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Imagine a country, neither more nor less democratic than many other countries around it, whose suddenly thrown into turmoil by factions fighting within it. These factions, supported financially and militarily by certain countries neighbouring it and beyond, wish to destabilise and fracture the country to change the power ratios in the region for their own ends. Imagine a world where some countries readily and callously turn a blind eye to the human death and misery which results from pushing through such a narrative.

As far-fetched as this story sounds, this same scenario is being played out at the present time in Syria. To the average person it must seem such a confusing situation where, on the one hand, there seems to be a serious lack of impetus to destroy a brutal and genocidal group(ISIS) and on the other where terrorist groups have been armed, supported and rebranded as ‘moderate opposition groups’. It seems the causation of the escalating refugee crisis has been completely ignored by the mainstream media, preferring instead to paint President Assad as some war criminal intent on barrel bombing Syria’s civilians into submission and the primary cause of the civil unrest.

It must be acknowledged that things rarely happen in a vacuum and before the civil war erupted in Syria certain countries had been arming terrorist groups to fight against Assad’s forces. Indeed, if we accept the west’s definition of a ‘moderate opposition group’ then surely the IRA must now be considered as a ‘moderate opposition group’. The point is that this bogus and highly misleading terminology gives rise to the fanciful idea that groups which actively fight against their own government with, at times, a complete disregard for civilian life are somehow moderate. The branding of terrorist organisations linked to highly extremist groups which follow extremist ideologies as ‘moderate’ simply fits the narrative. It serves to legitimise the funding and support countries such as USA, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel give to these terrorist organisations. These countries along with a few others and their mainstream media have agreed on the narrative that Assad must be deposed and the country fractured on tribal or religious grounds inhibiting Shia influence and power in the region.

These countries governments have a callous disregard for the civilian deaths or the human suffering resulting from the displacement of people. They have no impetus to solve the civil war in Syria by cutting funding to terrorist organisations or by stopping the supply of arms, insisting instead that Assad must go before there can be any prospect of peace in the region. The proxy war which is being waged by Britain and the US against ISIS is simply playing the waiting game, hoping some Sunni movement will emerge to overthrow ISIS and maintain Sunni influence in the region. And let’s not forget a fractured Syria will do wonders for the arms industry for years to come.  

The actions of the countries who support the narrative verges on criminality and people should really start to question their governments actions. Since Russian military involvement in Syria, which has in many ways been a game changer, it has become almost comical how some countries are still desperately trying to cling onto the narrative, defiantly believing they can bring about Syria’s demise to serve their own ends.


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