believed to have massacred at least seven civilians in the
town of Maqbara in the province of Hasakah.
Elsewhere, as the Syrian national army makes searing advances
against the militants, it is apparent from the identities of the
dead that the majority of these fighters are foreigners, from
Saudi Arabia, Libya, Jordan, Turkey, as well as from the US and
Europe, including Britain, France and Germany.
Just last week, it was reported that Saudi Arabia bought $50
million-worth of heavy arms from Israel to supply this foreign
network in its endeavor to terrorize the people of Syria into
Already, the US, Britain and France have stumped up over $200
million which they claim is provided to “the Syrian opposition”
in the form of “non-lethal aid”.
This is just cynical semantics to cover up the fact that the
Western governments and their regional Turk, Arab and Israeli
proxies are sponsoring genocide in Syria.
Over the weekend as the mass murders in Khan al-Assal and
Maqbara emerged there was a telling silence in the Western
media. A cursory glance at outlets such as New York Times,
Washington Post, Voice of America, the Guardian, BBC, France 24,
Deutsche Welle, Reuters, among others, showed no or negligible
reports on the atrocities.
A notable exception was the London-based Financial Times, which
headlined: “Syria opposition condemns rebel attack”. The FT
tried to obfuscate the mass murder of civilians by claiming that
“extremist rebels” had executed captured Syrian army soldiers
and by giving prominence to condemnation of the “abuses” by the
exile non-entity group, the Syrian National Coalition.
Similar Western silence followed another massacre last month in
the village of Hatlah in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.
In mid-June, more than 60 mainly Shia inhabitants were
slaughtered again by Western-backed foreign militants. Most of
the victims were women and children. Syrian government appeals
for international condemnation
at the United Nations were ignored.
Contrast this void in Western government and media reaction to
earlier massacres. In May and June 2012, the Western media went
viral with reports of mass killings in the villages of Houla and
Qubair where some 108 and 78 inhabitants were murdered, many of
them with throats slit. Immediately, the Western media then
claimed or implied that the perpetrators were Syrian state
forces and roundly condemned President Bashar al-Assad.
Back then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Assad of
“ruling by murder and fear” and led the chorus of Western
governments calling for Assad to step down.
It later transpired that the Houla and Qubair massacres were the
work of the Western-backed foreign militants. But Western media
did not follow-up with corrective reporting. This is the conduct
of a propaganda ministry, not independent journalism.
The same propaganda formula of sensationalist headlines and
innuendo, with minimal evidence, was repeated in subsequent
massacres, such as in Tremseh in July 2012, or the bomb attack
on Aleppo University in January this year in which more than 80
were killed. Also in that same month, more than 100 bodies were
fished out of the Queiq River in the Bustan al-Qasr district of
Aleppo - all of those victims with gunshot wounds to the head.
Never mind that the district was under the control of foreign
militants, the Western media continued their campaign of
innuendo that it was the Syrian state forces that carried out
The Syrian government has consistently alleged that all these
mass killings are the work of Western-backed militants. This
sickening terrorist methodology concatenates with the Takfiri
mentality of killing everyone who is deemed to be an infidel -
Sunni, Shia, Alawite, Christian, non-believer alike, who does
not subscribe to their fundamentalist twisted theology.
It is entirely in keeping that Western governments and Wahhabi
Arab despots sponsor such groups given the long history of
collusion between these protagonists, going back to the creation
of al-Qaeda by Western military intelligence in Afghanistan
during the 1980s to fight the then Soviet-backed government in
The indiscriminate murder of civilians in wholesale massacres by
Western-backed death squads operating in Syria to overthrow the
Assad government is also consistent with the countless
no-warning car bombs that have ripped through markets, streets,
hospitals and schools all across Syria. Days before the latest
slaughter in Khan al-Assal, a car bomb killed at least 10 in the
Jaramana district of the capital, Damascus.
A few months earlier, another deadly bomb attack also targeted
Jaramana, killing more than 30. The district is a mixed
community of Muslim, Christian and Druze, which is largely
supportive of the Assad government. As with the many other
massacres in Syria, the aim is to terrorize the civilian
population, to sow sectarianism and to coerce
the populace to relinquish support for the government.
As the foreign criminal conspiracy to force regime change in
Syria flounders - with the turning point being the Syrian army
victory in Qusayr early last month - the Western-sponsored
terrorists are resorting to more and more desperate methods.
This depravity was manifested yet again in the slaughter of
civilians in Khan al-Assal and Maqbara. Tragically and
despicably, we can expect more such atrocities in the coming
weeks and months as the Western criminal conspiracy suffers more
But what is truly remarkable is how the Western governments and
their propaganda machine, known euphemistically as the
mainstream news media, are ignoring these latest massacres. That
is because their vile game is up. They can no longer dissimulate
on the reality of who is carrying out these massacres and how it
is all part of a criminal genocidal campaign directed from
Washington, London and Paris. That is why they are feigning to
ignore such atrocities. To look into them honestly would uncover
the ugly face of Western imperialism and the unconscionable role
played all along by so-called Western news media.
Meanwhile, proper journalistic services like Press TV that are
reporting the reality of what the Western governments are really
doing in Syria via their death squads are being banned from
satellite networks controlled by Western authorities.
Indeed, a very real extension of this censorship is how Press TV
correspondent Maya Nasser was murdered last September by
Western-backed death squads in Damascus for the very reason that
he was helping to uncover the truth about what is being
inflicted on Syria. Assassination is just an extreme act of
censorship, as the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once
Western government and media silence over the latest massacres
in Syria is not just a matter of indifference or sloppy
journalism. It is indicative of their complicity in the covert
genocidal war on Syria.
Cunningham, originally from Belfast, Ireland, was born in 1963.
He is a prominent expert in international affairs. The author
and media commentator was expelled from Bahrain in June 2011 for
his critical journalism in which he highlighted human rights
violations by the Western-backed regime. He is a Master’s
graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific
editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England,
before pursuing a career in journalism. He is also a musician
and songwriter. For many years, he worked as an editor and
writer in the mainstream news media, including The Mirror, Irish
Times and Independent. He is now based in East Africa where he
is writing a book on Bahrain and the Arab Spring.He co-hosts a
weekly current affairs programme, Sunday at 3pm GMT on
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