Mehdi Hasan, a mainstream journo who’s written for big league propaganda media and hosts a program on Al Jazeera English—state owned by Salafi fanatics in Doha, Qatar—thinks we have a “soft spot” for Bashar al-Assad.
“Was Assad any less of a war criminal when his troops ‘opened fire during protests in the southern part of Syria … and killed peaceful demonstrators’ at the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, long before any jihadists had arrived in the country to fight against his regime?” he writes.
The Syrian journalist Steven Sahiounie debunked this back in 2016. The “revolt” against the al-Assad government was plotted at the Omari Mosque in Deraa, a town near the Jordanian border.
“The Libyan terrorists, fresh from the battlefield of the US-NATO regime change attack on Libya, were in Deraa well ahead of the March 2011 uprising violence,” writes Sahiounie. “The CIA agents running the Deraa operation from their office in Jordan had already provided the weapons and cash needed to fuel the flames of revolution in Syria… In reality, the uprising in Deraa in March 2011 was not fueled by graffiti written by teenagers, and there were no disgruntled parents demanding their children to be freed. This was part of the Hollywood style script written by skilled CIA agents, who had been given a mission: to destroy Syria for the purpose of regime change.”
Sahiounie continues: “The weapons came into Deraa from the CIA office in Jordan. The US government has close ties to the King of Jordan… Deraa’s location directly on the Jordanian border is the sole reason it was picked for the location-shoot of the opening act of the Syrian uprising… The access to the weapons from Jordan made Deraa the perfect place to stage the uprising which has turned into an international war.”
Sahiounie then mentions Mehdi Hasan’s boss, Al Jazeera.
“Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin was in Deraa and personally interviewed the cleric [Sheikh Ahmad al-Sayasneh] at the Omari Mosque. Al Jazeera is the state owned and operated media for the Prince of Qatar. The Prince of Qatar was one of the key funders of the terrorists attacking Syria.”
Hasan provides himself with an escape clause: “Let me be clear, before you revert to the usual evasions and whataboutery, or try and smear me as a dupe of the CIA or an agent of the Zionists or the Qataris: Yes, Syrian rebel groups have committed their own fair share of murders, kidnappings, and torture. I’ve been a consistent critic of the rebels (see here, here, and here), and I need no lessons from any of you on their shameful role in prolonging and escalating the violence and chaos in Syria.”
Hasan takes the alt-right to task and also the left for being “apologists” for the dirty deeds of Bashar al-Assad who is engaged in a war not of his making.
I come at this from different angle. In no way do I defend al-Assad. He’s none of my business and the government where I live shouldn’t be involved with the Saudis and Israelis in trying to overthrow him. I want my country the hell out of there. I want the US government to stop these illegal covert subversions, false flags, and immoral invasions and bombing raids under false pretense. It’s not simply Syria—they have done this since the establishment of the national security state and the creation of the CIA.
One last thing. Hasan wrote his screed for a highly suspicious news website, The Intercept. Granted, it has posted some good investigative journalism, but that is overshadowed by the founder of that website, billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. He co-invested with the US in “opposition groups” that played a key role in organizing Ukraine’s recent “revolution,” in fact a quasi-fascist coup of a democratically elected government.
More recently, Omidyar played a leading role in attacking WikiLeaks. The Freedom of the Press Foundation, heavily financed by Omidyar, stopped accepting US donations for WikiLeaks, which had been blacklisted for years by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal after publishing leaked US government documents provided by Chelsea Manning, Whitney Webb wrote for MintPress News in January.
It should be noted that Omidyar has donated tens of millions of dollars to the pay-to-play Clinton Foundation.
Full circle: as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played an instrumental role in fanning the flames in Syria. In 2010, she supported secret negotiations between Israel and Syria to attempt to wrest Syria from Iran’s influence. Those talks failed. Then the CIA and Clinton pressed successfully for Plan B: to overthrow Assad, writes Jeffrey Sachs.
Clinton diplomat, Christopher Stevens, worked out of Benghazi, Libya—after the government there was overthrown and its leader brutally raped and murdered by CIA supported “rebels”—to transfer weapons from Libya to Syria. In addition, Clinton organized the so-called “Friends of Syria” to support the CIA orchestrated takedown.
So, it’s really a no-brainer why Mehdi Hasan is so down on those of us who simply want the madness to end and has pegged us as supporters of Bashar al-Assad—he’s in bed with the folks who support the violent overthrow of the Syrian government.
It’s propaganda at its most transparent.
Finally, here is a video I produced last year for Newsbud covering the real story on the Syrian “civil war.”