Aleppo

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There’s not been a lot else on the news this week apart from the situation in Aleppo. Frankly, I’m getting a bit sick of hearing about it. Sure, what we’re hearing is very sad but do we really have to have saturation news coverage?

There’s been a lot of talk about war crimes, human rights, humanitarian aid and moral responsibility. Nice words, but what use are they really? I feel sorry for the civilians in Aleppo caught up in the middle of a bloody siege in the midst of civil war, watching their friends and relatives die and their home raised to the ground. But war crimes?

At the end of the day, all war is a crime. Human rights? Well, when one side deliberately melds into the civilian population in the hope that a human shield will give them cover from their enemies, it’s a bit rich to start bleating about human rights, isn’t it?

There’s a lot been said about the wicked Assad regime – notice the BBC no longer uses the phrase ‘Syrian Government’ but ‘Assad Regime’. Little is said in the outright media bias about the other side. And how much of what we see in the media can we really trust? Isn’t it amazing that in a city where the communications infrastructure is literally shot to shit, they still manage to get pictures and reports out so easily and quickly? Propaganda? Shurely not!

Much has also been made about the cease fire. That’s the cease fire that been put into place by the wicked ‘Assad regime’ and it’s wicked Russian allies. Much has also been made of the slowdown in evacuating civilians and fighters from the city, but hang on a minute! If you were the government side, wouldn’t you want to make sure that the people you were evacuating were genuine and not rebels sneaking out to re-arm and attack you again? I know I would…

And what of tis country having a ‘moral responsibility’ to help? Well, no we don’t actually. It’s a civil war in a foreign country and, frankly, it’s none of our business.

I hope that the siege of Aleppo ends soon and that the Syrian civil war ends soon so innocent people caught in the middle stop being killed and can get on with rebuilding their country and their lives.

But it’s still bugger all to do with us…

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9 responses to “Aleppo

  1. Yup, the mainstream media are as honest, impartial and trustworthy as “Der Völkischer Beobachter” under the byline “Joseph Goebbels”.

  2. But there are many here that will make shed loads of money rebuilding this disastrous pile of rubble.

  3. We should also remember that “the wicked Russians ” put a sharp stop to Isis transporting oil into Turkey to fund itself after almost a year of Obama’s ineffectual “targetting”. Assad may not be Mr Nice but he’s a helluva lot better than O’s imaginary “moderates”.

  4. Why do we carry on insisting to get involved in other peoples fights. Do we not learn? Or is someone making money from all this. No, I cannot believe that cynical comment!

  5. Raedwald hasthis on his blog this morning:

    http://raedwald.blogspot.co.uk/Thursday, 15 December 2016

    Post-credulous audience hears evidence of fake news broadcast by post-truth BBC
    The video link provided by a commentor in the post below is a scorcher. At a UN press conference, independent Canadian journo Eva Bartlett demolishes the credibility of the fake news from Aleppo promulgated by, amongst others, the Guardian and the BBC.
    “..what you hear in the corporate media, and I will name them – BBC, Guardian, the New York Times etc. – on Aleppo is also the opposite of reality”
    In a devastating surgical dissection, Bartlett dismisses the BBC’s main source of news in Aleppo – one man in Coventry, with an agenda, who calls himself ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’. She points out that there are NO international humanitarian organisations in rebel-held Aleppo and NO credible independent sources of news from there. The White Helmets are exposed as an armed partisan force funded by $100m from the US / EU / UK who fake news footage (documented) and are, I strongly suspect, a thin cover for arms shipments to the rebels and for western intelligence organisations.

    • Yeah, I read the Raedwald piece – and thanks for posting the link to that video. I was going to include it myself. Not sure why I didn’t really…

  6. The video is stunning, as it shows just how the entire MSM lie to us all the time.
    And now Murdoch will gain more control over what we’re told, world fascism, sorry global news, is almost unstoppable.

    • In short, believe nothing unless it comes from a news source you trust.

      So that’s BBC, All western media and all US media out of scope then.
      RT isn’t unbiased, but it’s a lot closer to the truth than most.

  7. Distant Relative

    Peter Hitchens said something similar on his blog @ the mailonsunday “Amid the bombs of Aleppo, all you can hear are the lies..” Excerpt: “In the past few days we have been bombarded with colourful reports of events in eastern Aleppo, written or transmitted by people in Beirut (180 miles away and in another country), or even London (2,105 miles away and in another world). There have, we are told, been massacres of women and children, people have been burned alive.
    The sources for these reports are so-called ‘activists’. Who are they? As far as I know, there was not one single staff reporter for any Western news organisation in eastern Aleppo last week. Not one.”
    That should make one think.