Let’s stop saying that the Syrian government was firing on peaceful protesters.


Let’s stop saying that the Syrian government was firing on peaceful protesters. From now on. Let’s not say that any more. We all know it’s not true. The U.S. knows it. The U.N. knows it. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar know it. Barack Obama knows it and so does Hilary Clinton. So let’s not say that any more. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s stop calling this a “popular uprising.” For one thing, it’s definitely NOT popular. Perhaps 5% of the population is in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over. Perhaps much less. Certainly no more. Also, “uprising” gives the definite impression that the people fighting against the government are citizens of the state. But many of the fighters have come from other countries, like Turkey and Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them have been paid, by the U.S. and Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Here is an interview with a former reporter for Al Jazeera. A month after the first protests, he told his boss that he witnessed fighters crossing into Syria with weapons and fighting the Syrian army. He was told that Al Jazeera is not covering that story. The following month, he gave his boss actual film footage showing fighters crossing the border and fighting with the army. He was again told that that wasn’t the story. He is not a supporter of the Syrian government (he mentions this in the interview). He resigned for the sake of his journalistic integrity. He says he couldn’t stand by while his news company reported the exact opposite of what was really happening.

Check it out. Please. (by the way, this is in English).

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About Leila

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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