Starves Truth in Syria
January 11, 2016 "Information
Western news media are at it again – telling
barefaced lies and half-truths about starving towns
in Syria being liberated from sieges. Fake images of
emaciated children are also being published to shore
up their fraudulent narrative.
Take the image
of the malnourished little girl whom the
BBC and the
British Independent newspaper claimed was
from the Syrian town of Madaya. Turns out the girl
is from south Lebanon. Her name is Marianna Mazeh.
The photo published widely this week by Western
media is from three years ago, yet the same media
are claiming that she is one of the residents of the
Syrian town of Madaya, which the Western media also
say is being blockaded by the governments forces
of President Bashar al-Assad.
out too that Marianna's family are
infuriated that her forlorn image is being
circulated for propaganda purposes. "I live in Tayr
Filsey [south Lebanon], not Madaya, and I am fine,"
the little girl told Al Manar news agency. She is
now aged seven and apparently has made a full
recovery from her earlier emaciated condition. The
reason for her previous illness is not clear.
is held up to the camera in this still image
taken from video said to be shot in Madaya on
January 5, 2016
But what is
clear is that Western media have been caught — once
again — falsifying reality about the siege towns
in Syria now being liberated.
state-owned broadcaster BBC tells us that there are
up to 400,000 people being held in some 15 besieged
towns across Syria. The BBC and other Western media
refer to these places as "rebel-held", and by a
process of outright lies or half-truths, it is
inferred that the locations are being besieged
by the Syrian army, supported by Hezbollah militia
and Russian air power.
Occasionally, the Western media let slip, like when
the New York Times
reported this week on "people being shot as they
try to escape" the captive towns. The people are
being shot — by the so-called rebels holding the
residents as hostages, but the NY Times omitted that
that the Western media don't tell is that many towns
in Syria have been, and are still, taken over by
foreign-backed mercenary militia. They are
terrorists, not "rebels", belonging to such groups
as the so-called Islamic State (or Daesh), al Nusra
Front and Jaish al-Islam. All of them espouse a
twisted, corrupted version of Islam, which ordains
that anyone opposed to them can be beheaded or their
media portray the "Syrian regime" forces as having
blockaded the towns and using starvation as a weapon
against the residents. Nothing could be further
from the truth.
populations have been held hostage by the terror
groups and used as "human shields" to prevent the
Syrian army advancing to liberate those being held
against their will.
the siege towns being reported in the news are
Madaya near the capital Damascus, as well as the
northern locations of Kefraya and Foua. But the same
siege situations and eventual liberation were
repeated previously in many other towns and
villages, such as Zabadani, Kessab, Adra, Homs and
cases, the residents have welcomed the Syrian army
with open arms as "liberators" — grateful to have
been freed from the nightmare of captivity under the
foreign-backed mercenaries. Their conditions
of starvation and general brutality were not due
to alleged blockade by the Syrian state forces,
as the Western media claim, but rather as a direct
result of being kidnapped en masse by the
activist, Dr Declan Hayes, told this author how he
witnessed the liberation of Maloula near the border
with Lebanon back in 2014.
Easter Sunday, April 24, when we entered the town
with Syrian army forces. It had been held captive
by the mercenaries for several months. We were
greeted by cheering, flag-waving children, by young
and old, by Christians and Muslims. The atmosphere
was euphoric," recounted Hayes.
to see the destruction of Maloula to believe it.
Everything had been destroyed by the occupying
mercenaries. People were still in a state of shock
from the brutality they had been subjected to.
Beheadings, shootings, kidnappings, rape. There was
graffiti on walls written by the so-called jihadists
which said, ‘We get closer to God by cutting the
heads off our enemies'."
the same mercenaries that Western governments and
their media refer to as "rebels". As with the siege
of Madaya and other towns being ended this week, the
Western media contrived a narrative that Maloula was
similarly under siege from the Syrian army.
the reason why the West refers to "rebels" and not
"terrorists" is because the terrorists are supported
by Western governments and their regional allies
in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Half-truths are
invented because the full truth is a shocking
revelation of the real, criminal nature of Western
governments and how they have sponsored a covert war
in Syria for their illicit scheme of regime change
against the Assad administration.
says there is a clinical method in the madness that
Syrian towns and communities have been plunged into.
The objective is to destroy the rich pluralist
fabric of Syrian society and culture.
one of the earliest Christian dwellings in the
world. People there speak Aramaic dating back to the
time of Jesus," explained Hayes. "But the community
there also include Muslims, Sunni, Shia, Alawite,
Druze and other faiths. They have been living
peacefully together for centuries. Maloula is an
epitome of larger Syrian society. It is pluralist,
foreign-backed mercenaries have tried to do
since the conflict erupted in March 2011 is
to destroy the tapestry of Syrian society
by brutalizing communities and trying to hack open
that the mercenary brigades running amok in Syria
for the past five years have been directed
by Western military intelligence, the American CIA
and British MI6, along with Turk intelligence. "The
command and control of these terrorists is
outside Syria. The terrorists are following a
demonic, but deliberate, plan to destroy the
news media are the propaganda arm of the
state-sponsored terrorist assault on Syria. A
country has been brought to within a breath of being
demolished totally, of being turned into failed
state like so many other countries where Western
powers have illegally interfered "to bring
military intervention at the end of September pulled
Syria back from the brink. And it is Russia's air
power, along with the ground forces of the Syrian
army, Hezbollah and Iran, that is now forcing the
terrorists to capitulate. Hence the rapid ending
of so many sieges.
with ever-more lies, Western media are now trying
to tell their public that the "evil Assad regime" is
(inexplicably) having a change of heart and allowing
in aid convoys to the stricken, starving
truth is that people in Syria are being held siege
by Western-orchestrated terrorists.
of another kind is also being forced on the minds
of the Western public by the Western media; it
involves starving them of the truth.
Finian Cunningham has written extensively on
international affairs, with articles published in
several languages. 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
newspaper journalism. He is also a musician and
songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an
editor and writer in major news media organisations,
including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent.