There is no shortage of lies being spread about Syria. To make an overview of it all would be a monumental task. But there is one particular trend that absolutely disgusts me and has kept me up at night. I’m talking about the use of children to manipulate the emotions of westerners. For example, who could forget Omran Daqneesh?
His image was paraded through all the major outlets. A CNN actress was even made to cry on camera. Chrisiane Amanpour showed the picture to Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov to prompt a response. CNN never did an honest followup to see how little Omran is doing. And there is a good reason for that.
He’s fine, and the story his family and neighbors have to tell is not allowed on American TV. His father, like almost all Arab Syrians, is a supporter of the Assad government, and he says there was no airstrike. He didn’t know where the bomb came from, but it’s quite certain that it must have come from within rebel-held East Aleppo. The white helmets had originally chosen a teenage girl to sit in that seat for the photo op, but then decided Omran would be a better fit. He was used without his parents permission. An unknown western journalist offered the father $10,000 to lie and say it was the government, but he refused. He then received death threats for his noncompliance. The Russian foreign ministry challenged Amanpour go interview the boy and his family. Not surprisingly, she didn’t reply. Apparently it didn’t fit the narrative.
Equally troubling is the case of Bana Alabed who tweeted, in impeccable English, about how her and her family were under assault from the Syrian government and the Russians and that they could die at any moment.
Her cause was predictably picked up and promoted by the US media in late 2016. In early 2017 she was evacuated to Istanbul where this particular propaganda ploy became more complicated. The problem was that the seven-year-old couldn’t speak English, and surely her hundreds of thousands of twitter followers would expect an oral interview at some point. The first attempt was with a South African journalist whose first question was “Do you like the food in Istsanbul?” to which she replied, in a heavy accent, “save the children of Syria.” The journalist. a bit taken aback, changed tactics, and tried “What do you think about Istanbul?” Bana, her mother having whispered something in Arabic about liking food in her ear, responded with “fish.”Next came this hilarious and sad CNN propaganda fail in which she is obviously reading badly off a teleprompter just under the camera. There is really not much I can say about it. You just have to click on the link. At the moment of writing it has 82 likes and 656 dislikes. It is somewhat encouraging to see CNN fail so spectacularly.
Then she was whisked off to meet Erdogan for Turkish propaganda purposes.
After the liberation of East Aleppo, it was discovered that her father was a judge in an Al-Qaeda-linked sharia court. Still no followup on CNN.
Children that received less media coverage include Abdallah Issa, a ten-year-old Aleppo boy who was beheaded by US-backed, ‘moderate’ rebels.
And the dozens of hungry children who were lured, by those pesky ‘moderates’, out of their evacuation buses to a bomb-laden pick up truck with promises of free potato chips.
Nope. CNN just labeled this a “hick-up”on the path to peace.
This is nothing new. Surely if you were around in the nineties, you remember this one.
In short, if you see I child on TV trying to persuade you to support a war, please remember (and I don’t use caps lock lightly) YOU ARE BEING MANIPULATED. PERIOD.