Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Role of the Media in Creating the Syrian Crisis

The telling of the story of Syria remains incomplete without going through the role of the media and international organizations.  This means primarily the intelligence agencies, the military complexes, and some NGOs which are influenced and directed by the latter.

In this chapter I will describe some behaviors of these entities.

The role that these organizations played in the Syrian tragedy is not small. In one way or another, the behavior of these organizations is responsible for the massacre. It is the deadly part of the story. All other things which the media focused on were either distraction or the result of the behavior of these bodies. Without these organizations, the amount of Syrian bloodshed would not have reached such a horrible level.

But do I believe in the conspiracy or not?[1]

Well, here is how I see it: It is not most important to decide whether there is a conspiracy or not. No matter if events are part of a conspiracy or not, humanity urgently needs to be aware of the behavior of these organizations.
Most important, the Syrian tragedy is not the last episode of this bloody series. It was not the first one either. The behavior of these organizations keeps multiplying the tragedy into unlimited copies. It is like a complicated product which needs a long time to be designed and manufactured. However once it starts to function, it quickly produces thousands of similar pieces in rapid succession. This is how it appears to me when I watch these organizations multiply what happened in Syria.  It spreads to other countries like Yemen, Venezuela, Jordan, etc. The Syrian tragedy itself was an updated version of the Iraq war and before that the Afghan war.

The Behavior of Syrian and Arabic Speaking Media

The Arabic speaking media polarized the Syrian nation telling completely different stories about the nature of the conflict. The opposition media talked about freedom, revolution, democracy, or the right of the Sunni majority to govern Syria. Meanwhile the media of  Assad’s regime was talking about the global conspiracy against the regime. Each party got tremendous support from its allies. The regime’s media was backed by the media sources of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. There were unlimited mercenary writers.  These journalists were reporting to the Arabic speaking and international media. The landscape on the other side was not different. Media channels like Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and others played a big role in preparing the Syrian crowds for the revolution. This role continued throughout the years of the revolution. These media channels chose the representatives of the Syrian opposition and their speakers.
Again, I am not going to go through the question as to whether these channels acted as a part of a previous plan or if their acts were just a normal response to the events and circumstances. However, I might mention that the story of a polarizing media didn’t start in 2011, but instead many years before that. 
The British Broadcasting Corporation BBC[2] produced a documentary covering the phenomena of the spread of sectarian TV channels. The documentary concluded that most of these TV channels were supported and financed by unknown or ambiguous founders and contributors. These TV channels are responsible for the bloodshed in Syria and many other Muslim countries.
The report stated that: “The most provoking channels produce not only from Arabic countries, rather from Great Britain […]. We observed the existence of tens of Islamic TV Channels […] Their content can’t be broadcasted, it is provoking […]
The BBC team could find 120 religious TV Channels, 20 of them which broadcast provoking content. The report investigated a couple of them which are:
-          Alanwar 2 TV channel, a Shiite TV Channel. It invites the Shiite to fight in Syria against the Sunnis. The offices of this channel exist somewhere in an unknown location in Baghdad. An Alanwar executive refused to name the contributors or the financier.  [Al Anwar TV is a Shiite TV Channel which was founded 2004 and broadcast from London, its headquarters is in Kuwait and has offices in Syria, the United States, Lebanon and Iran).
-          Ahl Al Bait TV Channel. This also is a Shiite TV Channel which collects money from Iraq and broadcasts from United States. Its founder is Hasan Allah Yari, an Afghani Shiite cleric who resides in San Diego, California.  He is accused of  having connections with the C.I.A[3].
-          Safa TV. A Sunni TV Channel that broadcasts from Egypt. The BBC journalist met one of Safa’s moderators and accompanied him in his “Jeep Cherokee” car to the Channel headquarters. Safa is considered one of the best equipped channels. The Safa moderator considers the Shiite doctrine a fake ideology created and financed throughout the history by Jews. The finance of Safa TV –according to the BBC journalist- is covered with the utmost secrecy. However, the BBC’s investigations led to that the director and financier of the channel is actually a Kuwaiti businessman called Khaled Al Osaimi. He refused to meet the BBC team.
-          Fadak TV Channel is located in very a luxurious neighborhood in the UK. The director of the Channel, the Shiite cleric Yasser Al Habib, bought an ex-church building for one million English pounds. He changed it into a mosque/TV channel studio which broadcasts 24 hours.
-          Wesal is a Saudi TV Channel founded in 2009. It also has a branch in the UK. However, it broadcasts in the Persian language, targeting the Iranian masses. It is financed by Saudi and Kuwaiti money. It encourages the Iranians to revolt against their regime and topple it.
The documentary skipped reporting about one of the most influential preachers in the Syrian playground, Adnan al-Arour:
“whose fiery blasts beam across two Saudi-owned Salafist satellite channels, as a bigoted ghoul. Especially damning was footage in which the sheikh rose, shook a warning finger at the camera and vowed to “grind the flesh” of pro-regime Alawites and ‘feed it to the dogs’ […]
The channels where Mr Arour has appeared devote most of their airtime to attacking Shia Islam. His dismissal of Kurdish claims for greater autonomy risked alienating a valuable component of the anti-regime front.” [4].
Al-Arour didn’t stop at preaching and splitting the Syrian community. His role went even further.  He supervised the military operations and the financing of the opposition extremist factions.
“he starred at a rare gathering of commanders from rebel military councils, showed how popular he is among the fighters. Yet it is not just the surge in religiosity among Syrian Sunnis that gives him his cachet. Mr Arour has been a vociferous and effective fund-raiser in the Gulf.”[5]

Thanks to the role of these media channels, Syrians who lived together for decades ended up as complete strangers. In a few months the anti and pro-Assad Syrians became enemies and couldn’t trust or believe each another anymore. This plan was applied again in the opposition areas based on ethnic, ideological or sectarian factors. This was how the extremist areas were made to be so different from the moderate ones. The ultra-extremists started to defect from the less extremist ones and attack them. The Kurdish opposition didn’t want to stay in sync with the Arab Opposition. The media worked on splitting these groups into smaller ones based on tribal, regional and other bases.

The Behavior of the Western Media

Throughout the years of the Syrian crisis, the mainstream media explained the western failure as just a series of accidental mistakes, mere confusion and a lack of experience. This sounds to me simply not convincing. The western intelligence agencies have demonstrated a high performance level in many other events. It reached a very sophisticated level of organization and knowledge decades ago. Further, unintentional confusion can’t continue for many years like it did in the Syrian case and other similar cases like in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and others. The bill of each of these failures is estimated to be millions of victims. It is mysterious when these intelligence agencies become suddenly helpless and amateur.

Sibel Edmonds, the Ex-FBI agent illustrated this phenomenon when she described a similar case while she was employed by the FBI:   
“Yassin Al Kadi was one of our guys, CIA guys, with the Turkish Network together, having these terrorist related operations going on. But every time FBI wanted to go and snatch the guy, the State Department and the CIA would step in and they wouldn't let it happen. Then we had 9/11 taking place, and this was when we had Robert Wright coming out talking about it and saying: “they stopped the investigation”, the United States government. We had one of the financers. Okay? And they didn't let us pursue him. They didn't let us capture him. So, by this time Al Kadi was actually declared, even by the United States, that yes, he was in fact the financier. But, even after he was declared they gave him, the United States government, enough time to pack his stuff and go to Albania. It was like “oops” too late we can't catch Al- Kadi he's gone. So he continued his operation. Again, This is the operation Gladio B, with the Turkish operatives in Central Asia, in Caucasus out of Albania. Then, of course they dragged their foot. This is the United States State Department worldwide declared him as the financier of 9/11 and a wanted man. And they said oh he's in Albania and we are going to request Albanians to turn him over. We have his address everything right? Well they made sure it took about two weeks between the time they asked requested Albania until he actually went to Turkey. And again in Albania he had Albanian passport. In Turkey he was already a Turkish, resident there. So he left Albania and U.S. said “oops” we couldn't catch him in Albania. He is not there any longer. He is in Turkey. So the United States told Turkey, they said (you know, knock knock, wink wink): “we want you to give this guy's back. We want him here. He is one of the top financers of 9/11.  And we know that the in Turkey you don't even take a piss without the green light and permission from the United States. Turkey, for the first time ever, told the United States: “we don't have extradition treaty with you, and he hasn't violated any Turkish laws. We are tough. We are a very tough nation and we're not gonna hand him over to you.” and the United States said: "oh okay" and the case ended. Now Al Kadi, actually he has ownership in several banks in Turkey including in Cyprus. And meanwhile he's going to Azerbaijan and again we covered the stuff at Zawahiri. You're looking at the same operation team, you're looking at. And he stayed there for years okay? and meanwhile he's also travelling globally not only to Azerbaijan. He's going to London for his business matters.
And he got some top attorneys and basically told the United Nation: “you need to undeclared me as a terrorist”. So the United Nations took him off the list and U.S. basically covered up this whole thing. How could this guy in Turkey running this operation which is for United States for the CIA operations in Central Asia and Caucasus and the issue was completely covered up? As you know, the media here in U.S. never really covered Al Kadi. You won't find more than handful of articles. And suddenly, lo’ and behold with Erdogan they leaked the fact that, here are the pictures of Erdogan’s sons getting into this ten or 20 million dollar deal with Al Kadi, the al Qaeda top financier. Here is the partnership between this member of our own family and Al Kadi who is Al Qadea's top financier. And that's exactly what we are seeing."[6]

During the Syrian crisis years, the mainstream media overwhelmed their followers with daily reports and explanations similar to the above story narrated by Sibel Edmond. I would call this kind of narrative “the oops” effect. It is a modern generation of manipulation and one of the most dangerous tools used by the media to distract the crowds from what is really going on. 

Doubting such a narrative might lead to thinking about a conspiracy. A conspiracy theory seems sometimes very stupid. However, insisting to believe all these “oops” and abstaining from posing any question about them seem to me even more stupid than thinking of the conspiracy theory way.

The “oops” way of manipulation is the exact inversion of “Aha effect”. Only when we reject believing these frequent “oops”, we might get to the “Aha” effect and start to understand what is going on.

[1] In this section I will try to get free of the fear of being accused of being a conspiracy theorist or a fan of some conspiracy theory. I will tell my interpretation freely. For the readers who suffer a severe allergy in regard to any conspiratorial thinking: You have got a full explanation and facts in the first half of the book. This part I will devote for my own interpretations of these facts.
During my journey of writing this book, some friends criticized me because I skipped mentioning the “family who controls the world.” Others doubted the credibility of the book because I deliberately avoided mentioning the “one organization that controls the whole world” or the role of the “small religious country which controls the world.” Other critics were on the opposite side. They criticized that I write in such a way that gives the impression that I am a conspiracy theorist and advised me to change my style.
Throughout many discussions about the Syrian issue I kept coming to the same conclusion.  A “conspiracy theory” is an issue which can neither be proved nor denied. It is like the question: “Does God exist or not?” I will not overload my small book going into such a question and I will leave to the reader read to interpret my observations in the way that fits their “beliefs.”

The reader can explain these observations as “accidental” or that “events happened according to the nature of things.” I would also never mind if any conspiracy theorist took my observations to prove their theories and complete the missing part of the story (according to them), telling the readers about the one family/organization/country who rules the world. All I want to say is that this book is devoted to the events that I experienced and were in my research area. I mentioned to the reader in the beginning of the book that the book wouldn’t tell the Syrian story from A-Z. I don’t think that any one book can do that. Let's say that this book only tells the story from O to P.  Any work that tells the story before O or after P would be great.

[5] ibid
[6] https://youtu.be/q32-2sMzrWw
[7] Read the Guardian article “How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish:
The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.”
Refer also to the book: “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War” by James Risen, pp 2015 ISBN: 978-0544570351

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