21st Century Wire
Some will have noticed in the frantic run-up to the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday, CNN and a number of other mainstream corporate outlets ran an incredible story claiming that, “White Helmets group says aid center hit by barrel bomb.”
This headline story ran all day along the bottom of the TV screen in CNN’s news ticker, and claimed that:
“A barrel bomb struck a center used by Syria’s civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, in the country’s capital of Damascus, the group said.”
“The group tweeted that the center and vehicles at the scene were destroyed Wednesday, and some volunteers injured in the attack.”
“We rush to the scene of attacks to save the greatest number of lives in the shortest possible time and to minimize further injury to people and damage to property,” the group says on its website.
A barrel bomb struck a center used by Syria’s civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, in the country’s capital of Damascus, the group said.
After looking at this story, it became obvious that this was a planted news item, conveniently inserted on the eve the Nobel Peace Prize, where one of this year’s nominees (and tipped to win the award) was the much-lauded western-backed ‘NGO’ commonly known as the White Helmets aka the ‘Syria Civil Defense.’
The first give away that this story was not genuine was that reporting of the event in question only existed on the White Helmets Twitter account.
.@SyriaCivilDef center in Damascus just destroyed by air dropped barrel bomb. Vehicles destroyed and center out of action.
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) October 5, 2016
The other problem with this ‘news’ is that nowhere does the White Helmets’ in-house media machine mention exactly where in the city of Damascus did this alleged incident take place. Certainly, Damascus is a big city, so this is akin to reporting that a bomb was dropped on a building in New York,’ without bothering to specify where in the city this happened.
Assuming this is in fact a fake news story, and all indications are that it is, and it’s being streamlined right through the entire US mainstream media the day before the Nobel Peace Prize was due to be announced in Oslo, Norway at 10am local time – one can rightly assume then that this was one final PR push designed to garner public sympathy for John Kerry and Boris Johnson’s bespoke war heroes, the White Helmets, who were, “targeted by the regime,” or so the story goes.
Once again, without any real details of this supposed ‘barrel bomb’ attack, there is simply no way to corroborate this story – which seems to be par for the course with just about every piece of media coming out of White Helmet central.
In other words: it only exists in what the great American philosopher John Kerry infamously referred to as, “a parallel universe”, which in this case seems be a digital universe contained inside the White Helmet’s Twitter account, and apparently, there seems to be a worm hole connecting their’s and Kerry’s digital universes too:
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) September 23, 2016
CNN then goes on to try and reinforce this latest fictional news story by recycling an 18 month-old interview at the White Helmet training center in Turkey, between CNN’s ‘medical expert’ Dr. Sanjay Gupta and James Le Mesurier, the British military intelligence officer turned mercenary contractor who founded the White Helmets. When asked about the highly contentious subject of the ‘barrel bomb’, Le Mesurier told CNN’s Gupta that:
“When one strikes, it can produce the seismological equivalent of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake.”
Just a casual check on scientific charts measuring Richter Scale magnitude and corresponding amounts of explosives will show that anything above a 7.0 magnitude would require as much as 20 billion kilograms of TNT, or according to other charts as much as 10.5 megatons, roughly the output a hydrogen bomb. That’s sure a lot of barrel bombs. What more funny is that CNN’s ‘chief scientist’ Dr Gupta will do what all CNN anchors do when conducting a staged interview – he simply nods his head in agreement while his guest makes such a ridiculous statement.
Le Mesurier goes on to tell CNN that these ‘barrel bombs’ are somehow hitting people “50 times per day.” Where exactly he got these amazing figure from is a puzzling thing in itself, but for anyone who has studied the colorful mythology surrounding the west’s “barrel bomb” narrative and how central it is to creating the impression in the west that “Assad is butchering his own people,” then it’s not surprising that the founder of the White Helmets would make such a over-the-top statement on global satellite television.
To date, finding actual evidence of the thousands of alleged “barrel bomb attacks by Assad” is almost as difficult that trying to locate one of Washington’s illusive moderate rebels.
What isn’t hard to locate however, is bountiful evidence of US-UK and Gulf-backed ‘rebels’ firing their crude Hell Cannons indiscriminately into civilian areas in Syria – which coincidentally. fit a similar description in terms of structure and damage to the so-called ‘barrel bombs’ being constantly touted by everyone from John Kerry to Hillary Clinton, to John McCain, and the White Helmets.
It’s also important to note that Le Mesurier manages the White Helmets and its incoming finances through a Netherlands registered NGO vehicle called Mayday Rescue. To date, the White Helmets have received well over $100 million in funds and support from NATO member state governments of the UK, US, EU, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland and others, as well substantial funds from Japan too. This financial element especially important considering the aggressive public fundraising campaigns employed by the White Helmets and their western-backed PR and fundraising vehicle, The Syria Campaign, which seems to be bank-rolled by the US-backed ‘Syrian Opposition’ in exile. Any ‘NGO’ who manages to rake-in upwards of $150 million in NATO government funds in such a short space for time shouldn’t require pressing the public at large for additional millions, and yet, this is what they are still doing
Here is a screenshot from one of the White Helmets fundraising websites, where they are using their failure to secure the Nobel Committee’s $1 million award as the impetus to solicit a further $1 million in crowdfunding donations:
‘WE NEED ANOTHER MILLION’: White Helmets using their Nobel defeat to raise more millions from clueless western punters.
Then there are the numerous examples of the group circulating fake rescue videos, and fake photos, along with marquee claims of “Saving 60,000 Lives” in only 3 years. In fact, right before the Nobel Prize ceremony this week, the White Helmets raised this total to 62,000 (image above), claiming to have saved another 2,000 more civilians this month. I guess when you are competing for a Nobel Prize, every little bit helps.
It should also be noted that international hysteria surrounding last month’s UN Aid Convoy Attack outside of Aleppo, was fuelled by among other things, misleading photographs and deceptive video supplied to the western media by… the White Helmets. Despite the shrill tantrums of UN Ambassador Samantha Power and the dull rantings of John Kerry, we now know that there was no Russian-Syrian airstrike on the UN Convoy, and real evidence points to a ground attack by Al Nusra/ISIS terrorists.
In addition, the White Helmets media team is also responsible for propagating another official Washington conspiracy theory: blaming Assad for “using chlorine bombs against his own people” in early September. This White Helmets story was propagated by among other outlets, Democracy Now! (image above).
When you boil it right down, this humanitarian syndicate and corresponding campaign functions just like Kony 2012, only on a much grander scale, and much insidious in its deception. This seems to be the West’s great new geopolitical social engagement technology – crowdfunding for war, and arguably, crowdfunding for terror.
ONE MORE LIE
There is also one more lie embedded in this CNN report which is a common lie used when promoting the White Helmets. CNN stated that, “A barrel bomb struck a center used by Syria’s civil defense volunteers.”
Completely ignored by grandstading US and UK officials and their corporate media surrogates are the REAL Syria Civil Defense, who serves all civilians across the entire country of Syria, and are the only civil defense organization officially recognized by the International Civil Defense Organization (IDCO) based in Geneva.
As it turns out, the White Helmets are not a certified civil defense organization, and they are not even recognized by the IDCO. The White Helmets stole the term ‘Syria civil defense’. This is a crucial piece of this puzzle because the entire White Helmets deception is predicated on this fundamental point, namely, a cynical attempt (supported by the US, UK and NATO states) to usurp the real civic state organization. As it turns out, there is a REAL Syria Civil Defense who actual volunteers and who work daily in Syria’s various war zones, unlike the White Helmets who operate only in ‘rebel-held’ (terrorist-held) enclaves, where few if any genuine civilians reside.
No matter how much USAID and British Foreign Office-funded White Helmet PR is pumped-out through by the likes of CNN, the BBC, The Guardian, and even Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!, and promoted by an supposed anti-war organization Code Pink – they cannot change that fact.
CODE RED: Supposed ‘anti-war’ charity Code Pink is an avid promoter of the west’s pseudo NGO in Syria.
Keen western viewers need to become awake to what this multi-million effort really is – the creation of a parallel, shadow state inside of Syria – designed to first delegitimize, undermine and eventually replace the real sovereign state there.
Anyone who is playing along with the White Helmet public relations campaign is indirectly supporting this covert western project for Syria. If it’s successful there, expect western imperial planners to implement a similar template in other target nations.
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