NYT Mocks Assad and Syrian Suffering
by Stephen Lendman
Meeting with Western journalists on Monday, Assad was forthright, honest and candid, the way he always addresses issues affecting Syria and its people.
If accusations claiming he’s committing crimes of war and against humanity were true, as media scoundrels claim, he would have lost public support long ago, he explained.
He’s overwhelmingly popular. Syrians want no one else leading them, what media scoundrels never report, substituting state-sponsored propaganda instead, some of the most deplorable reporting in memory.
“No one (is) talking about war crimes” and atrocities committed by US-supported terrorists, he stressed. Disgraceful headlines scream “(T)he bad president, the bad guy, is killing the good guys.”
Western reporting is upside down. Terrorists murdering civilian men, women and children are called “freedom fighters.”
Assad was overwhelming reelected in June 2014 by an 89% majority – a process independent monitors called open, free and fair. He justifiably believes he’s entitled to serve his full seven-year term.
“If you’re the captain of the ship, when you have a storm, you don’t jump in the water. You lead it to shore,” he stressed.
Syria threatens no other country. It didn’t rape Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and its own provinces. America, NATO, their rogue allies, and terrorist foot soldiers bear full responsibility.
Washington falsely says it’s fighting terrorists. It’s supporting the scourge it claims it’s against, said Assad. The reason for Obama’s war on Syria “is about (Illegally) toppling the government,” not humanitarian intervention or democracy building.
The Times, like other media scoundrels, maintains the myth of “civil war,” disgracefully blaming Assad for US-led high crimes, using ISIS and other terrorists to do its killing and dying, including cutthroat killers called “moderates.”
The self-styled newspaper of record said meeting with Assad was “surreal.” It’s so used to proliferating state-sponsored propaganda, it doesn’t recognize straight talk when it hears it.
He’s “secure in his palace because he has outsourced much of the war to Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces,” it said.
Fact: Syria’s military is the lead force combating US-supported terrorists, aided by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah – freedom fighting against the scourge of Western imperialism, supported by regional rogue states.
The Times: Syrian warplanes “indiscriminately pounded insurgent-held residential areas daily for years; government forces that have imposed starvation sieges; and state detention facilities that hold thousands of people – including peaceful protesters, bloggers and other civilians arrested seemingly at random – who languish without trial, often under torture.”
Fact: The Times and other media scoundrels function as US administration and Pentagon press agents, publishing propaganda they’re told to report, suppressing hard truths exposing the state-sponsored narrative.
Assad is right asking where’s the proof supporting allegations against him, his government and military? It’s not forthcoming because it doesn’t exist. At the same time, horrendous US war crimes are whitewashed.
Syria won’t surrender its sovereignty. It won’t voluntarily become “a puppet country,” he stressed, while denying the existence of political prisoners.
Anyone supporting ISIS and other terrorists support “killers,” he said, adding he granted amnesty to thousands of prisoners to pave the way for “any solution in our society.”
He’s combating foreign sponsored terrorism, his obligation as Syria’s leader. US-led intervention flagrantly violates international law.
No nation has the right to rape another one for any reason. Might makes might is indefensible by any standard.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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