The White Helmets Redefine the Meaning of ‘Neutral’

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The British Foreign Office has spent at least £2.5 million on what it calls ‘search and rescue’ in Syria, stating in a public document on non-humanitarian aid to the country:

To date, twelve 25-man civil defence teams from towns in Idlib
province have received UK-funded training and equipment to carry
out fire-fighting and search & rescue to help save lives. Over the
next six months, additional teams across Northern Syria will be
trained thanks to UK support.

These ‘civil defence teams’ are the White Helmets, which as I have previously written function alongside takfiri groups such as Jahbat al-Nusra; appearing in their propaganda videos and helping them carry out executions. The group are presented as being a completely neutral actor, with their website proclaiming:

The volunteers save people on all sides of the conflict – pledging commitment to the principles of “Humanity, Solidarity, Impartiality” as outlined by the International Civil Defence Organisation. This pledge guides every response, every action, every life saved – so that in a time of destruction, all Syrians have the hope of a lifeline.

The White Helmets mostly deal with the aftermath of government air attacks. Yet they have risked sniper fire to rescue bodies of regime soldiers to give them a proper burial.

Evidence of a supposed regime massacre of civilians - note the bodies are all in military clothing.
Evidence of a supposed regime massacre of civilians – note the bodies are all in military clothing.

However, a recent article in The Telegraph – Assad can stay in power ‘three months or longer’, says Hammond – casually refers to the White Helmets as being composed of regime defectors:

Russian involvement has galvanised rebels from across the ideological spectrum, accelerating defections to Jabhat al Nusra, and sending ripples of anger through the rebel opposition.

On Saturday, the strikes appeared to hit a rescue team in the northwestern province of Idlib. 29 year old Issam al-Saleh was killed in a follow-up air strike as his team searched for survivors from the first.

After defecting from the regime along with his six brothers, Mr Saleh had spent 18 months working with the White Helmets, a team of first responders that has been described as among the bravest in the world.

“Russian and Assad officers will be accounted in the ICC for their crimes against humanity,” said Mr Saleh’s cousin and the leader of the White Helmets, Raed al Saleh.

It is unclear how such people can claim impartiality, and it seems that the Foreign Office has little concern with making such assertions, having tweeted last week:

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Therefore publicly establishing that the White Helmets work on behalf of the British government and the so-called ‘moderate opposition’ (with the opposition really being nothing more than Western intelligence assets to begin with). As one of the main participants working tirelessly to militarily overthrow the Syrian state for the last several years, neither the UK nor the groups it sponsors can in any way be considered as impartial actors in the conflict.

Raed al Saleh, noted in The Telegraph as the group’s leader, has given numerous speeches to the UN, US Congress etc agitating for a no-fly zone to stop ‘the regime’. You can read examples by Googling his name.

The real purpose of the White Helmets project is to provide a constant stream of ‘barrel bomb’ propaganda to Western audiences (sometimes with added chlorine), thus providing a myth which – similar to the myth of the ‘African mercenary’ in Libya 2011 – can be invoked to justify ‘humanitarian intervention’.

Then, in several years time, despite what was once the Syrian Arab Republic remaining engulfed in war and poverty, Western governments can justify – even boast – about attacking the country because they stopped the regime from committing genocide via barrel bomb; with no one pausing to question which particular group the Syrian government and their armed forces were trying to exterminate.

Supposed ‘human rights activists’ are constantly shrieking that there is a genocide taking place in Syria. I once read that we shouldn’t be concerned about a possible future genocide of Alawites when there is currently a genocide of Sunnis going on right now. Yet a majority of the Syrian army is Sunni, and importantly, are actually Syrians; whereas a large majority of the opposition are not Syrian at all. Therefore the reality of the war is in fact the opposite of what the media has been making it out to be for years: of the Syrian people fighting a dictator; that Assad is ‘killing his own people’.

Noam Chomsky once noted:

As for the term ‘genocide,’ perhaps the most honorable course would be to expunge it from the vocabulary until the day, if it ever comes, when honesty and integrity can become an ’emerging norm.’

And so the same can be said of the word ‘neutral’, where now those very same nations who have been investing billions of dollars in destroying Syria seem to think that they can be viewed as honest peace brokers, and groups such as the White Helmets, who are so clearly working on behalf of the opposition, are able to claim that they are not supporting either side.

The US and its poodle the UK are in need of a good dose of reality: perhaps Russia’s intervention in Syria can bring them back down to earth, as this exceptionalist propaganda isn’t fooling anyone anymore.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/371647/Syria_UK_Non-Humanitarian_Support_-_Public_document__3_Apr___3_.pdf

ISIS Leader Omar al-Shishani Fought Under U.S. Umbrella as Late as 2013

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ISIS Commander Abu Omar al-Shishani celebrates after his joint FSA/ISIS operation at Menagh Airbase in the summer of 2013. (Photo circulated in jihadi social media)

Abu Omar al-Shishani, the red-bearded face of ISIS terror lately described in such headlines as ‘Star pupil’: Pied piper of ISIS recruits was trained by U.S. for the fact that he received American military training as part of an elite Georgian army unit in 2006 and after, did not stop playing for “team America” once he left his home country in the Caucuses. He actually enjoyed U.S. backing and American taxpayer largesse as late as 2013, soon after entering Syria with his band of Chechen jihadists.

A new book about ISIS chronicles the terror group’s earliest successes when it first made a name for itself on the Syrian battlefield by tipping the scales in favor of rebels in Northern Aleppo who had spent nearly a…

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Flashback 2005: What Was the British SAS Doing in Basra, Iraq? Initiating Terrorism to Foment Sectarian Conflicts and Wars? British and American Intelligence are Involved in the Persistent And Violent Acts of ‘Terror’ Spreading Across Iraq?

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https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2005/09/basr-s28.html Click on image for article.

  • Emphasis mine. Quote:

    “If allegations that the soldiers’ car was loaded with explosives were proved, this will strengthen the theory suggesting that the British and American intelligence is involved in the persistent and violent acts of ‘terror’ spreading across Iraq, which means that the current ‘counterinsurgency’ efforts involve the premeditated killing of innocent civilians to achieve the US policy objectives. Isn’t this the very definition of terrorism?”

    “This proves, according to observers, that the occupation is not far from many operations that seek to sow sedition and maintain disorder, as this would give the occupation the justification to stay in Iraq for a longer period.”

    Al Jazeera also quotes a report in Britain’s Telegraph citing Baghdad Muslim cleric Abdel al-Daraji’s statement that “Britain was plotting to start an ethnic war by carrying out mass-casualty bombings targeting Shiite civilians and then…

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Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack

The Lead with Jake Tapper

CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

Programming note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

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Maariv, April 25 1984: ‘Khomeini’s atomic bomb enters final stages of production with German assistance.’

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An Israeli newspaper from 1984 reports that Iran is in the final stages of building a nuclear bomb.

Here are some further headlines throughout the years, from Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth:

Iran will be capable of producing a nuclear weapon in another seven years.
–June 26 1984

Nuclear Expert: Iran will have a nuclear weapon by the end of the decade or in seven to eight years if China, Pakistan and Argentina continue aiding it.
–November 15 1991

Within 10 years Syria will have a nuclear weapon.
June 15 1992

Iran will have an operational nuclear weapon in the next five to eight years
– September 20, 1992

Iran will have a nuclear weapon by 2000
– December 1 1992

Rabin: Iran has the manpower and will to get a nuclear weapon within ten years.
– January 21 1993

Iran has in its possession a nuclear weapon ready for immediate deployment
– January 24, 1993

By year’s end Iran will be a nuclear threat against Israel
– April 9 1993

Iran may achieve nuclear capability at any moment
– January 9 1995

Iran wants a nuclear weapon by 2001.
– December 27 1995

U.S.: Iran will have a nuclear weapon around 2000.
– June 27 1997

Iran will threaten Israel with a nuclear weapon within four years.
– July 10 2001

Nuclear weapon for Iran in 2005.
– August 5 2003

IDF: Preparing for an Iranian atomic bomb in 2005
– August 8 2003

Iran announces: we will achieve a nuclear weapon within four years
-August 20 2004

Israeli intelligence sources: within two years they will have a bomb on the shelf
– July 8 2005

Entire Middle East will arm itself with nukes.
– December 2005

Iranian atomic bomb in three years.
– March 26 2006

Olmert: Within months Iran will be able to assemble a nuclear bomb
– June 22 2006

U.S.: Iran will have a nuclear weapon in a year or two.
– June 22 2011

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Source:
Israeli Media 30-Year ‘Reign of Error’ Predicting Iranian Nuke

Sweden’s Far-Right hope to Antagonise Muslims with Gay Pride Parade

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Haaretz reports today that Sweden’s far-right have organised a gay pride parade which will march through Muslim-majority districts Tensta and Husby in Stockholm. The Israeli media outlet states:

The organizer of the march, Jan Sjunnesson, is the former editor of the far-right Sweden Democrats’ newspaper, the Samtiden. The Sweden Democrats are known for their anti-immigration policies, and came out strongly in support of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten when it published cartoons derogatively depicting the Prophet Mohammed in 2005.

‘Expression of pure racism’

The scheduled march has been criticized as provocative and racist by those on the left, with angry comments appearing on the event’s Facebook page. Two residents of the Jarva area, Noah Nord and Emelie Mårtensson, claim that ‘Jarva Pride’ “pits two oppressed groups against each other,” and have organized a counter-demonstration.

One person to defend the march is evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins, who slammed criticism of the event as emblematic of “the pathetic Left.”

Swedish nationalists plan gay ‘pride’ march through Muslim areas of Stockholm

Homophobia is clearly abhorrent, however bigotry towards LGBT peope is rife in all societies; some well-known examples being in Poland, Russia and many states in the US. In America embracing homophobia is part of the country’s mainstream political discourse – you only need to listen to the reaction of many Republican presidential hopefuls to understand that.

Thus by singling out Muslims it is obvious that this event has been planned with the aim of causing trouble. Ironically, the leader of the Sweden Democrats – Jimmie Åkesson – was barred from attending Stockholm Pride, the largest pride festival in Scandinavia, last year. English language Swedish paper The Local reported:

“The management of Stockholm Pride has decided that the Sweden Democrats do not share our values and therefore are not welcome,” Maria Paulsson, press secretary at Stockholm Pride, told Dagens Opinion earlier this month. She said no other organizations were banned, as far as she knew.

“It’s not primarily because of their stance on family and LGBT issues, but because we see them as a racist party, and the LGBT fight and the fight against racism go hand and hand,” Sandra Ehne, chairman of Stockholm Pride, told The Local.

Ehne stressed that Stockholm Pride is a non-profit association consisting of many members, and that it aims to be a safe community for its members.

“Their politics are built on racist grounds, and these grounds usually include homophobia. We do not want to give our platform to a party which works against us throughout the year. And our members need to feel safe,” Ehne concluded.

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Therefore it seems clear that Pride Järva has been specifically designed to antagonise a minority, or indeed, as Noah Nord and Emelie Mårtensson say, to target not one oppressed group but two. Just as with Charlie Hebdo, the creators had the right to draw Mohammed. But since then, with the proliferation of ‘draw Mohammed cartoon contests’ – usually with Geert Wilders in attendance – these events are concocted by bigots hoping for a negative if not violent reaction, in order to vindicate their own prejudices about Muslims.

Those of us on “the pathetic Left” must condemn homophobia, just as we must condemn all types of intolerance – including that towards Muslims. It is not exactly difficult to understand why we sympathise with and feel the need to defend Muslims living in the West: because they are marginalised members of society and are becoming increasingly more so.

It is evident – though it is not mentioned by politicians nor covered by the media – that the real problem facing Europe comes from the far-right, not the so-called ‘Muslim threat’.