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Mainstream Media's Propaganda War on Syria and Russia: What You Really Need to Know.

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Contemplate a war with a nation that has 7000 thermonuclear weapons.

If you rely on mainstream corporate media (MSM) as your news source, you are totally in the dark on issues such as Syria and Russia, because MSM has lost its way, and now serves as a mouthpiece for government positions. It is a neocon-controlled propaganda machine, and its role has been reduced to that of a parrot.

That said, if you dig deeper and use reputable sources, you get a dramatically different perspective.

Do you know why the Syrian cease fire between Russia and the US failed? It failed for two reasons: First, the deal required the US to separate the jihadists from the "moderates", and tell the Russians who the "moderates" are, and where are they are, so Russia could continue to pound ISIS and not bomb "moderates". The Russians, as well as everyone else save for MSM, know full well that there are no "moderates", and ultimately the US refused to separate the moderates from the jihadists because it is impossible. MSM does not tell you the main objective of the US and its neocon drivers, has, all along, been the overthrow of Assad by any means, including using jihadist child beheaders to further their goal. We have not conducted a serious war on the "terrorists", but in many cases we have armed them and assisted them in different ways, such as "accidentally" dropping them arms and supplies.

The second reason for the failure of the cease fire was the US attack on the Syrian military base that killed 83 Syrian soldiers, allowing Jihadist terrorists to immediately overrun that base. This, in the eyes of many, was no "accident", for the battle lines at that camp had been unchanged for over one year. US drones circled the area daily, and the US uses sophisticated guidance-assisted bombs that can be exactingly precise. This was not another of the many "accidental" bombings, an excuse the US has hidden behind on many occasions. It appears this was intentional. Either Obama knew of this, or he was defied and overruled by someone who gave the order to bomb the base as a way of sabotaging the "cease fire". It is common knowledge, not in MSM, but in informed circles, that there are those pushing hard to create an escalation of events with Russia, and using any means possible to overthrow Assad.

The neocons, and war-party leaders like Clinton, are calling for a no-fly zone. But MSM did not report the ominous warnings of General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who appeared before Congress and was asked about the possibility of a no-fly zone. His tone was ominous as he said: "For now, for us to control all the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war with Syria and Russia,... That's a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I'm not going to make."

Contemplate a war with a nation that has 7000 thermonuclear weapons. No one in their right mind would want this, yet if you read reliable sources, you see just how close we are to this holocaust. MSM is, of course, completely silent on the impending catastrophe while discussing the latest in the Kardashian family and name-calling between Clinton and Trump.

Basic questions, never asked by MSM, need answers. What gives the US the right to decide who should rule or not rule Syria? (Hint--None.) What legal right does the US have to bomb Syria? (Hint--None.) Russia, on the other hand, was the only power invited by the government of Syria to help fight ISIS.

Dr Nabil Antaki, a doctor based in the Syrian government-held western sectors of Aleppo, said in a recent interview: "From our perspective the Russian intervention was extremely beneficial and they have the full support of the Syrian people, which contradicts the western narrative. The west accuses Russia of targeting not only the terrorist groups but also the 'moderate rebels'. Russia has been very successful in bombing the Islamic State groups so the west is trying to slow their progress by claiming they are targeting the non-terrorist groups and accusing Russia of aiding Bashar instead of targeting DAESH."

If Assad is the devil incarnate as preached by MSM, how does MSM or the US government, now one in the same, justify the following?

A British poll, done by ORB International, finds that 82% of Syrians blame the U.S. for ISIS.

Early 2012, a poll showed 55 percent of Syrians wanted their President to stay.

Internal NATO study (dated June 2013), shows 70% of Syrians support President Bashar al-Assad.

In 2014, Assad won a landslide victory (88%) in the country's first multi-party presidential election.

A poll in July 2015 showed that 47% of Syrians thought Assad had a positive influence on matters in Syria.

And only 9% of the US public has any confidence in our own US Congress, and both Clinton and Trump are more distrusted by the US public than Assad is by Syrians.

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