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A PRO-Assad rally in Damascus, Syria, 3/29/11,

by Joe Giambrone  

The big lie concerning Syria is the most significant and outrageous myth that we are living under today.  As previous big lies fade into history, this particular crisis holds the most potential to flare up into a life-ending catastrophe across the planet.  Russia has now approved a shipment of attack helicopters to their ally Syria, and China remains highly skeptical of the western narrative regarding the massacre of women and children in Houla.  Iran has offered to come to the aid of Assad in fighting the various Sunni militias, which have opened up multiple fronts across rural parts of the country.

In Military-Industrial-Media-Speak the president of Syria, Bashar Assad, is a "butcher" who massacres his own people, defenseless "activists" and "protesters" who cry out for his ouster across Syria; if only the benevolent western democracies would send more weapons and money to destroy the Syrian army, on their behalf, the world would be right again.  This lie has been exposed numerous times, and yet persists as if previous revelations had never occurred.  This requires a gullible, amnesic public that refuses to dig beyond surface headlines and corporate perception management.

Armed foreign fighters have been perpetrating a coordinated military assault on Syria since March of 2011

Back in the middle of March, 2011, while the world's press was enraptured by the uprising in Egypt, clashes in Daraa, Syria led to violence.  Not covered by US news sources, but reported in Israel and Lebanon, are the following facts on the ground: 

Seven police officers and at least four demonstrators in Syria have been killed in continuing violent clashes that erupted in the southern town of Daraa last Thursday" On Friday police opened fire on armed protesters killing four and injuring as many as 100 others"  In an uncharacteristic gesture intended to ease tensions the government offered to release the detained students, but seven police officers were killed, and the Baath Party Headquarters and courthouse were torched, in renewed violence on Sunday. (Gavriel Queenann, Syria: Seven Police Killed, Buildings Torched in Protests, Israel National News, Arutz Sheva, March 21, 2011, emphasis added)

Jump ahead to May of 2011 (13 months ago), and Al Jazeera's reporter in Lebanon runs into blatant censorship by his own employer.  The Qatari media organization disallows the broadcast of video footage showing heavily-armed fighters crossing the border from Lebanon into Syria.  Ali Hashem and other journalists at Al Jazeera, Lebanon, will resign in protest because of this blatant cover-up of a military incursion.  Al Jazeera's reputation as an impartial news source is forever damaged. A terror campaign then launches, by the armed opposition fighters, who use bombs, snipers and sabotage.

7/24/11 -- Saboteurs blow up and derail a passenger train from Aleppo, Syria

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8/14/11 -- Report that NATO plans to send large quantities of anti-tank and anti-air rockets, mortars and heavy machine guns to the Syrian rebels

12/23/11  - Syrian government blames al-Qaida after two car bombs kill dozens in Damascus

By December of 2011 Reuters reports: 

"The United Nations says at least 4,000 people have died, with about a quarter of the dead from the security forces." (Reuters UK , Dec. 8, 2011, emphasis added)

That's some so-called "protest movement" that can kill 1,000 armed police and soldiers.  Of course it was nothing of the kind.  Protest was the premeditated cover story to launch an aggressive, pre-planned assault against the Assad regime. Western news media have relied extensively on the impressively named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. This steadfast organization, according to Reuters, consists of one guy who runs a clothing shop in Coventry, England.  For some reason calling one's self the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights entices the world's corporate press to call in 24 hours a day seeking counsel.  That's how it's worked out so far for Rami Abdulrahman.

Perhaps I should set up the American Monitoring Station of International Bullshit?  The US press clearly needs the guidance.  Even this week the Christian Science Monitor used Rami Abdulrahman as a "source" of what's happening on the ground in Syria, printing his speculation as an eyewitness account.  He lives in London.

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"[Rami Abdulrahman] said the use of tanks and attack helicopters to smash residential buildings and city infrastructure indicated they wanted to destroy areas, not just chase out rebels." (CS Monitor,  UN Monitors find stench of death in Syrian town, 6/14/2012)

The CS Monitor is forced to concede further escalating violence by the rebels as well, even as its language attempts to paint the Syrian government as the party most responsible, relying on unverifiable "activists" repeatedly.

 "Car bombings and suicide bombings have become increasingly common as the 15-month uprising against Assad becomes militarized [sic]. Most have targeted security buildings and police buses, symbols of Assad's regime."

The big lie that the "militarization" of the conflict is new gets repeated across western media.  The insurgents have targeted government buildings and personnel back in March of 2011.  Despite bombings and shootings being commonplace in Syria for well over one year, the western press continually insists that it is just now becoming militarized.  This refrain appears in most U.S. news coverage of Syria.

Operation Syria Well Underway 

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Joe, Great article with all of your sources clearl... by Douglas Jack on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:59:44 AM
It turns intelligent people into stupid, informati... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 9:53:42 PM
My sources are cited.  You provide nothing. &... by Joe Giambrone on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:05:54 PM
I prefer to let them prove themselves. Of course ... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:45:18 PM
If you want to learn about Egypt, Tunisia and othe... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 12:25:45 AM
You "know everything". But, of course, "you have n... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 9:22:17 AM
Reply: As I said "You "know everything". But, ... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 1:35:18 PM
The US stirred Egypt in order to get the Muslim Br... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 5:25:19 PM
The US knows all, controls all. People don't get f... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 6:43:21 PM
and mischaracterize.  And yes, I do find falc... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 6:56:40 PM
You start your sensational story about the Big Lie... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 7:32:05 PM
The blue background wouldn't go away.  Quotes... by Joe Giambrone on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 1:17:53 PM
This is the least important of your many errors.... by BFalcon on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 9:56:41 PM
for you, Mr Joe.... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 10:14:25 PM
which has already been sent on to the webmaster. &... by Joe Giambrone on Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:08:03 PM
"Clearly Russia and China, India, Venezuela and Cu... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 12:02:01 AM
Though your article recieved little positive comme... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 12:22:40 AM
I never made any moral defense of the regime. &nbs... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 12:34:19 AM
I've looked and looked for "two of the main govern... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 6:18:59 AM
The thread above reveals  a deep contradictor... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 7:53:44 AM
Believe me, I want suffering alleviated wherever i... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 9:37:19 AM
I don't think that  Iraq massacre can be cons... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 2:00:55 PM
bring some sanity into the picture here. As t... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 3:16:44 PM
"1 archaic : a prolonged discourse 2: a bitter a... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:58:05 PM
For suggestion of humanitarian aid. But no neutra... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 5:14:55 PM
"To the best of our knowledge and ability we shoul... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 7:13:55 PM
Than you can imagine. I personally knew quite a fe... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 7:52:54 PM
Falcon, Trying a dictator doesn't make sense whe... by Lynne Kringler on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 3:52:00 AM
Joe, "However, I have seen the planes attacking ci... by Joe Giambrone on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 10:10:53 AM
Are "unverifiable" because they are and this is ho... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 12:54:49 PM
This article is a response to the one-sided propag... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 7:34:48 PM
First get to know the truth. What you have is jus... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 7:56:02 PM
You say the Germans "accuse" (based on Russian rep... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 8:22:25 PM
listen, for once: Of course foreign powers are try... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 8:40:34 PM
Dear Trolls,It's not about me.  Really.  ... by Joe Giambrone on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 9:22:59 PM
So, let us continue: "The voice of the empire, The... by BFalcon on Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:44:50 PM
DOCUMENTARY FILM (FREE ON YOUTUBE)WHAT I'VE LEARNE... by Joe Giambrone on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 11:50:15 AM
Your other work better than what you did here.... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 12:57:17 PM
US Attempting to Trigger Full Proxy War in Syriaby... by Joe Giambrone on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 3:26:23 PM
Here's what a balanced report looks like, without ... by Jim Arnold on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 9:05:09 PM
I remember the Balkans war for years dragging on w... by Martin Cohen on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 7:34:37 PM
A lot of it is just knee-jerk opposition to anythi... by Jim Arnold on Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:24:18 PM
OsamagateMartin,This "theory" as you put it includ... by Joe Giambrone on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:40:04 PM
When you say "the preponderance of evidence sugges... by Jim Arnold on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 8:31:24 PM
Hey Joe,I'm really no fan or US Foreign Policy - t... by Martin Cohen on Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 6:30:53 AM
"A number of the groups and individuals directly i... by Joe Giambrone on Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:35:36 PM
You still seem to be imagining that someone here d... by Jim Arnold on Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 at 1:23:44 AM