Consortium News has published an article by Robert Parry entitled "Tangled Threads Of US False Narratives" about the outright misinformation preached by Washington regarding the Middle East and Russia. The article was retitled "Barrel Bombs and Bullshit" by the less than reverent Zerohedge.com. It is worth reading not because it confirms the SST accepted wisdom (The Borg) but because it examines the hypocrisy of the mainstream media in more detail. It also comes to the same conclusion; departing too far from reality in relations between nuclear armed States risks frying the plane
One way to view Official Washington is to envision a giant bubble that serves as a hothouse for growing genetically modified “group thinks.” Most inhabitants of the bubble praise these creations as glorious and beyond reproach, but a few dissenters note how strange and dangerous these products are. Those critics, however, are then banished from the bubble, leaving behind an evermore concentrated consensus.
This process could be almost comical – as the many armchair warriors repeat What Everyone Knows to Be True as self-justifying proof that more and more wars and confrontations are needed – but the United States is the most powerful nation on earth and its fallacious “group thinks” are spreading a widening arc of chaos and death around the globe.
In a less than joyful vein, I am sorry to announce that the good old Australian Broadcasting Commission (Public Radio) has also "drunk the Kool Aid". My morning coffee was soured by reading this think piece by a purported ABC Middle East correspondent blaming President Assad for the rise of IS - a classic R2P harpy if ver there was one.
"The Syrian conflict continues with no end in sight and as long as the West fails to act against the Assad government, Islamic State will continue to flourish, writes Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill.
It is a war that has now lasted five years and killed a quarter of a million people, while 10 million have fled their homes.
This week, Syrian government warplanes dropped four rockets on a crowded marketplace in Douma, just outside the capital Damascus. killing over 100 people.
Just a few hours after the attack, I sat in the ABC Middle East bureau and watched camera phone footage of its immediate aftermath.
It was horrific. A desperate man rushed through the dust, carrying a bloodied child over his shoulder.
Dozens of dead bodies lay on the ground amongst blown out buildings and destroyed market stalls.
The children are the worst part. Their tiny bodies caught up in a horrific game the adults have been playing.
The United Nations said 111 civilians were killed in the airstrikes and at least 200 injured.
For its part, the Syrian military did not deny it had launched airstrikes on the town that day — it told news agencies they were targeting a rebel group called Islam army that has been staging rocket attacks on Damascus.
But there was no doubt this was a civilian target — a market. There was a surreal number of tomatoes strewn amongst the dead…….
……..Mr Assad's unpunished crimes in Syria have been, and continue to be, a huge recruitment tool for the terrorists.
They are fighting to overthrow Mr Assad's regime and every time he commits another massacre it is a PR win for them.
The video I watched, of the children killed in the market, was the same kind of video that has inspired many young foreign fighters to go and join IS…….".
Sophie has a conveniently short and highly selective memory.
These are the morons we are up against. Read it provided you can avoid vomiting.