Here We Go Again: YouTube Clips Of Syrian "Chemical Attacks" Are Back - Meet The Man Behind The Propaganda

Tyler Durden's picture

US foreign policy is becoming so easy and predictable, even Derek Zoolander can do it.

Two weeks ago, when discussing the relentless attempts to provoke, or at least greenlight another quasi war with Syria's president Assad, we wrote "one can be confident that the ISIS "campaign" will continue and get ever
closer to Damascus until yet another appropriately-framed YouTube clip appears and leads to another war with Assad."

Fast forward to today, when precisely this script which by now everyone could predict, is being rerun.

According to Reuters, "a group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation." Of course it could be just a bunch of actors like in the summer of 2013, but that's irrelevant - there is a YouTube clip out there and it is only a matter of time before John Kerry latches on to it as this year's pretext to declare war on Syria.

Syria would laugh if it could, however it can't: "a Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. "We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don't need to use it," the source said."

Too late: the "facts" are out there: "The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict through a network of sources, said the six dead included a man, his wife and their three children. It cited medical sources as saying they died as a result of gas from barrel bombs dropped late on Monday and that the chemical used was likely chlorine. Dozens more were wounded in the attack, the Observatory said. Reuters could not independently verify the report."

The propaganda is coming hot and heavy:

The Idlib branch of the Syrian Civil Defense rescue organization, which operates in insurgent-held areas, posted seven videos on YouTube, some at nighttime and some in a medical center.

 

One video showed three children and a woman, all apparently unconscious, in a medical center. A voice off camera said the name of the village, Sarmin, and Monday's date.

 

"One of the infants, only a few months old," a male voice says, shaking, as he films a baby on a gurney with liquid around its mouth. Two more infants with limp bodies are brought in, one by a man wearing a gas mask and another carrying a young girl.

 

"She's still alive doctor," a man checking the girl says. "Doctor, doctor, she is still breathing."

 

The Syrian Civil Defense includes more than 2,000 humanitarian volunteers, known as the "White Helmets" for the hard hats they wear, who work as first responders in a country where the medical infrastructure has broken down.

 

Another video posted by the group and shot at night showed a very young girl, naked except for underwear and pink shoes, being doused in liquid by people wearing white helmets, her horrified expression illuminated by their headlamps shining on her face.

This is a good time for a look at just who this Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is, aside from an organization with some pretty impressive video editing skills. Here is a report from April 2013 written before the release of the infamous summer of 2013 YouTube clip which almost provoked world war over Syria, and should provide sufficient doubt about the veracity of any YouTube-based clips.

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Pro-Democracy Terrorism”: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU

The NYT admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU and one other “European country.”

In reality, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has long ago been exposed as an absurd propaganda front operated by Rami Abdul Rahman out of his house in England’s countryside. According to a December 2011 Reuters article titled, “Coventry – an unlikely home to prominent Syria activist,” Abdul Rahman admits he is a member of the so-called “Syrian opposition” and seeks the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad:

After three short spells in prison in Syria for pro-democracy activism, Abdulrahman came to Britain in 2000 fearing a longer, fourth jail term.

 

“I came to Britain the day Hafez al-Assad died, and I’ll return when Bashar al-Assad goes,” Abdulrahman said, referring to Bashar’s father and predecessor Hafez, also an autocrat.

One could not fathom a more unreliable, compromised, biased source of information, yet for the past two years, his “Observatory” has served as the sole source of information for the endless torrent of propaganda emanating from the Western media. Perhaps worst of all, is that the United Nations uses this compromised, absurdly overt source of propaganda as the basis for its various reports – at least, that is what the New York Times now claims in their recent article, “A Very Busy Man Behind the Syrian Civil War’s Casualty Count.”

The NYT piece admits:

Military analysts in Washington follow its body counts of Syrian and rebel soldiers to gauge the course of the war. The United Nations and human rights organizations scour its descriptions of civilian killings for evidence in possible war crimes trials. Major news organizations, including this one, cite its casualty figures.

 

Yet, despite its central role in the savage civil war, the grandly named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is virtually a one-man band. Its founder, Rami Abdul Rahman, 42, who fled Syria 13 years ago, operates out of a semidetached red-brick house on an ordinary residential street in this drab industrial city [Coventry, England].

The New York Times also for the first time reveals that Abdul Rahman’s operation is indeed funded by the European Union and a “European country” he refuses to identify:

Money from two dress shops covers his minimal needs for reporting on the conflict, along with small subsidies from the European Union and one European country that he declines to identify.

Photo: “Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights (Reuters)

Abdelrahman is not the “head” of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, he is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, run out of his UK-based house as a one-man operation.

And while Abdul Rahman refuses to identify that “European country,” it is beyond doubt that it is the United Kingdom itself – as Abdul Rahman has direct access to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, who he has been documented meeting in person on multiple occasions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. The NYT in fact reveals that it was the British government that first relocated Abdul Rahman to Coventry, England after he fled Syria over a decade ago because of his anti-government activities:

When two associates were arrested in 2000, he fled the country, paying a human trafficker to smuggle him into England. The government resettled him in Coventry, where he decided he liked the slow pace.

Abdul Rahman is not a “human rights activist.” He is a paid propagandist. He is no different than the troupe of unsavory, willful liars and traitors provided refuge in Washington and London during the Iraq war and the West’s more recent debauchery in Libya, for the sole purpose of supplying Western governments with a constant din of propaganda and intentionally falsified intelligence reports designed specifically to justify the West’s hegemonic designs.

Abdul Rahman’s contemporaries include the notorious Iraqi defector Rafid al-Janabi, codename “Curveball,” who now gloats publicly that he invented accusations of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the West’s casus belli for a 10 year war that ultimately cost over a million lives, including thousands of Western troops, and has left Iraq still to this day in shambles. There’s also the lesser known Dr. Sliman Bouchuiguir of Libya, who formed the foundation of the pro-West human rights racket in Benghazi and now openly brags in retrospect that tales of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s atrocities against the Libyan people were likewise invented to give NATO its sought-after impetus to intervene militarily.

Unlike in Iraq and Libya, the West has failed categorically to sell military intervention in Syria, and even its covert war has begun to unravel as the public becomes increasingly aware that the so-called “pro-democracy rebels” the West has been arming for years are in fact sectarian extremists fighting under the banner of Al Qaeda. The charade that is the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” is also unraveling. It is unlikely that the New York Times’ limited hangout will convince readers that Rami Abdul Rahman is anything other than another “Curveball” helping the corporate-financier elite of Wall Street and London sell another unnecessary war to the public.

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This was written in April 2013, before the person above with the wilful assistance of his UK and EU funders, released the first YouTube clip meant to unleash war in Syria, and permit the passage of a Qatari gas pipeline under the nation, ending Gazprom's energy monopoly over Europe.  The first time failed, and now the "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" is back and eager to succeed where its warmongering propaganda failed the first time around.

Draw your own conclusions.

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Bryan's picture

YouTube makes for a great propaganda machine.  I think the central powers are finally catching on.

y3maxx's picture

...Behind the curtain, pushing and pulling the buttions and levers is..... Bibi

Max Hunter's picture

The Jews will get their war.  They always do.

Paveway IV's picture

[Bryan] "...I think the central powers are finally catching on..."

Finally? They were gearing up the Syrian rebel propaganda machine months before the fake Sarin attack in East Ghouta. Didn't it strike you as a bit odd that East Ghouta neighborhoods had no running water or electricity or cell phone service, but 'local activists' were able to upload pre-edited dramatic video on some kind of high-speed internet connections? Internet connections which, presumably, were monitored and controlled by the Syrian government? Same thing applies if they were using their cell phones to upload the videos - the Syrian government controlls the cell phone networks. 

The local 'rebel activists' had some kind of pre-arranged methods of uploading their videos that the Syrian government couldn't disable or intercept. U.S. provided satellite-intenet access comes to mind. Now why would the U.S. gov provide computers and satellite internet access to these activists before the supposed Sarin attack? 

"...Behind the curtain, pushing and pulling the buttions and levers is..... Bibi..."

He's a large part of it, y3maxx. But the U.S. and the ME oil mafia have just as much incentive. Israel would have benefitted most from a U.S. cruise missile attack on Syria. Bibi was absolutely furious with Obama for backing down. But the U.S. and the ME oil mafia 'made it up to Israel' by establishing a huge Syrian rebel (mostly al Nusra) JSOC training camp in Jordan. The rebels of that so-called 'Southern Army' were the first to get the U.S. TOW missiles. Their military operations were confined almost exclusively to taking out Syrian anti-aircraft and electronic surveilance sites on the hills bordering the Golan. Israel and the U.S. wanted unhindered drone and bomber access to Damascus and got it. The same thing happened in North West Syria on the coastal hills - again, benefitting Israel and the U.S. by opening an air corridor for attacking North Syrian cities.

Israel and the GCC still have some conflicting goals - namely natural gas pipelines. Qatari gas piped across Syria would ultimately compete with the Leviathan Field gas of Israel, so it seems odd that they would cooperate. I could see Israel eventually back-stabbing Qatar by constantly blowing up their pipeline while Israeli gas pipelines kept flowing. Those attacks would, of course, be blamed on ISIS. Not sure how that's going to play out, but all these powers are cooperating (however reluctantly) to get rid of Assad first. Al Nusra has every incentive to attack Israel, so they are obviously being paid not to attack it. Israel is even providing medical support for them in the Golan and Jordan. It 'seems' their plans have gone off the rails, but there's too much at stake. You know they're all scheming behind the scenes. As long as Israel/U.S./GCC can act before Russia does, they'll get what they want.

BigJim's picture

You post some excellent stuff, Pave; thanks.

Keep it up, please :-)

Kaiser Wilhelm II's picture

Rule number one : Never change a winning team.

robertsgt40's picture

Don't look for anything to change for the better as long as Israel dictates US foreign policy.

COSMOS's picture

DUDE looks like a POS willing to destroy a country so he can make a few million.  SCUM

cn13's picture

No different than our politicians here in the U.S.

YHC-FTSE's picture

There is one type of creature that I can neither abide nor begin to understand. The creature in exile that whispers lies about his own people, his own nation to murder those he left behind. The creature that knows full well every penny he receives to tell his lies mean one more innocent child dying an excruciating death in the turmoil he is helping to create.

It's not as if he can't see the fucking consequences - all he has to do is look at Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, and Afghanistan to confirm what happens when the MIC gets its dirty rotten mitts on a country. The bloke is an anal abscess on the arse of SCUM. He belongs in Coventry.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The best source for details on what is happening in Syria is Ziad at Syrian Perspective.

http://www.syrianperspective.com

Yes, he is biased in favor of the Syrian people, the Syrian government, and the Syrian armed forces, and biased against the Coalition of the Killing, and he makes this clear. So what?

He also provides detailed reports from his sources in Syria.

As for the scumbag that calls himself the Syrian Observatory on Human Rights, he's just another shill in the employ of MI6.

Another one is Eliot Higgins of the infamous propaganda site BellingCat. He was also quick to accuse the Syrian government of the Ghouta chemical attack (exposed by Seymour Hersh as a false flag). The guy came out of nowhere with bogus pseudoscientific claims and became the go-to reference for Human Rights Watch. His claims were subsequently discredited by a real scientist.

Last year Higgins generated more pseudoscience in support of the west's claims about Russian complicity in the downing of MH17. This year, he claimed that US-made rifles found at the Donetsk airport after Kiev troops were driven out were not supplied by the US/NATO, but were Russian "trophies" from Georgia in 2008.

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/15/2428

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/23/2690

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/19/2529

LeisureSmith's picture

Here's an oldie but a goodie from Charlie Skelton about that much quoted syrian opposition. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/12/syrian-opposition-d...

SyriaL Stowlker's picture

Da Duude will Never make Millions in his dreams , those Faggots work really on the cheap & they do it for peanuts ... He's basically a MooSlime sisterhood member & that's why he's been arrested several times and eventually fled Syria ...

Back in 2011 and the beginning of the ' revolution ' some of My own emloyees would not show up to work because they'd spend the day demonstrating against the Govrnmnt because they got paid between $5 - $10 a day , they figured they earned more demonstrating than working an honest job .

JustObserving's picture
More lies from the most admired man in this world per 2014 Gallup poll - he will not be denied his war in Syria:

 

Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack 10 December 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published an article demonstrating that the US government and President Barack Obama knowingly lied when they claimed that the Syrian government had carried out a sarin gas attack on insurgent-held areas last August.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/10/pers-d10.html

RonBurgundy's picture

Ahmed Chalabi, call your office, there may be an opening for you. . . .

NoDebt's picture

Hey, I have a novel idea.  How about we stay the fuck out of the ME completely.  

jay28elle's picture

The problem with this approach, unfortunately, is the problems are and have been spreading.  We're in the middle east right now diverting attention away from the rapid spread of problems in Europe, Asia, and Americas.

Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) jay28elle Mar 17, 2015 8:55 AM

we've been in the ME since the fake yom kippur war...this was to save the FRN after Nixon closed the gold window.......we will be there until the FRN is officially dead

HonkyShogun's picture
HonkyShogun (not verified) Usurious Mar 17, 2015 10:39 AM

"we will be there until the FRN is officially dead"

 

That looks to be at least a few weeks out.

Sanity Bear's picture

The US has been there longer than that - remember we overthrew Iran's democracy in 1953. And TPTB have been there even longer using Britain and France as the vehicles through which they exercised power.

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

You're still not going far enough back.  This predates the establishment Iraq and Syria (mainly) under the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916, cutting up and dividing the remains of the Ottoman Empire.  Oil was the issue then, and oil remains the issue now.

Iwanttoknow's picture

Wrong.We were there,starting with the first day of Lindon Blow Johnson.

NoVa's picture

let him/her know   send him an email -  RAMI@clintonemail.com

 

cn13's picture

Because Israel wants us there.  AIPAC owns our Congress and thus our military from top to bottom.

We fight their wars so they don't have to.

cn13's picture

Confidence in governments world-wide is nearing a total collapse.

doggis's picture

TAKE NOTES HERE - NOW "THAT" IS JOURNALISM!!!!   THANKS ZH!!!

AynRandFan's picture

Did you read any factual evidence in this story to back up the breast-pounding conclusions?  No.

A_latvian's picture

Iraq DID have WMDs. They just weren't cartoonish bulbous-shaped bombs with "Death To America" on the side, so no one cared to report about it.
ZH is as much a part of the propaganda machine as this piece of garbage.

McCormick No. 9's picture

The ugliest trolls come from Latvia.

Consuelo's picture

What dolt I am...   Here I was looking up 'McCormick No. 9' - because I thought it was a 'seasoning' I might not have tried yet...  

Philo Beddoe's picture

I just assume everyone is full of shit or working an angle.  I am rarely dissapointed. 

Consumer Farm's picture

 

Iraq had chemical weapons, they were supplied by the USA and the west during the Iran-Iraq war. Those were found but they were not reported in the MSM widely.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/03/world/middleeast/chemical-...

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casual...

farflungstar's picture

You've earned your potato for the day, but it's too late to play the WMD card, that ship sailed LONG ago. We sold them to Saddam so he could gas Iranians and other Iraqis who opposed him. France, Germany, the UK all took part in those sales and it is no secret. The WMD were not active as bio and chemical weapons do have a shelf life.

Old WMD found by our "frenemies" ISIS: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10913275/Isis-...

Just because some shit was found from the 1980's and 90's it still doesn't excuse the war, or the Depleted Uranium WMD we used over there which causes some horrendous birth defects and has a million year shelf life.

 

ClowardPiven2016's picture

What savages! In the interest of national security, peacekeeping and democracy, they should use drone launched $110,000.00 high-explosive anti-tank warheads to incinerate people like the USA. Don't they understand there is a proper protocol that needs to be followed when killing people.

Bill of Rights's picture

Whew! for a second there I thought Ebola was going mainstream again...

Chuck Knoblauch's picture

I wish Obozo would stop telling the world to fvck him.

Mr. Bones's picture

The rebels are confirmed to have used chemical weapons and so far the evidence that Assad used them has been iffy.  Assad has said he's willing to give the weapons up if there are assurances the west will stop blaming him for using the weapons they can't prove he used.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5fBZUfVwn0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbNyLIxqTWU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSMPnAAL7Is

Or we could do a "political transition by constitutional means" and allow radicals to take over yet another nation. 

Deus Irate's picture

The following is why this so called "new" evidence is being pushed: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/16/us-iraq-islamicstate-idUSKBN0M...

 

 

jay28elle's picture

As I've said before WTF does Assad have to gain by gassing a few citizens?  He has much crueler means to accomplish this, and he has easier means to do this IF HE WANTED.  

Gaddafi, part duex.

 

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

I never believe ANYTHING from someone who looks like a cantaloupe...

MrBoompi's picture

Nobody seems to be upset by the 250,000 deaths caused by "conventional" warfare. Why? The U.S. is responsible for that.

Seize Mars's picture

On a related note, but slightly OT, has Putin been whacked and replaced with a double? If that's true then BUY CRUDE OIL WITH BOTH HANDS because US/Israel is about to a) take Syria and b) invade Iran.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

got "pivot"?...

I think this band sums it up better than anything "the white chimp" in Washington with the help of his hurdy gurdy owner in Tel Aviv can come up with!

 

adonisdemilo's picture

It's a pity that William Hague gives this nutter time and apparent credence to his twisted ideology.

Hague is, or rather, was, a staight up Yorkshire bloke and on following his political progress since his stand up speech at the Tory conference when he was just 16 years old I fear that not only has he been "got at " by TPTB but also that he listens to some extremely weird advice.

It's always been the case that it's easy, and usually accurate, to judge people by the friends and the company that they keep.

DavidC's picture

"...even Derek Zoolander can do it."

One of the many reasons I like ZH so much!!

DavidC