Deplorable NYT Denigration of Syria’s Assad
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Times reporting and commentaries mock legitimate journalism.
Instead of denouncing Washington’s imperial war on humanity, its editorial policy supports it – blaming victims for high crimes committed against them.
It serves as a virtual Pentagon press agent in all US wars of aggression. Its drumbeat of disinformation, Big Lies and fake news on Syria is especially appalling – cheerleading mass slaughter and destruction, denigrating overwhelmingly popular Bashar al-Assad.
On July 7, a commentary no responsible editor would publish headlined “What Assad Has Won,” saying:
“(T)he first lesson to be drawn from the Syrian case is obvious: One can’t always win the revolution, or at least not as fast as one would like.”
“So far Assad has come out of the conflict alive, even strengthened -at the cost of the slaughter of half his people.”
“His longevity goes to show that being wrong and facing fierce opposition from dissidents, an army and a large swath of the international community aren’t enough to unseat a dictator.”
Fact: What despicable rubbish. It’s hard reading it without feeling revulsion and contempt for the writer and Times editors for publishing his trash.
Fact: Assad is overwhelmingly supported by millions of Syrians. Washington bears full responsibility for raping and destroying large parts of the country, for industrial-scale mass murder, using ISIS and other hired killers to do its dirty work, supported by US terror-bombing, massacring civilians, demolishing vital infrastructure.
Fact: Assad was overwhelmingly reelected president in June 2014 with an 89% majority – a process independent international monitors called open, free and fair.
Fact: He’s no dictator. He shames deplorable US governance, one party with two right wings running things, gangsters in charge, not democrats.
The Times: “Assad, by killing so many Syrians, has also killed the dream of democracy for many other Syrians, as well as for plenty of people elsewhere in the Arab world.”
Fact: In a region infested with US-supported despots and fantasy democracies like Israel, Assad’s Syria and Iran stand out as exceptions to the deplorable rule – why Washington wants their governments toppled, replaced by subservient pro-Western puppet regimes.
The Times: “It’s a typical pitfall…to think that colonization is always Western, never Russian or Iranian. When Moscow or Tehran is involved, one prefers to speak instead of support or assistance.”
“President Vladimir Putin is anti-Western, therefore he must be something of a liberator, or at least an ally, the wishful thinking goes.”
Fact: Putin isn’t anti-Western, far from it. Russia hasn’t attacked another country throughout its post-Soviet history. Iran hasn’t for over 200 years. America does it all the time, allied with NATO, Israel, and other rogue partners.
Fact: Putin is arguably the preeminent world leader – a peace champion. Trump, Obama, Bush/Cheney and the Clintons are unindicted war criminals, neocon-infested America a gangster state, threatening humanity’s survival.
The Times: “Assad has managed to sell, not only to Westerners but also to local elites and the public, the notion that dictatorship is a rampart against radicalism and a guardian against horror. The scenario in Syria is an extreme illustration of this…”
Fact: Calling Assad despotic or dictatorial is part of vicious US propaganda waged against him, his government, and by extension the Syria people – trying to justify US aggression, responsible for raping them and their country, one of history’s great crimes.
The Times: “Assad has won, but he has only won time…(W)hen he does fall, he will leave Syria with no alternative.”
Assad, Syria and its people are a long way from achieving liberation from US aggression.
Washington’s rage to dominate threatens all sovereign independent nations with mass slaughter and destruction.
If Putin or Assad ran America, instead of bipartisan criminals in charge, world peace and stability would replace endless wars of aggression.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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