Syria – the A or B story?
The battle for your mind is waged over many issues but nowhere is the contrast between reality (A) and fiction (B), more stark than in the stories for war/regime change.
[I recommend this post to all who voted for war on Syria! — BL]
We have seen it time and time again throughout modern history: from US interference in Latin America beginning in the late 19th century, through Britain’s justification for war on Germany twice in the 20th century, to the wars of the 21st century. We saw it in Afghanistan (9/11), Iraq (WMD) and Libya (R2P). Ukraine may yet escape a full on civil war but the vicious conflict in the east of the country began with the US backed coup d’état on the pretext of false flag sniper killings in the Maidan.
Syria, the current work-in-progress, is not dissimilar; claims that Assad was dropping barrel bombs on the civilian population provoked outrage and justification for the subsequent war for regime change via NATO’s proxy, ISIS, supported by aerial bombing and NATO special forces on the ground.
Tim Anderson’s forthcoming book The Dirty War on Syria sets out to document the A story and expose the B story of the Syrian conflict.
The Dirty War on Syria By Tim Anderson
Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. The British-Australian journalist Philip Knightley pointed out that war propaganda typically involves ‘a depressingly predictable pattern’ of demonising the enemy leader, then demonising the enemy people through atrocity stories, real or imagined (Knightley 2001). Accordingly, a mild-mannered eye doctor called Bashar al Assad became the new evil in the world and, according to consistent western media reports, the Syrian Army did nothing but kill civilians for more than four years. To this day, many imagine the Syrian conflict is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or some sort of internal sectarian conflict. These myths are, in many respects, a substantial achievement for the big powers which have driven a series of ‘regime change’ operations in the Middle East region, all on false pretexts, over the past 15 years.
The likes of Hilary Benn (whose father was fiercely anti-imperialist) may spout “disingenuous” bullshit” but as the contradiction between A and B becomes harder to ignore, even by those enslaved to the BBC and western media, more people are awaking from induced ignorance.
As the scales fall from our eyes, revealing the truth, the shackles of our enslavement rot and disintegrate. George Orwell exposed the generic “B” story; Critical Thinking’s analysis reveals the fundamental flaws embedded in the political economy which concentrate power in the hands of those promoting the B story. It is up to us all to engage with the “A” story to take that power away from the warmongers.
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