Former MI6 intelligence operative and creator of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, praised Canada's initiative and singled out Wettlauger for praise. "Robin has been absolutely extraordinary; "the drive, the galvanization came from Canada," Le Mesurier told the Globe and Mail.
As time passed, another individual was revealed to have been at the forefront of the Canada-led campaign. In October 2018, the Globe and Mail ran another story identifying Irwin Cotler's role in the operation.
Renowned international human-rights lawyer Irwin Cotler is nominating Syria's famed White Helmets, a group of volunteer humanitarian workers Canada helped rescue from the war-torn country, for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019."
Cotler, the former Liberal minister of justice and attorney general for Canada, was a crucial element in the White Helmets rescue bid and was called upon to broker an agreement for the mission with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Cotler's history and connections reveal a high-profile global player who has consistently defended Israel's appalling human-rights record in Palestine and is a tireless promoter of the responsibility to protect doctrine or R2P.
R2P is one of the most enterprising propaganda initiatives of the global powers aligned with U.S. supremacy and neo-colonialism. It effectively provides the moral justification to invade or attack any country whose government is deemed repressive toward its people.
Of course, those who decide what countries are repressive are the same ones with a history of militarily subjugating sovereign nations, plundering their resources, and in most cases ultimately reducing the quality of life for those same "repressed people." This, on top of the years or even decades of bloodshed that leave behind depleted uranium and psychological trauma that will affect those "repressed people" for generations once the campaign has succeeded in reducing these nations to failed states.
The R2P doctrine has become one of the most insidious instruments used by global hegemons to manufacture consent for the myriad forever-wars of various intensities that are currently plaguing most regions of the world. It sells the "humanitarian value" of war and obfuscates hidden interests that are the true driver of modern-day colonization projects.
Cotler has hung the R2P Sword of Damocles over the heads of both Syria and Libya. In 2016 he accused Canada of "defaulting" on its responsibility to intervene in Syria, reinforcing the hyperbole used to facilitate another "humanitarian" war:
That doctrine [R2P] says that whenever there is a situation of war crimes and crimes against humanity and, God forbid, genocide, and the country in which it takes place is the author of that criminality, there is a responsibility to intervene and protect the innocent civilians. And I think we have defaulted on that - not just Canada, the international community - with respect to Syria."
In 2011, Cotler argued that intervention in Libya to effectively bring down President Muammar Qaddafi would be a "test case for the UN Security Council and its implementation of the R2P doctrine." History has since revealed that many of those "mass atrocities" so vehemently condemned by Cotler were little more than narratives designed to manufacture consent for the wholesale destruction of Libya by NATO member states.
The reality of Cotler's campaigns for foreign regime change or intervention is that they almost always march in lock-step with neoconservative U.S. foreign policy. His "humanitarian" branding is but a thin veneer of hypocrisy that attempts to conceal his establishment policies - policies that almost always serve the interests of Israel.