[ Ed. note – Would it surprise us all that much if the Nobel Peace Prize went to a terrorist group this year? Steve Lendman has published a commentary about the Syrian White Helmets, supposed gallant rescuers of children, being singled out for a Nobel prize nomination. Lendman refers to the White Helmets as a “terrorist organization,” and judging from the video above he may have a point.
He also, as you will see, discusses the “debauched” tradition of awarding Nobel Peace Prizes to warmakers. Whether the “debauchery” will continue this year remains to be seen, but somebody seems to be going to rather extraordinary lengths to promote the White Helmets. The New York Times has published a story about a group of celebrities who have signed onto a petition urging the Nobel Committee to award the prize to the putative humanitarians, while the British Telegraph is telling readers about the “heartfelt plea” made on behalf of these Syrian “heroes” by former MP Jo Cox before her murder earlier this year. And if that’s not enough, Netflix has produced a documentary on the White Helmets set for release on Friday, September 16:
The documentary, at least if the trailer is any indication, could have been–and possibly was–produced in Hollywood.
In other words, the propaganda is getting pretty hot and heavy.
In addition to the excerpt from Lendman’s commentary below, I am also posting, just beneath it, an excerpt from an article by Eva Bartlett, who refers to the White Helmets as “props for death squads,” and who also has some interesting things to say about a recent Guardian piece airing allegations that the Syrian government dropped “chlorine bombs” on terrorist-held sections of Aleppo.
My own personal view is that being a White Helmet is not an easy job, by any means. Why, just doing this many photo shoots alone would be physically taxing, and the makeup artists probably really have their work cut out for them. ]
Terrorist Group Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
By Stephen Lendman
Nobel hypocrisy is notorious for favoring warmakers over peace champions, a rogue’s gallery of miscreants among their honorees – notably Obama, Henry Kissinger, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.
If imperial-sponsored/al Nusra-connected misnamed Civil Defense White Helmets operating in Syria win this year, ignoble Nobel tradition will continue.
Created by Britain and America in 2013, they’re managed by James Le Mesurier, a former UK soldier and private military contractor in Dubai and Raed Saleh.
The Guardian View on Aleppo: More Western Lies About Syria
By Eva Bartlett
The Guardian pointedly chooses to disregard that the Syrian government is fighting a terrorism thrust upon the civilians of Syria by the NATO-Turkish-Gulf-Zionist alliance, including the same terrorists in eastern Aleppo which the Guardian whitewashes while portraying their White Helmets as credible ‘rescuers’, instead of US/UK-backed and financed propagandists and props for death squads.
Terrorism is daily and massively felt in Aleppo, whose over 1.5 million civilians on a daily basis are subject to a bombardment of Hell Cannon-fired explosive gas canisters, and a combination of missiles, rockets, mortars, and explosive bullets, among other foreign-supplied munitions, by the terrorists occupying eastern Aleppo, who the Syrian army is fighting.
As I wrote recently, (something the Guardian would never deign to print):
“In late April 2016, terrorists in the occupied eastern quarters of Aleppo, as well as then-occupied Beni Zaid and neighbouring districts, increased the frequency of their bombing campaigns using mortars, gas canister explosives (from household to the largest size canisters, stuffed with glass, bearings, metal shrapnel), explosive bullets, and powerful foreign-supplied rockets from high-tens to over one hundred per day on the heavily-populated areas of Aleppo secured by the Syrian state.”
Of the heightened bombardment, local doctor Nabil Antaki told me:
“Usually you don’t have just one mortar, you have a rain of mortars: ten, twenty, thirty, and more in a few hours. Many people are wounded at the same time. When ambulances bring people to the public hospital, maybe twenty or thirty people arrive at the same time. The public hospitals lack enough medical staff and equipment. So if you have ten severely wounded persons arriving at the same time at the public hospital, by the time care comes, a victim has time to die.”
In his Aleppo Medical Association office, another local physician, Dr. Zaher Buttal, read to me from his diary statistics on the terrorists’ bombardment campaign in late April/early May…
[ Additional ed. note – Interestingly, the supposedly “progressive” AJ+ channel on YouTube has joined the mainstream media and Hollywood in extolling the virtues of the White Helmets. Perhaps this is not surprising, however. AJ+ is run by Al Jazeera, headquartered in the Gulf monarchy of Qatar, and the video below is virtually indistinguishable from Western media propaganda. ]
And see also:
“Dramatic Rescue! Man With Kid Runs Toward Camera!”
The “White Helmets” are part of the (anti-) Syria Campaign. “Kid rescued from rubble” is their standard shtick. They are financed with some $60+ million from your taxes by the U.S., the UK and other governments. Such money will buy a lot of good cameras and props and will pay for many actors and extras.