misplaced sorrow and indignation: using the “refugee crisis”; ignoring facts on the Syrian ground

Lately, the photo of baby Aylan has been all over social media, with well-intentioned people sharing the tragedy of he, his family and countless other Syrians’ (who were fleeing the violence of NATO’s death squads) drowned bodies washed ashore.  A photo of an innocent dead child always has great impact, particularly when splashed on front pages and over social media. But the photo is without context, particularly the context of the NATO/Saudi/Zionist war on Syria. The highlighting of this particular photo, and the absence of photos of the thousands of dead Syrian children martyred by the same NATO and co mercenaries within Syria is not accidental. With the tragic photo come calls for “saving Syria”… and the Imperialist war agenda’s ridiculous answer that the way to do so is by imposing a “no fly zone” on Syria. This is addressed in commentaries below.

But lets return to the issues of the photo, who shares it, and what news many of them do not share. For some people, it is only “safe” to mourn a tragedy they don’t have to have integrity and political courage to lament over.

What about the tragedies occurring daily in Syria by the NATO-alliance’s terrorists brigades?

The September 2nd terrorists’ van-bombing outside an elementary school in Latakia [SANA: “…terrorists detonated a white van loaded with large amounts of explosives that was parked in front of Imad Ali School at al-Hamam Square at the outskirts of Lattakia”] which killed 10 people and injured 25, apparently merits no mention by the media, let alone those sharing the baby Aylan photo.

Also not spoken of are the daily terrorists’ mortars on Damascus, the routine mortars and rockets on Latakia, on Foua and Kafarya [attacks which have reportedly killed 150 children in the period between March 27 September 9]; the terrorists’ landmines around besieged (for 4 years) Nubl and Zahara, likewise being mortared and rocketed.

Foua and Kafarya: latest updates on villages under NATO/Saudi mercenaries’ assault

Embedded image permalink *Ahmed Tabara, who Twitter feed “Kafarya Alfoua” reports was killed by NATO-backed terrorists in their assault on Kafarya and Foua in northern Syria

Al Masdar News reported on Aug 31 that “Al-Qaeda affiliates – led by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army’s 2nd Battalion of the 101st Division” attacked Foua and Kafarya, as well as “the National Defense Forces’ (NDF) controlled villages of Al-Suwaghiyah, Tal Al-Khirbat, and Deir Al-Zughab in this area just north of Idlib City.” The report noted:

“On Sunday afternoon, the Jaysh Al-Fateh militants – led by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – finally broke-through the National Defense Forces’ frontline positions at the village of Al-Suwaghiyah after fierce clashes with the aforementioned civilian militia; this led to the NDF’s withdrawal to Tal Khirbat and Al-Sughawiyah’s  complete capture by the Al-Qaeda affiliates before nightfall dissipated the clashes.

ceasefire off, Foua and Kafarya again being pounded by saudi/nato terrorists


Mariam Mohammad (a Beirut-based justice activist with contacts in the villages) updated:

[Saturday 29 august 2015]

“It was officially announced that the second truce and round of negotiations collapsed today.

The Armed factions resumed heavy shelling against the villages since the early hours of the morning. Hundreds of grad rockets, mortars, and hell cannons, targeted the neighbor hoods killing 5 civilians and wounding more than 22.

A “Hawn” Mortar exploded near the kitchen in M’s family house where his nephew was standing. Gratefully & Alhamdullilah his nephew survived and wasn’t even wounded.

The percentage of destruction in the houses of the two villages surpassed 60%.. We are on the verge of a humanitarian Crisis there.”


Al Mayadeen reported (in Arabic, google-translated) on the bombed of Foua and Kafarya, as well as other terrorist acts throughout Syria:

Armed groups bombed the towns of al-Foua and Kefarya in the countryside of Idlib …violating the truce signed between the armed groups on the one hand, and the Syrian army and the resistance of the Lebanese end of the second hand in the Zabadani area in the countryside of Damascus.

In Homs, central Syria, a number of people were killed and others wounded by a car bomb explosion targeted a transport area at the sixtieth Street.

Ten people were killed in the northern countryside of Aleppo after a Daesh (ISIS) car bomb at the entrance to the city of Mare.


Eyad, a friend and a resident of Foua, studying in Latakia, wrote to me (translated by Damascus based, MEC journalist, Iyad Khuder):

“Today, the threat is directly from the Nusra’s head in Idleb; he’s threatening to massacre the people of Kafarya and Foua in retaliation for the ‘failure of negotiations.’ He said, ‘People of Kafarya and Foua will pay the price!’ [video]

According to Eyad, Syrian Army jets hadn’t bombed the terrorists surrounding Foua and Kafarya because “the terrorists have sophisticated MANPADs… (thanks to Uncle Sam!)” He also noted:

“Many people are having difficulty breathing due to the intense bombardment and gases emitted from the bombs. The situation is too difficult. People are dying, children are terrified.”

The psychological terror reaches those even outside of Foua and Kafarya, who worry about their families and loved ones, and have difficulty communicating with them or getting updates on their well-being.

“Till now, I haven’t managed to contact my family. Telecommunications are too weak; I cannot contact them when I’m worried about them.”

I asked if the video he sent me a link to showed a Syrian or otherwise.

He’s no Syrian, he’s Saudi.”

No surprise there. A Saudi takfiri fulfilling the nato/gulf/zionist-crafted war agenda of murdering Syrians.

On Aug. 20, Eyad had written to me:

“Yesterday a girl called Zilal committed suicide, because she knows nothing about her husband and 12-year-old child who were kidnapped by al-Nusra Front 3 months ago. She couldn’t afford living like this.” [see MEC’s “Tales of Abduction” on such kidnappings]


Two earlier articles on the terrorists’ siege and bombardment of Kafarya and Foua:

– Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya: Two Northwestern Syrian Villages Under Siege and Assault by NATO’s Terrorists, Part 1

Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya, Part 2


Sukant Chandan: “Our peoples drowned dead bodies is not material for faux liberal/leftie humanitarianism! “

**none of these are my own writings and rantings; but I endorse them 100% plus.

For those on Facebook, click here for a powerful video-tribute by Sukant Chandan.

*Sukant Chandan: “Sometimes one doesn’t know how to manage the pain and fury: the only thing is to advocate for and stay loyal to our people and their intergenerational liberation struggles.”

note on credibility and lack of impartiality of those making anti-Syria allegations

So today, coming across yet another tool of the Imperialist/Zionist war on Syria who is sharing propaganda photos and posts which purport the depicted people to be victims of the Syrian Army, we dug a little deeper.

Who was the photographer? Are these photos *actually* from Syria or elsewhere? *If* in Syria, when were the photos taken, where, what context…?

This would be a gargantuan investigation, if one is to look at every MSM allegation against Syria and follow the photo trail. It needs to be done, but will certainly take much time, as there is SO much mis-information and outright LIES out there on Syria (for example, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch tweeting a video of zionist-bombed and flattened al-Shujayee, Gaza, summer 2014, and claiming it to be Aleppo under “Assad’s barrel bombs”… that is just one of Roth’s many deceitful tweets. Due to outcry, he had to retract his tweet, but that hasn’t stopped his further lies.).

However, let’s take the case of Khaled Khatib, a photographer in Aleppo whose photos many MSM publications have used.

His photos put hearts on sleeves of easily-duped, perhaps well-intended viewers… But where is he photographing from, and with whom?

Khatib, a member of the Imperialist-founded “White Helmets” is embedded in terrorist territory in Aleppo.

latest NATO-backed terrorists’ mortar and rocket attacks on Damascus, Aleppo, Foua, Kafarya…


From “A Mortar’s Diary” FB page, burning car after two mortars on Baghdad Street, Damascus today.

Today, Damascus and Aleppo were pounded by NATO-backed terrorists’ rockets, according to various reports, including Syrians IN Damascus, like those who maintain the Facebook page “A Mortar’s Diary”, as well as Syrian news site SANA (which noted rocket attacks in Aleppo today as well):

“Two civilians were killed and two were injured on Monday in a terrorist rocket attack which targeted al-Khalediya neighborhood in Aleppo city.

A source at the Police Command told SANA’s correspondent that terrorists located in Bani Zeid neighborhood targeted al-Khalediya neighborhood with rocket shells, killing two civilians, injuring two more, and causing material damage to houses and properties.

A source at the University Hospital said that two people were admitted to the hospital’s ER with wounds of medium severity and received treatment.

On Sunday, nine civilians were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Mogambo neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, 13 civilians were injured on Monday in a series of terrorist mortar attacks on neighborhoods in Damascus.

A source at the Police Command told SANA’s correspondent that one mortar shell landed near Sheikh Raslan Mosque in Bab Touma neighborhood, injuring 10 civilians who were rushed to the French Hospital.

The source added that three more shells landed in Baghdad Street, injuring three civilians, and another shell struck Sheikh Mehiddin Mosque in Rukn Eddin area, causing significant material damage to the mosque, while two more shells fell in Shamdin square and al-Jibbeh, causing material damage.

Seven more shells landed in Harasta suburb, causing material damage to cars and shop but no casualties.

Terrorists fired scores of mortar and rocket shells on Damascus and its countryside on Sunday, killing two civilians and injuring 38.”

*and Al Masdar news‘ update:
“…Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) and Faylaq Al-Rahman (Al-Rahman Corps) fired over 100 rockets and mortar shells into the nation’s capital of Damascus on Sunday, killing a dozen civilians and injuring over 60 others.