Is resettling a terrorist front group in the West a good idea?
By Philip Giraldi
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When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group? Apparently the answer is that it ceases to be terrorist when it terrorizes someone who is an enemy of the United States. The most prominent recent example is the Mujaheddin e Khalq (MEK), a murderous Iranian cult which assassinated five Americans in the 1970s as part of its campaign against the Shah’s government. It was removed from the State Department terrorist list in 2012 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after it had promised not to kill any more Americans but really because it had bought the support of prominent politicians to include Elaine Chao, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, and John Bolton.
It also had the behind the scenes endorsement of both the Israeli Mossad and CIA, both of whom have been using it in their operations to kill Iranians and damage the country’s infrastructure. Someone high up in the federal government, perhaps Hillary or even President Obama himself, must have decided that terrorists who kill only Iranians deserve a get out of jail free card from the State Department.
There are other examples of cynical doublespeak from the Syrian conflict, including labeling rebels against the Damascus government “freedom fighters” when in reality they were as often as not allied with the al-Qaeda affiliated group Al-Nusra or even with ISIS. Frequently they received training and weapons from Washington only to turn around and either join Al-Nusra and ISIS as volunteers or surrender their weapons to them.
But perhaps there is no bigger fraud making the rounds than the so-called White Helmets. The recent media coverage derives from the documentary The White Helmets, which was produced by the group itself and tells a very convincing tale promoted as “the story of real-life heroes and impossible hope.” It is a very impressive piece of propaganda, so much so that it has won numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Documentary Short last year and the White Helmets themselves were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
More to the point, however, is the undeniable fact that the documentary has helped shape the public understanding of what is going on in Syria, describing the government in Damascus in purely negative terms.
The fawning Hollywood and Congressional depictions of the group go something like this:
Virtually all the mainstream media coverage of the White Helmets is bogus, but by far the most ridiculous account of the Exodus from Syria came from the BBC. For those who are not familiar with it, the BBC, which once upon a time had a reputation for journalistic integrity, has become one of the worst pro-government propaganda shills of all time. Reading its articles is even worse that having a similar go at The Washington Post, which is the prime newspaper exemplar of fake news and phony journalism pretending to be a respectable news source in the United States. Let’s face it, Donald Trump has a point. Nearly all of the mainstream media lies persistently these days but some sources are worse than others. People complain about Fox, and rightly so, but CNN is the absolute pits when it comes to slanting its coverage, as is MSNBC.
BBC’s article is entitled Syria conflict: White Helmets evacuated by Israel. It makes the following statements, many coming directly from Israeli official sources, regarding the White Helmets, its activities and the group’s relationship to some governments, to include Britain:
The BBC story could have been written by the White Helmets themselves or by their press department. Or alternatively by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. First of all, the Israelis do not do humanitarian gestures. They helped bail out the White Helmets at the request of the U.S. because capture by the Syrians would have produced embarrassing revelations about how the group was funded and what its affiliation with terrorists was all about. And Israel’s denial of involvement in Syria is nonsense, unless one considers demonstrated collaboration with the terrorist groups punctuated by nearly weekly bombing and missile attacks to be non-involvement.
The British too are into the deception up to their eyeballs. The comment by Hunt and Mordaunt is complete fabrication regarding what the White Helmets represent. The same goes for the BBC account of how the group developed, which comes directly from the White Helmet’s own propaganda division as amplified by Hollywood and the U.S. and U.K. governments.
Just as important as what is said about the White Helmets’ activities is the exclusion of a great deal of credible negative reporting on the group. The carefully edited scenes of heroism under fire that have been filmed and released worldwide conceal the White Helmets’ relationship with the al-Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra and its participation in the torture and execution of “rebel” opponents. Indeed, the White Helmets only operate in rebel held territory, which enables them to shape the narrative both regarding who they are and what is occurring on the ground.
Exploiting their access to the western media, the White Helmets thereby de factobecame a major source of “eyewitness” news regarding what was going on in those many parts of Syria where European and American journalists were quite rightly afraid to go. It was all part of a broader largely successful “rebel” effort to manufacture fake news that depicts the Damascus government as engaging in war crimes directed against civilians, an effort that led to several attacks on government forces and facilities by the U.S. military.
The White Helmets travel to bombing sites with their film crews trailing behind them. Once at the sites, with no independent observers, they are able to arrange or even stage what is filmed to conform to their selected narrative which consistently promotes tales of government atrocities against civilians to encourage outside military intervention in Syria and bring about regime change in Damascus. The White Helmets were, for example, the propagators of the totally false but propagandistically effective claims regarding the government use of so-called “barrel bombs” against civilians.
Peter Ford, British Ambassador in Damascus from 2003-2006, recently described the group in an audio interview saying,
He noted particularly the large size of the organization’s “press department”, saying,
The group is currently largely funded by a number of non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as governments, including the United States, Britain and some European Union member states. The U.S. has directly provided $23 million through the USAID (US Agency for International Development) as of 2016 and almost certainly considerably more indirectly. Max Blumenthal has explored in some detail the various funding resources and relationships that the organization draws on, mostly in Europe and the United States.
Perhaps the most serious charge against the White Helmets consists of the evidence that they actively participated in the atrocities, to include torture and murder, carried out by their al-Nusra hosts. There have been numerous photos of the White Helmets operating directly with armed terrorists and also celebrating over the bodies of execution victims and murdered Iraqi soldiers. The group’s jihadi associates regard the White Helmets as fellow “mujahideen” and “soldiers of the revolution.”
So Israel’s celebrated rescue of the White Helmets was little more than a theatrical performance intended to perpetuate the myth that the al-Assad government was thwarted in an attempt to capture and possibly kill an honorable non-partisan group engaged in humanitarian relief for those caught up in a bloody conflict seeking to oust a ruthless dictator. The reality is quite different. The White Helmets were and are part and parcel of the attempt to overthrow a legitimate government and install a regime friendly to western, American and Israeli interests. For Israel in particular the ongoing chaos in Syria was and is part of its plan for dividing all of its neighbors into warring ethnicities and sects, making them less viable as threats to the Jewish state.
The 800 White Helmets rescued reportedly will be resettled in the U.S., Britain and Germany. One hopes those coming to America can end up in Los Angeles, where they would presumably mingle with Hollywood big shots and the usual snowflakes while working on their next documentary. As some of them are most certainly radical Jihadists, it will be interesting to observe exactly how that will play out.
This article was originally published on The Unz Review.
Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is www.councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Giraldi is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
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Who is Graham Hancock? He is the author of multiple international bestsellers, like The Magicians of the Gods, and Fingerprints of the Gods, among others. His books have sold multiple millions of copies worldwide, and are available in more than 25 languages. Obviously, with so many people, including many scholars who are into his work, when you go against the grain of conventional wisdom you’re going to receive harsh criticism from the mainstream. This is especially true if you’ve accumulated and presented evidence in a credible way which challenges the current framework of knowledge.
Graham’s specialty, apart from being a tremendous critical thinker and researcher (which is evident if you’ve read his work), is more so focused on ancient civilizations. Not just standard ancient civilizations, but lost ancient civilizations that are not commonly recognized in mainstream history. His works show that many of these civilizations were extremely advanced in multiple ways, and, in some cases, more intellectually, and possibly, technologically advanced.
It’s truly fascinating to say the least. Graham has written for us in the past and the article linked below is authored by him if you want to get a taste of his work and his sources of information:
A couple of years ago Graham gave a TED talk that went viral titled The War on Consciousness. It’s an interesting title, and the first thing that comes to my mind when reading the title alone is the idea that yes, there is a war on our consciousness, in several different ways.
One would be through mass media, and the manipulation of information. Our external world is constantly beaming us with how we should think, what we should do, how we should live our lives and what is considered real or not.
Another would be through the mass censorship of information.
His TED talk (linked below) simply went against the grain. It’s not that his information and ideas were invalid, it’s simply exploring a topic that is feared by the mainstream. When new information is presented in a credible way that challenges old frameworks of information, harsh responses and actions are always seen.
What we think we know is always changing.
These are the change-makers, the ones who receive so much criticism, yet so much praise at the same time. Clearly, they’re doing something right, and upsetting many authority figures along the way.
Graham, in his banned talk, makes the argument that modern society does not allow us to truly explore our consciousness by making various psychedelic drugs illegal. How this is offensive in the mainstream is understandable, given the fact that psychedelic substances have been banned from research for years. Now, the ban has lifted, and their ability to treat multiple medical disorders, among other things, is starting to come to light.
He makes the point that the fact that society is not openly allowed to explore our own consciousness with complete freedom is wrong.
I can understand his viewpoint, although I do not take psychedelic substances myself, I do believe, just as the scientific research has shown, that they can be very beneficial and that individuals should have the right to explore them if they choose to do so. Who is “the man” to tell us what we can and can’t do with ourselves? Especially in light of evidence showing that they can be used in a non-harmful way, and that they’re really harmful at all
It’s quite odd how the substances which are legal today are much more life threatening and harmful than most illegal ones.
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“There was a concerted effort to discredit me and that is a bit of a conspiracy…When you have academics that write to the BBC and they say, “you must bring this man down”…When they actually say that and the BBC makes a program which is designed to damage my reputation, and that program is then later found to have been unfair by the broadcasting standards commission, something odd is going on here, something a little bit to do with reality control is happening there.” (source)
Graham explained TED and their decision to ban his talk was the result of their belief that he was speaking about “pseudoscientific ideas.” Like most who label information as pseudoscientific, no support was provided to justify that.
Another great example would be non-material science. Despite the fact that it is clearly a scientific undertaking by the most prominent scientists, with a tremendous amount of statistically significant results, non-material science is still shunned, for the most part, in mainstream academic circles. You can read more about that in detail, with specific points, here.
Grahams FULL talk that was banned:
Below, we interview Graham. We also discussed ancient civilizations, psychedelics and more in the full interview.
View the full interview in our Explorers Lounge here.