editorial by Tony Cartalucci
Bangkok, Thailand July 3, 2011 – Unexpected is a newspaper that allegedly is reputable, to overtly abandon objectivity and even reality so thoroughly, you can almost hear the author screaming and ripping out fistfuls of hair as they feverishly write their column. It was no surprise that this hacky article first came to my attention via the “Project on Middle East Democracy,” a National Endowment for Democracy-funded project that has been helping coax fake-revolutions throughout the Arab world.
The article is titled, “Rep. Kucinich takes the side of Syria’s murderous dictator.” The Washington Post editorial board attempts to foist upon us a narrative of brave, peaceful Syrian people fighting for their freedom and “genuine democracy” while Representative Dennis Kucinich coddles a bloodthirsty tyrant. If one uncouples from reality, this may be a compelling narrative, but one must wonder what exactly the “editorial board” of the Washington Post does normally with their time, as surely they don’t even read their own paper.
A Washington Post article titled, “U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by Wikileaks show,” tells the tale of the US State Department funding Syrian opposition groups with millions of dollars starting under Bush and continuing under Obama. In a follow-up story, confirming the otherwise unsubstantiated Wikileaks cables, CNN reported that a source at a Syrian opposition channel that received US funding claimed to be receiving “technical support” from the US government.
In the same report, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner would decline to speak about the cables, but said, “we’re not working to undermine that government. What we are trying to do in Syria, through our civil society support, is to build the kind of democratic institutions, frankly, that we’re trying to do in countries around the globe. What’s different, I think, in this situation is that the Syrian government perceives this kind of assistance as a threat to its control over the Syrian people.”
Of course, one nation building up political institutions within another sidesteps all concepts of national sovereignty and acceptable diplomatic behavior. But of course it is much worse than what Toner even implies. An April AFP report titled, “US trains activists to evade security forces,” admits that indeed the US is funding, equipping, and training armies of activists to effectively rise up and topple their governments. Michael Posner, the assistant US secretary of state for human rights and labor, said that $50 million had been spent, training organized for 5,000 activists, and one gathering organized including activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon who would then go back and create a “ripple effect.”
The “ripple effect” of course is the foreign-funded, foreign-equipped, foreign-trained, foreign-interest serving sedition the Washington Post’s editorial board is so adamant about defending. Whatever the real story may be with Syria’s Assad, what his government is attempting to put down is most definitely not a movement of the people for “genuine democracy.” It is foreign-funded sedition, most certainly featuring armed militants attempting to overthrow Syria’s government, either knowingly or unknowingly on behalf of Western interests.
Of all the people the Washington Post would have us believe are doing the right thing, from the European Union and the United States for sanctioning Assad, to a “senior Russian diplomat” who is supposedly “close to abandoning” Syria’s government, Representative Dennis Kucinich by traveling to Syria and talking to their leadership with objective respect for their sovereignty is the only one who actually did the right thing.
Wapo has lost perspective, has lost legitimacy, and thus resigned itself to the ash heap of history. Let us hope more representatives truly represent us, emulate Representative Kucinich, and reach out to nations we have obviously meddled in without cause or provocation beyond pure greed and megalomania. By reaching out to Syria’s government, Kucinich undermined entirely the propaganda game being played by the degenerate warmongers stoking unrest behind the scenes. It proves that not everyone is, nor needs to be, behind this mad agenda any longer.
Please contact your Senator or Representative and ask them to follow Representative Kucinich’s sane example.