...last year when I brought up the White Helmets, he only had a vague notion of legitimacy: "Aren't they part of the UN or something? I just assumed they were some kind of UN-sanctioned thing."
Elvis » Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:17 pm wrote:Still trying to figure out how to play the video; the "I understand and wish to proceed" button doesn't work!
Elvis » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:18 pm wrote:I'm always logged into YouTube, so that wasn't it. Anyway, the button finally worked when I checked just now.
I'm mainly worried about a few such complaints getting them kicked off YT.
[Note: YouTube restricted the original due to graphic footage of White Helmets members assisting with executions in Syria. We have deleted the original & re-uploaded this version without that footage to ensure that it reaches as a wide an audience as possible. Links to the deleted footage:
https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/stat ... 45538?s=20
I talked to everybody I could in Syria, controversial or otherwise. That's how you find out the truth
In a second exclusive clip from This Is Not A Movie, a documentary film by Yung Chang about the foreign reporting of Robert Fisk, we see Homs and Aleppo through the eyes of the Independent's Middle East correspondent
Robert Fisk - 2 days ago
I’ve spent months these past eight years in Syria’s amputated cities. They are a scar on all our lives – the Russians, the Syrians, the armed Islamists, the western powers that spent more time trying to destroy Syria than the Syrian regime.
The bodies buried deep within these heaps of concrete, the survivors, and those invisibly but forever mentally wounded have paid the price of our military cruelty and indifference. Many of those who fled these gaunt cities are now in Europe – or at the bottom of the Mediterranean. And we don’t even know – or care? – about the statistics. Did 350,000 die here? Or 450,000? Or 500,000? These figures have all been used, a careless 150,000 separating the first from the last.
Beirut, Mostar, Sarajevo, Aleppo, Homs, and now Mosul and Raqqa – we are forced to ask ourselves if these sepulchral ruins are something we have come to regard as natural, something we accept or have accepted for hundreds of years: that destruction is a natural part of history.
I hope I don’t believe this. I’ve driven thousands of miles across Syria, with no minders (they are mostly called up into the army) and no protection to reach front lines where Syrian government soldiers, often wounded, have run and crawled through the broken concrete to show me Isis flags in the next field or broken house.
If they cross the lines, journalists will have their heads cut off – which is why there are no Western reporters based in the government-besieged province of Idlib (they only very rarely ever visit). And I’ve always believed that regimes are to be avoided. I’m one of the few journalists I know who has not interviewed Assad. Talking to armies can reveal the truth.
I reckon half the Syrian soldiers I’ve interviewed have later been killed. The total dead of the entire army is a state secret, but I’ve discovered the real figure: around 85,000 – quite a toll for the Assad regime’s only real defenders. Until the Russians came.
I talk to them all. It’s my job. One general, ‘The Tiger’, was so used to gunfire that he spoke while sitting in a field erupting with shell explosions – until I realised he was already, in his own mind, ready to be killed, and I explained that I could hear him more clearly if we were in a trench.
That’s what you’ve got to remember in all wars: that you are going there to report – not to die.
Danny Sjursen reviews the totally insane outcome of US intervention in Syria. wrote: Syria’s Assad is allied with Russia and Iran, all of whom are attacking Idlib; Turkey - though it deals with Russia - backs the mostly Islamist rebels holding Idlib; in the process Syrian army and Turks exchange fire (you know, like in a war); meanwhile, US holds part of East where it (sometimes) backs Kurds who fight against America’s NATO ally Turkey; everyone hates and helped fight ISIS, except, that is for our “allied” Turks and Israelis; nuclear-armed Russia and US still face off along Euphrates River one mistake away from existential war; and all the while US and Iran - though both loathe ISIS - bomb one another and are locked in a de facto state of war.....EXHALE....
This report presents evidence that the US government lied when it blamed "Iranian-backed militias" for the December 27 missile attack on an American base in Iraq. Do you know what is unusual about it? It is in the New York Times. It is detailed, and gives a fair hearing to the Iraqis making the case. Is something happening here?
To review the significance of the December 27 incident:
"The rockets wounded six people and killed an American contractor, setting off a chain of events that brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war.
Was U.S. Wrong About Attack That Nearly Started a War With Iran?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/worl ... dence.html
"The United States blamed an Iraqi militia with close ties to Iran and bombed five of the group’s bases. Angry Iraqis then stormed the American Embassy. The United States then killed Iran’s top general. Iran then fired missiles at American forces and mistakenly shot down a passenger jet, killing 176 people..."
'Iraqi military and intelligence officials have raised doubts about who fired the rockets that started a dangerous spiral of events."
me wrote:Turkey is threatening full-scale war against the Syrian Arab Army, after losing dozens of soldiers in Idlib province battles. Thus also a war with Russia? Does NATO get activated? Turkish government has declared open borders to allow 3-4 million Syrian refugees to flee to the EU. Greek-EU border forces are teargassing desperate Syrian civilians. Greece is attempting to build sealed prison camps for refugees on Aegean islands, where protesting residents have for now blocked the plans. My American friends, is there any chance you're first hearing about these latest developments from this post? How comes that?
A Washington-based guy I follow who sings praises of McCain and Graham and acts like a lobbyist for the 'moderate rebels' wrote:
Yesterday, Turkey took military action in Syria that was long overdue, against the Assad regime which has brutally massacred its own people for nine years. Dozens of Assad regime military targets were neutralized. The international community could have done this years ago, under President Obama's leadership. It would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and allowed millions of refugees to stay in their homes. It would have spared thousands from being killed by chemical weapons and it would have allowed hundreds of hospitals to remain in operation instead of bombed.
To everyone who says "there is no military solution to the conflict," the Assad regime and Russia have been pursuing a scorched earth military solution for years and lip service to a political solution has done nothing to save civilians or bring us closer to a real solution. The only way to reach any solution in Syria is to stop the bombs of the Assad regime, by any means necessary. Military force is always a last resort. It's apparent that Turkey came to the conclusion yesterday that Russia & Assad will continue to break ceasefire agreements. Military force is the only way to protect Idlib's 3.5 million civilians & halt the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. The world should support Turkey now.
Diplomatic agreements between Turkey & Russia have all failed. Astana, Sochi, & multiple ceasefires since resulted only in more Russian & Assad regime attacks which forced 1,000,000 people from their homes. Hospitals, schools, and markets continued to be bombed. What choices were left? More empty condemnations and urgent calls for a ceasefire from the UN would have resulted in more Syrians dead and displaced. The whole world was just watching as Syrians were being slaughtered. Turkey put its own soldiers in harms way to try to stop the mass atrocities.
Let's not forget: as a result of Russia's military intervention, the UN worked with Russia to evacuate (i.e. forcibly displace) 1,000,000+ Syrians to Idlib from their homes in Aleppo, Ghouta, Daraa, & Homs. In Idlib, they were supposed to be safe. But Russia had other plans: to kill them and displace them again once they were all gathered in Idlib. One would think that after the UN had agreed with Russia to displace Syrians from their homes, to allow Assad to take over their neighborhoods, that the UN would own that outcome & make sure they stayed safe. But instead, the UN stood by idly watching even more brutal mass atrocities. Why should this surprise anyone? After all, this is the same UN that asked Syrian medical workers to share coordinates of their hospitals with Russia as a "deconfliction" mechanism. And then Russia went on & deliberately bombed those exact coordinates. The UN claims it will "investigate."
In summary, no non-military options were left because Russia & Assad regime flagrantly violate all agreements & norms. Because 14 Russian vetoes at the UN Security Council prevented mere investigation & condemnation of war crimes. World powers should recognize their failure & act now. It's not too late.
Update, 18.40 Uhr: Am Samstagabend hat Erdogan nach Angaben der staatlichen Nachrichtenagentur Anadolu mit dem iranischen Präsidenten Hassan Ruhani zu Idlib telefoniert. Details zu dem Gespräch waren zunächst nicht bekannt.
Update, 11.30 Uhr: Die Türkei hat nach Worten von Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Syriens Provinz Idlib umfassende Angriffe gestartet. Dabei seien Anlagen zum Bau von Chemiewaffen sowie Luftabwehrsysteme und Landebahnen zerstört worden, sagte Erdogan am Samstag. Mehrere Ziele, darunter auch Waffendepots und Flugzeughangars seien „unter schweren Beschuss genommen und zerstört“ worden, sagte Erdogan am Samstag in Istanbul. Mehr als 300 Militärfahrzeuge seien zerstört worden, darunter mehr als 90 Panzer.
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