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Eva Bartlett Debates Syria with Misinformed US University Prof

Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett attempts to clarify issues about the Syrian conflict in a debate with two Americans, one of whom, is Stephen Zunes, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco. From his perch in California, Zunes, who seems to have a peculiar facial tic, pompously suggests he knows more about the situation in Syria that does Bartlett, who has filed numerous reports from on the ground inside Syria.

Zunes apparently relies a lot on the mainstream media for his information. For one thing, he  believes there are “moderate” rebels. He also asserts that protests held in 2011 at the outset of the conflict were “brutally suppressed by the Assad regime,” and he refers to the democratically elected president of Syria as a “war criminal.” If Zunes is typical of university professors in America, it’s no wonder the country is in such a sad state.

When Bartlett attempts to set the record straight–for instance on the early protests–Zunes basically dismisses everything she has to say.

The other guest on the show, Gareth Porter, is not one of my favorite writers either, but at least he has the grace and good form to concede at one point that Bartlett “knows much more about this than I do.” No such concession is made by the presumptuous and overbearing Mr. Zunes.

In a few more days it will officially be autumn, and then of course after that comes the Christmas season. I’m kind of reminded here of the passage from the Gospel of Luke often referred to as “the Song of Mary.” Here the future mother of Jesus raises her voice in a lyric carol which opens with the words, “My soul glorifies the Lord.” She goes on to say:

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.

mary

I posted this video–of Assad and his wife Asma visiting a Christian church in Damascus–in a post I put up on December 30 last year. Since the visit to the church is mentioned by Bartlett during the debate, I’ll take the liberty of posting it here again:

Blessed are the people of Syria, blessed is the grace of God, and blessed is Eva Bartlett.

6 thoughts on “Eva Bartlett Debates Syria with Misinformed US University Prof

  1. I watched that on “RT.” When Bartlett would talk, most of the time, Zunes looked like he was having a major attack of indigestion.

    Clowns like Zunes are either terribly naive, or just another Zionist propaganda bullhorn, distributing and repeating the same BS lies about Syria. That he didn’t know that the American NGO’s were in Syria back in 2006, handing out money and setting up groups to riot shows his stupidity or complicity in those war crimes he was crying about.

    Since Zunes referred to Netanyahu as a war criminal, does that mean the same apparatus that was sicced on Syria can now be applied to Israel? First, the MSM will run endless stories about Israeli brutality, labeling Nutty as the next Hitler.
    Then the Treasury Department will slap so many economic sanctions on Israel, they won’t be able to function in the international markets, like buying medicines.
    At the same time, tens of thousands of brutal thugs will be trained in Jordan, then turned loose into Israel, with plenty of money, weapons and air cover, with the instructions to commit horrific crimes and film them for the TV crowd. And lay waste to everything they come in contact with.

    Is that what Zunes meant when calling Nutty a war criminal?

    • I suspect he was probably just trying to tout his “anti-Zionist” credentials. You can’t be pro-Israel and retain much credibility as a liberal/left commentator these days.

  2. zunes is chomsky light
    atzmon would label, an anti zionist zionist
    not worth cold spit or piss
    another nothing who is a waste of time
    and why is he given any time
    eva bartlett – bless her
    someone else i like and havent heard from in a long time
    is kristen ess

  3. Miss Eva Bartlett said everything I absolutely believe and she speaks with direct knowledge of what Syrian people think,of course she will be condemned as a Assad apologist by corp media.The myth of Assad bombs his own people is constantly regurgitated, well if that is true that means that Obama deliberately bombs hospitals like the one in Afghanistan and burns doctors ,nurses and patients alive,well both are false ,I don’t believe prez Obama is a psychopath ,like wise I don’t believe this of Assad,it is a civil war fought in cities and non combatants are used by terror groups as cover and armies are not micro managed by civilian leaders,but Basha Al Assad’s position is more honorable, as prez Obama seems to have no control over US deep states excesses as it brings death and necessary destruction, Obama does make the US look ludicrous when accusing other leaders of war crimes or speaks of Russian aggression,the US has no credibility any more to pontificate on war crimes of other nations.The Philippines leader did recently call out the hypocrisy, apart from the profanities he is not wrong..

  4. BUSH SAID IT LOUD, ” IF YOU ARE NOT WITH US YOU ARE AGAINST US”. AND THE USA SOLUTION HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY, REGIME CHANGE, JUSTIFIED BY DEMONIZATION, FOLLOWED BY CRIMINAL COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT AND TOTAL ONE SIDED DESTRUCTIVE WAR BETWEEN THE PURE ANGLES, (THE COALITION OF THE WILLING) AND THE BRANDED “DEVILS”, THE VICTIMS.
    ALL FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SELF PERPETUATING WAR MACHINES.
    IN TURN WE THE COMMON PEOPLES WILL ALL END UP AS VICTIMS BY OUR OWN JUDGEMENT THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT AFTER WE VOTE.

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