Libya 2.0: Media Hysteria Over Syria `Bombing` City of Aleppo

If tired WMD lies won`t convince the public to back foreign intervention, perhaps recycled lies from Libya?


Libya 2.0: Media Hysteria Over Syria `Bombing` City of Aleppo

by Tony Cartalucci

July 24, 2012 – The Telegraph has reported (emphasis added), “fighter jets have reportedly launched bomb attacks on Syria’s second city of Aleppo, which, if confirmed, would be the first time Assad forces had used war planes against citizens.”

Image: A sole”tweet” from BBC’s Ian Pannell, who has yet to provide any source, evidence, or details regarding his vague claim, immediately made headlines across the Western media.


The claim is based on a single “tweet” from BBC’s Ian Pannell who, after hours of making his his claim that, “fighter jets have bombed eastern #Aleppo city. A significant escalation and perhaps the first time they’ve been used in #Syrian conflict,” has failed categorically to cite his source, provide any evidence of his claims, or provide details of the targets and context of the attacks, if indeed they took place. Yet the Western media “echo chamber” began repeating the story seconds after it was posted, and through this alone it attempted to validate the claim while building momentum behind NATO insinuations.

Image: Taken from an official Defense Department transcript, the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Admiral Michael Mullen both concede they’d seen no confirmation “whatsoever” regarding claims by the corporate media that Libya’s Qaddafi had used airstrikes against his own people. However, this fabrication would be used for very real airstrikes, not by Qaddafi, but by NATO under the guise of the “Responsibility to Protect.” 


Narratives of “brutal dictators” bombing civilians with aircraft have been used before, most notably in Libya where verified lies were told regarding Qaddafi’s use of aircraft against the city of Benghazi. These fabrications were used to justify foreign military intervention and regime change under the guise of a “no-fly zone” to “protect civilians.”

However, the US Department of Defense itself noted that none of these accusations were founded in fact or confirmed in any way, and the Russian government went as far as providing satellite imagery of sites allegedly bombed to show no such strikes were made.

Ironically, NATO’s subsequent “protection of civilians” flattened several cities across the country, slaying thousands of civilians.

Syria’s Violence in Context

The Syrian military cannot, however, rule out the use of airstrikes considering the overt manner in which foreign interests such as the US, Israel, and the Gulf States are increasingly sending heavily armed militants over their borders to destabilize their nation. It must be taken into consideration that FSA militants have been conducting indiscriminate bombings across Syria for months now, and with their latest assassinations and offensive, have shed the ability to play to role of “victim-civilians.”

Image: The West’s “lightly armed” FSA. ABC (Australia) claims this is a picture taken this week of an FSA-seized tank on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. One wonders if this tank was rolling along the outskirts of Washington in the middle of a war, whether or not the US would use airstrikes to neutralize it. 


The West has eagerly described this violence in Syria as a “civil war,” yet has conveniently continued to depict their heavily armed, foreign-backed fighters streaming across Syria’s borders as “citizens” and “civilians,” even as their ties to Al Qaeda and other foreign militant groups become ever more apparent. In fact, Iraqi officials are already linking the recent bombings in their country by Al Qaeda to the same forces and backers of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) in Syria.

Image: Al Jazeera was running this picture along with the description, “Syrian rebels near Aleppo city, as they took much of the formerly loyalist city from the government [EPA].” Heavy weapons can be seen mounted on several of the trucks, and images like this are increasingly common as militants attempt to enter cities like Damascus and Aleppo where there are more cameras, and hiding these weapons from the general public becomes increasingly difficult.


Additionally, despite a repeated mantra by the Western media that the FSA is “lightly armed,” these same media outlets have shown columns of trucks mounted with heavy weapons, and even captured tanks identified as FSA forces. While the US conducts airstrikes on entirely unarmed civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and with Turkey likewise brutalizing its own “rebels” in Kurdish dominated provinces from the air, NATO and its allies attempt to condemn Syria for doing likewise against heavily armed militants like those pictured above.

Fishing for a Pretext

Between lies revolving around distorted statements regarding chemical weapons, fabricated atrocities, and now claims of airstrikes being used upon “civilian populations,” the West is desperately running down the list for a “casus belli” that will stick. The Syrian government, after a year and a half of being undermined by foreign interests and hordes of foreign militants, has maintained both the faith and trust the majority of its population has put into it. If it is deploying airstrikes, it can be assured they are doing so with keeping that faith and trust intact – and as the West often claims in the midst of its military adventures, doing so to minimize as much as possible collateral damage.

Recent attacks by the FSA have aimed at undermining that faith and truth, and militants in the northern city of Aleppo have purposefully moved to the commercial center of the city to draw in the heavy weapons necessary to neutralize them. While the Western press portrays this move toward the center of Aleppo as “progress,” it should be noted that the Syrian military operates out of bases on the city’s outskirts.

This means the further militants push toward the center of the city, the further from engaging the military directly they become. While the FSA claims they are “liberating” Aleppo, even the Western media concedes it is a bastion of government support. This indicates that terrorism, intimidation, and panic, not “liberation” are the FSA’s goals in Aleppo, and that the government is justified to take any measures necessary to stop them.

Conversely, NATO and its allies see Syria’s vigorous defense capabilities as an obstacle to Western-planned regime change – therefore if neutralizing them through covert  means is not possible, they will attempt to neutralize them by declaring them a threat to “civilians,” invoking “Responsibility to Protect,” and initiating foreign military intervention. #


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5 responses to “Libya 2.0: Media Hysteria Over Syria `Bombing` City of Aleppo

  1. Only about 4 days ago, Syrian jets flatten some building where the thugs were hiding and sniping innocent people. These bombs will take out thugs and their weapon cache. Before this Syrian air force were using attack helicopters to fire rockets into their hide out holes. This is done after civilians had left the area. 95 pct of the thugs are foreigners. LASTLY, ALL GOOD SYRIAN WILL STAND TALL. IF INVASION OCCUR, RUSSIA WILL PLAY THEIR GAME. THANKS N BYE 4 NOW.

  2. and as far as AL QEIDA this idiot should think again he is just repeating idiot supescions warn again their is a power strauggle going on ME for treuth and Iran and press tv are the main cyulprits in distorting facts and also their shia majority in Iraq the old al qeida card is being played out and Iraq was invadedone reason that AL Qeida had bases in Iraq total fabrication and US admitted after some time it wasa lie just like the so called MALI crap and the only link was Iraqi resistence to which some used a name in similar and look at todays article on press TV about Libyas elections and how the couragous Revolutionaries got rid of the dictator gaddfhi and killed him and how the free elections have made LIBYA free and great where does this man get g his info he ovbiously is verypro Iran as most of this stupid al eaida rubbish is coming from Press TV and where is alqeida stamped on peoples forehead or passportcore AL Qeida was a extremly small group of people 20 that it has morphed into this monster is all due to US fear mongering and stupid media like above US has linked all natiolist movements to AL qeida in fact even aid groups linked to terrorist otg and al qeida also AUNG SU KI whatever her name was never allowed to run for gov in MYANMAR as she was married to a foreigneras tony C has to understandthe only people fighting in Syria are paid merceneries and stupid syrian opp not real core AL QEIDA who do not help US never have never will US has lumped nmany groups under the Al Qeida banner ifor its own agenda

  3. please the us only said this to cover its arse and obomber lied through his teeth saying uS was not invulved or leading the war when in fact CIA were on the ground from start and british intelligence do you think stste dept didnt know or head of military that cia in LIBYA this was just apretence by US they knew fulkl well they could get past this by using media and hysteria and claims of rape and afriacan merceneries at time obomba was under assault at home for his involvement by some poloticians and so he took a more cautiousapproach and cunning and why did US then go to UNSC and push this lie with NATO look how US used ICC against GADDFHI but used Britain as they are not signutaries to ICC and how they used BAN Ki MOON to spread the lies about bombings etc with no independant UN assesment on ground and also south Afriacn reporter so called world class who only saw some fighting on ground and how IRANS PRESS TV rammped up the lies and attacks on Gaddfhi to makesure RAFAH and uprising in egypt continue and draw attention fromsyria but did not want NATO warUS tried to install Suileman in power in Egypt instead of elections and he has since died suspiciou in US but Mubarak handed power to Juntato stop US EU ISREAL plan and if one listens to cameron and no=w BLAIR trying to renter plotics it becomes obvious US are making sure no one in US NATO accountable for Iraq lies and war crimes one main reasons LIBYA attacked and then use RTP against Syria


  5. Once again the West and their Allies NEVER fail to continue to spread their poisonous lies and propaganda through their corrupt and criminal media and foreign policy , and once again they continue to fail as usual to see they are the ones committing murder by continuing their funding of their dear Friends Al Qaida and associates. They seem to have always a memory loss Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya , Vietnam, Korea to name but a few. It is an endless evil viscious cycle with this lot of pure evil and destruction. It is beyond sickening there are not enough words in any vocabulary to describe how evil they continue to be,

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