Rewriting the Syrian script

Countless articles on the Guardian website and other mainstream media sites repeat certain statements over and over again. Articles regularly state that there were months and months of peaceful protests in Syria before the opposition decided to take up arms in order to defend themselves from violent repression – despite evidence of security forces being killed within weeks of the unrest starting. Articles regularly state that the uprising in Syria was popular and majority led despite the two biggest and most populated cities (Aleppo and Damascus) staying relatively quiet. Articles regularly state that America has played a minimal role in supporting the movement and has almost been a neutral player in the rebels attempt to violently overthrow the Syrian government.

It is true that Assad was in control of a repressive regime inside Syria and he cannot escape culpability for the situation currently unfolding within its borders. However, here is an alternative timeline that may highlight how some of the basic and most important facts being reported about Syria are not exactly concrete.

In 2001, retired General Wesley Clark met with Donald Rumsfeld in person and was told about a plan to topple the Syrian government. 

Since 2004 the US Government has been imposing tough economic sanctions against the Syrian government. 

Since 2006 the State Department has been spending millions of dollars on anti Assad propaganda.

In 2008 top members of the SNC (the main opposition group against Assad) were seen attending the secretive Bilderberg conference in Chantilly, Virginia.

In March 2011, weeks before the unrest began, weapons were discovered being smuggled into Syria from Iraq.

In April/May 2011 a joint US-NATO secret training camp in the US air force base in Incirlik, Turkey, began operations to organize and expand the dissident base in Syria (according to a Boiling Frogs article posted in November 2011).

In May 2011, weeks after the unrest began, Al Jazeera staff witnessed foreign fighters crossing the border into Syria but the media organization refused to air the footage.

In June 2011 (just a month or so after the unrest began) 120 Syrian security officers were attacked and many of them killed.

In August 2011 it was reported that “To date, most residents of Syria’s two main cities, Damascus and Aleppo, have tried to look the other way vis-à-vis the uprising”.

In May 2012 (a year after the unrest began) the State Department admitted that it was coordinating the shipment of weapons and hardware to the rebels.

In June 2012 it was reported that the C.I.A. were said to be steering weaponry to the Syrian Opposition

In December 2012 – mainstream media started reporting that the USA was helping to train Syrian rebels in Jordan.

UPDATE (11.09.13): In June 2013 France’s Former Foreign Minister revealed that the UK Government were preparing war in Syria at least two years before the 2011 protests

There were peaceful protests in Syria that called for genuine reform – I am not debating that fact – but most of the links I have provided will direct you to official news sites. These events are well documented but rarely pieced together by the mainstream media, who seem to prefer telling a much simpler story.

This entry was posted in Syria.

5 comments on “Rewriting the Syrian script

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