FISK OVER-STRETCHES MI6 WAR PROPAGANDA PORTRAYING NATO WAR ON SYRIA AS ‘CIVIL WAR’ BETWEEN SYRIAN ARMY & AL-QAEDA TERRORISTS (WHO ARE BACKED BY UK/FRANCE) (13.06.2015)
Fisk’s latest NATO propaganda which is really still playing catch-up offers nothing new in what is just another snide anti-Syrian government hit piece from the worn out annals of white supremacist colonial war propaganda.
The idea that the NATO War on Syria is a ‘civil war’ between the Syrian Arab Army and the UK & French backed Al-Qaeda terrorists really is stretching colonial war propaganda too far.
I never actually thought I would ever see the day that the lunatics in the British regime would quite so openly support Al-Qaeda, but that has indeed recently been the case, as indeed Fabius has been doing in France.
The wretched Birnberg Peirce (who everyone in our campaign despised for their dishonesty) did indeed represent a jet setting member of Al-Qaeda in Syria on the grounds that he couldn’t be doing anything wrong because he is doing what the British government are doing, instead of the rather obvious legal point which is that what both NATO and their Al-Qaeda terrorists are doing in Syria is...criminal.
Contrary to the NATO propaganda surrounding the refusal to prosecute the Al-Qaeda terrorist in Britain, that was a deliberate attempt by Britain to try and find legal grounds they will never find, to invade Syria, even if that means the British regime admitting they are best friends with Al-Qaeda.
It is just barking.
The British government have frankly transformed Londonistan into an Al-Qaeda love fest reminiscent of their actual closeness to the Nazi regime, that the more you look at the more you see and learn were so obviously acolytes of British colonialism.
Such open collaboration with Al-Qaeda terrorists by European leaders does not bode well for civilians anywhere, because what they are saying is they only intend to get ever more vicious.
Although I may well be wrong, I personally think however that the British regime will have some difficulty selling even their staunchest supporters in Lord Rot’s Daily Mail land the idea of cosying up with Al-Qaeda and al-Nusra.
It obviously has not escaped anyone’s attention that NATO has long been trying to take Aleppo which obviously didn’t really ever miss the sneaky eye of Fisk who is really a NATO spy.
Everyone can only hope that NATO is booted out of Syria sooner rather than later, taking it’s rotten Fisks with it.
One can only sympathize with the Syrian government having to politely put up with such monsters like Fisk without whom NATO really would be lost.
It’s a dangerous equation in the Syrian war that the further you are from Damascus, the more Bashar al-Assad’s regime seems doomed. And the more you drive around the vast area still held by government forces – and I’ve just completed around 1,100 miles of mountains, desert and battle fronts – the more you realise that the war will go on. And on. And that the Syrian army, outgunned and at times frighteningly outnumbered by its Islamist enemies, is not about to collapse.
But here are a few grim facts. Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra are now attacking the Syrian military in rows of suicide trucks, and along fronts so wide that the army often doesn’t have the manpower to withstand them. Rebel logistics are hi-tech and better than the Syrian army’s, and a lot of their communications systems are American. The insurgents have hundreds of anti-armour wire-guided TOW and Milan anti-tank missiles and can afford to fire three – even four – rockets at a single Syrian tank, knocking out its fire-control circuits so that its ammunition explodes and its soldiers are burnt to death.
At Palmyra, in Homs province, between 1,800 and 2,000 Isis fighters were confronted by an army which could not withstand their constant attacks. In the two days before they retreated, Syrian troops smashed their way briefly into forward Isis positions, only to discover piles of “tactical vests” – advanced body armour – thermal missiles, stacks of Muslim prayer books in Russian (apparently belonging to Chechen fighters), enough sidearm ordnance for each rebel to carry 10,000 rounds of ammunition each, and stacks of Snickers chocolate bars. Even Isis, it seems, marches on its stomach.
The Syrian army often finds itself outgunned by the terrorist groups The Syrian army often finds itself outgunned by the terrorist groups
American “experts” talk glibly now of how the Syrian army will make a “planned retreat” to the mountains of the Alawites, the Shia sect of President Assad, and try to keep open the road from Damascus to the Mediterranean coast via Homs.
Syrian “experts” – a lot closer to the battle than the think-tank boyos in Washington – speak of a more political strategy. What the regime must do, they say, is hold on to the major cities in a line from Aleppo south through Hama and Homs to Damascus (Deraa in the south may or may not be included in the plan) and deprive either Nusra or Isis of a potential capital in Syria. Isis’s present capital, Raqqa, is a fag-end of a city in the desert and even Palmyra, symbolic though its loss has been, is no metropolis from which rebels can claim national sovereignty.
But the loss of Aleppo would give them a capital worthy of the name, the largest city in Syria, albeit the second metropolis after Damascus. Thus Aleppo is important, not because the Syrian government must keep it – which it must – but because its enemies must be deprived of it. The newly combined “Army of Conquest”, a Nusra-led and Nusra-cloaked alliance of Islamist satellite groups, is the greatest threat to date. And execution is as important to the rebels as the suicide bomb.
Army sources in Damascus say that 250 army families were taken for execution when Palmyra fell. One of the last government supporters to leave the city showed me a picture he took on his phone, of a smiling little girl, the daughter of an officer, who believed she was safe. “We know her father was slaughtered,” he said. “We don’t know what happened to her.” But as one Syrian officer put it to me last week: “I tell my soldiers that, yes, Isis can kill you – but that you are just as capable of killing Isis.”
No wonder, then, that Iranian military personnel can be found – as I came across them this month – scattered in twos and threes around the battlefield, learning rather than fighting, no doubt tapping into the battle tactics used by their fathers in the titanic eight-year war between Iran and Iraq after Saddam’s 1980 invasion of the Islamic Republic. They are smart, well-educated; one of them, beside fields set alight by shellfire, cheerfully apologised to me in fluent English for not being able to speak. “Wrong place – wrong time!” he laughed.
But the Iranians are in Syria at the right time for Bashar al-Assad, and so are the Afghan Shia fighters brought in from Kabul, some of whom were queuing to visit the Umayyad mosque in Damascus last week, several dressed in military fatigues. With perhaps 50,000 dead, the Syrian army needs men. Conscripted troops now serve indefinitely. And if that army falters or ceases to exist, no other force is capable of holding Syria together. No wonder President Assad uses much of his speechifying [???] to praise the army and its tens of thousands of “martyrs”.
It was thus necessary last week to make a pilgrimage to the Starship Galactica [Fisk is so offensive] foreign ministry in Damascus to listen to Dr Faisal Mekdad – he is a medical doctor as well as deputy foreign minister – to find out just how confident the regime claims to be. How does he feel about the Iranians fighting on his side? And the Lebanese Hezbollah? Or is it true what the American “experts” say, that there is a “planned retreat” to the coast, to cling on to Damascus and Latakia and create a “rump” Syria?
Visiting Dr Mekdad is a bit like going to the dentist. It can be very painful – but you feel better afterwards. Or at least for a while. “It is our right to have anyone fight for us,” he says. “Whoever is ready to come and help us is welcome... The other party is a party of terrorists, and now we have every credible information that the French and the British will go to the EU and say that the Nusra Front is a ‘moderate’ group – they will try to rehabilitate Nusra, even though Nusra is a part of al-Qaeda...
“Of course, losing any small village is a big loss for us. Every square inch of Syria is important to us. But Aleppo is the second major city of Syria and losing it would be a big loss. But we have never – ever – in our [cabinet] meetings doubted that we will hold it. All our strategic planning now is to keep the way open to Aleppo, to allow our forces to defend it.”
That the Syrian cabinet discusses Aleppo is proof of the city’s political as well as military importance – “all our strategic planning” is a dramatic phrase to hear in the mouth of any Syrian minister. I travelled the dangerous main supply route north of Aleppo months ago, with tracer rounds criss-crossing the road from both sides. The highway south can be attacked at any time. Nusra uses mountain bikes to spring out of the desert on lonely checkpoints at night.
“A few months ago,” Dr Mekdad complained, “before direct intervention to help Daesh [Isis] and Nusra by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, we were about to achieve a historic advance. The occupation of Idlib [city] would never have taken place without direct Turkish intervention – thousands of Turks, Chechens, huge forces were brought in, which attacked Idlib and Jisr al-Shugour. When we were preparing to liberate Idlib, we lost Jisr al-Shugour. We have to prepare for losses and gains. This is war.”
Ministers have a habit of saying things like this when the chips are down [the NATO propagandist Fisk disgustingly tries to downplay and 'sidestep' what Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been doing] Bashar al-Assad has said pretty much the same thing. But what Dr Mekdad was to say next was of a different dimension.
“It is clear now that without re-energising the army, reorganising it and enabling its central command to implement all its decisions, then we will not be able to achieve what we are planning to achieve.” Dr Mekdad spoke of new weapons for the army – it sorely needs them to replace the clapped-out Warsaw Pact tanks that litter Syria, however much the minister’s promise was born of hope rather than signed contracts. But Aleppo returned to our conversation like a persistent mosquito.
“I agree when you speak about my cities from the strategic and humanitarian point of view. Yes, Idlib matters, Deir ez-Zour [where Syria’s surrounded army still holds out] matters, Raqqa matters – but they are not as important as Aleppo is. Once you have a strong central presence [in the country], you have every chance that the smaller towns could be brought back naturally, both militarily and politically... but in no way can we sacrifice a millimetre of our territory by ‘prioritising’ – it would absolutely be a big loss if Aleppo was not in our hands. We have confidence we can defend it.”
What was important for the government, Dr Mekdad said, “is whether Syria will survive or not. President Assad has not put himself as the No 1. He will work for Syria – and the most important thing is for Syria to survive.”
This is familiar territory, of course. The country must be reformed through a “political process” – we all know who that involves – or “Syria will be there no more – I am confident that things will not come to the second option. If it comes, many countries in the region will disappear.”
Which is what Bashar al-Assad has been saying since the start of the war. But when I go through my notes of my long journeys across Syria these past days, I come across individual stories. Of the army checkpoints facing armoured vehicles driven by suicide bombers, of the Syrian missiles which can only hit them at 300 yards – too close for the defending soldiers to survive the explosion. Of suicide “packs” of Isis men who fight to the last minute and only then blow themselves up. Of the Syrian MI-35 helicopters which run out of rockets and ammunition before they can destroy all their targets. “Once Isis are close to you, it’s over,” one former Syrian officer remarked bleakly to me. “You must kill them before they get to you. Out-gunned, you don’t have a chance.”
The further you travel from Syria, the more imaginative become the stories to convince you of its destruction. The Americans have done a deal with the Russians to ship Assad off to exile in Moscow. The Iranians will “close down” the Syrian war if the nuclear talks are successful. The Iranians don’t have confidence in the Syrian army. The most extraordinary theory suggests that the “moderate” rebels will destroy both Isis and Assad [Fisk insults people's intelligence by trying to disguise NATO's 'strategy' very obviously involves their NATO terrorists disappearing back into the woodwork should the dirty deed be done]
There is no point in romanticising any side in this war. The government militias and the barrel-bombers and the torture chambers eliminate the use of pink eye-shades.[straight out of the very widely discredited MI6 'Syrian Observatory' manual of NATO war propaganda] But if you have to draw up a list of priorities for the Syrian regime to survive the coming weeks and months, they are easy to identify. It does not involve the Baath Party. Nor, for that matter, President Assad. The answer is simple: the Syrian army. New guns. New tanks. Aleppo.
Fisk is such a horrible old creature with no respect for civilian human life at all.
The world would be so much safer without NATO propagandists leading the charge with their never ending stream of lies, here there and everywhere, that never take a look in the mirror, let alone their own backyard at their own Genocidal leaders, who are the real criminals.
NATO war propaganda is so obvious these days with all it's different forms trying in different ways to cynically guide people towards the same central point of white supremacist NATO Wars.
The most revoltingly lie is that NATO want to 'save' civilians lives anywhere.
Please note: Our long-standing civilian resistance that began on June 2nd 2001 is not a 'news' media outlet. We only publish information to help save civilian lives.