Behind The Media Propaganda: Father Of "Drowned Syrian Boy" Was People Smuggler

Tyler Durden's picture

To a certain extent, the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” is unavoidable for anyone, but we don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Western society and especially the American public, exhibit a generalized ignorance to events taking place beyond their borders that’s completely out of synch with the degree to which most Westerners have easy access to information. That is, if the US public cared to know what was going on outside of suburbia and beyond the Starbucks drive-throughs and the strip mall Targets they most certainly could find out, but that would likely mean discovering all manner of really inconvenient and often disturbing things and so, at the end of the day, willful ignorance allows everyone to perpetuate the myth that everything is fine. For its part, the media is more than happy to expose harsh realities as long as they’re conducive to ratings so, for instance, “unarmed black teen shot 18 times by angry white police officer” works well, while “Syria’s bloody civil war continues unabated” does not because to the largely ignorant public, Syria might as well be Mars and if for some inexplicable reason, life or death ended up coming down to being able to correctly identify Syria on an unlabeled map, well, it would be time to start praying. 

Sometimes, however, the media stumbles across or, more likely, is fed an image or a series of images that are so indelible that they’re forced to run them, and the public consciousness is, if but for a fleeting moment, jarred out of its perpetual stupor. That’s what happened in 2013 when YouTube videos appeared to show the victims of a so-called “gas attack” that Bashar al-Assad decided, apparently out of the clear blue sky, to launch on his own people even though were the story true, it would seem to have been a rather peculiar strategy given that the strongman was fully aware that the US was just waiting on an excuse to launch a few cruise missiles. Then, a little more than two years later, we got another example of imagery powerful enough to focus the public’s attention on a far-away civil war when the body of a drowned toddler washed up on a beach in Turkey. 

And even though connecting the proverbial dots isn’t something everyday Westerners are particularly adept at, it wasn’t too difficult for the media to paint the picture: 1) drowned toddler was a refugee, 2) there’s a refugee crisis thanks largely to a war going on in a place called Syria which isn’t on Mars but is in fact in the Middle East, 3) this place called Syria is where ISIS is, 4) the Russians are there too. It would be difficult to come up with a narrative more conducive to rallying public support for an invasion if you were trying. And indeed, maybe someone was trying, because as Reuters reports, the drowned child’s father might not have been a fleeing migrant after all, but rather a people smuggler and Aylan might have been on the boat not because his family intended to save their child from the horrific violence escalating daily in Syria, but rather because profiting off of other people’s misery was his father’s chosen profession and he often brought his family along for the ride. Reuters has the story, excerpts from which are presented below.

Via Reuters:

The father of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi was working with smugglers and driving the flimsy boat that capsized trying to reach Greece, other passengers on board said, in an account that disputes the version he gave last week.

 

Ahmed Hadi Jawwad and his wife, Iraqis who lost their 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son in the crossing, told Reuters that Abdullah Kurdi panicked and accelerated when a wave hit the boat, raising questions about his claim that somebody else was driving the boat.

 

A third passenger confirmed their version of events, which Reuters could not independently verify.

 

"The story that (Aylan's father) told is untrue. I don't know what made him lie, maybe fear," Jawwad said in Baghdad at his in-laws' house on Friday. "He was the driver from the very beginning until the boat sank."

 

He said Kurdi swam to them and begged them to cover up his true role in the incident. His wife confirmed the details.

 

Jawwad said his point of contact with the smugglers was called Abu Hussein. "Abu Hussein told me that he (Kurdi) was the one who organized this trip," he said.

 

Amir Haider, 22, another Iraqi who said he was on the same boat, confirmed Jawwad's account and identified Kurdi as the driver. He told Reuters by telephone from Istanbul that he initially thought Kurdi was Turkish because he was not speaking, but later heard him talking to his wife in Syrian Arabic.

 

A photo of Aylan Kurdi's body in the surf off a popular Turkish holiday resort prompted sympathy and outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations in helping thousands of refugees using dangerous sea-routes to reach Europe, many of whom have fled Syria's four-year civil war.

And more from The Daily Telegraph:

THE father of the three-year-old boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, rocking the whole world to its core, has been accused of being a people smuggler who captained the fateful voyage.

 

A woman who lost two of her three children on the vessel made the stunning claims to Network Ten via her cousin, who lives in Sydney, on Friday night.

 

It was claimed on Friday night that his ­father Abdullah was a people smuggler who captained the dodgy boat for its entire voyage, capsizing in heavy seas and killing at least 12 people.

 

Iraq-based Zainab Abbas, via her Sydney-based cousin Lara Tahseen, told Ten News she paid $10,000 for the voyage and Aylan’s father was in charge of the boat.

 

“He was a smuggler, yes, he was the one driving the boat,’’ she said.

 

She claimed a separate people smuggler to whom they paid the money had told them the captain was taking his own children on the voyage.

 

“He said ‘don’t worry, the captain of the boat, the driver, is going to bring his two kids and his wife,” she said.

 

The woman claimed the boat was travelling faster than its capabilities and had too many desperate asylum seekers on board.

 

The family of five was told there would only be six on the boat but when they got on there were 14.

 

“He was going crazy, like speed,” she said.

 

“He was the one driving the boat right from the start. When they set off five minutes in he was looking left and right, worried, then he was speeding. Even his wife was screaming at him to slow down,” she said.

 

Ms Tahseen said when the family arrived in Istanbul they phoned a number they were told was Mr Kurdi’s but another man answered.

 

They paid this man the money and he told them when they arrived at the island they were heading for, on which they would move to another boat to go to Greece, to phone him.

 

He and Mr Kurdi would then split the money, Ms Tahseen claimed. The trip was only supposed to take 15 minutes.

Now obviously, what happened to Aylan (and to an untold number of other refugees fleeing the Mid-East) is a tragedy and whether or not his father was the man driving the boat and profiting from the refugee crisis or was in fact a victim fleeing war like everyone else doesn’t change that (and in many ways, if the above account is true, Aylan's fate is actually even more tragic), but what is does change is the narrative being fed to the public.

It also seems - again, assuming the story outlined above is accurate - that it's possible Kurdi brought his family on the trip in order to make those paying him for the ride more confident in his ability to get them from Turkey to Greece safely. "If I was a people smuggler, why would I put my family in the same boat as the other people?" Kurdi asked MailOnline. That's a good question, but one (admittedly macabre) explanation is that it was a kind of people smuggling marketing ploy, something along the lines of this: "you know you can trust me because I have my own family on board." A less conspiratorial take on that theory would be that he did intend to get his family out of the Mid-East and so he simply overloaded the boat because the collective safety of the passangers was secondary to getting his family out of harm's way, but even if that's the case, the exact opposite ended up happening because by putting too many people on the boat, he inadvertently doomed Aylan, and besides, anyway you look at it, he was looking to make $5,000 off of the other passengers' desperation.

Coming full circle, the greatest tragedy here is that the entire episode will be used as an excuse to drop still more bombs on Syria and eventually to justify a ground invasion and because the public can't see past the various smokescreens being employed here, Americans and Europeans will end up tacitly accepting the patently ridiculous idea that the best way to stem the flow of refugees is to bomb the place from which the refugees are fleeing. 

Of course the entire thing is made even more absurd by the verifiable fact that it was the West which destabilized Syria in the first place meaning Washington along with its European allies are now set to use a massive refugee crisis of their own making to create a still more massive refugee crisis by effectively doubling down on efforts to destabilize the country on the way to ousting Assad. And with that bolded passage in mind, we bring you what is quite possibly the most ironic statement to ever come from the mouth of a sitting US president:

Obama on Friday: "We are going to be engaging Russia to let them know that you can’t continue to double down on a strategy that’s doomed to failure in Syria."

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Took Red Pill's picture

new video from STG is a good summary of where we are, how we got here and where its headed;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvcq3OpX8qQ&list=TLsg-cG9FTFMMxMjA5MjAxN...

CaptainAmerika's picture
CaptainAmerika (not verified) Took Red Pill Sep 12, 2015 10:23 AM

Mexico(with the help of Space-X) is readying a single EMP weapon that will knock out all electronics on the entire planet and everything in orbit http://www.philiacband.com/propaganda.html

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

But this is why we need to allow illegal invaders to flood into the U.S., taking jobs from legal residents and citizens. 

 

IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!! HOW MANY MORE DEAD CHIOLDREN AND PUPPIES DO YOU WANT?!?!?!

 

(crying now...)

0b1knob's picture

And he was going to use his smuggling profits to get his teeth fixed.

TongueStun's picture
TongueStun (not verified) 0b1knob Sep 12, 2015 11:19 AM

WHICH MEDIA?

 

The Right Wing Christian Media? The Old Order Amish Media??? The Catholic Media? The Muslim dominated press?????

 

WHY be afraid to state that the media propaganda conspiracy is a product of the SOCIALIST ZIO-JEW MEDIA?

Pure Evil's picture

Kinda makes you wonder? If Trump gets elected on the pledge to start deporting illegals will the US also be deluged with a new massive wave of Hispanics, Chinese, Hindu Indians, Middle Easterners to the point he won't be able to handle it.

I doubt he could build a fence in two years. It would take the Armed Forces on the border to hold back the tsunami of refugees.

And, of course, we'd get the same sob stories we're seeing now.

Maybe this is just a prelude to what we can expect in the coming years.

Only now, they're just honing their crocodile tears propaganda to see what works on the stupid FULL LIBTARDS.

TongueStun's picture
TongueStun (not verified) Pure Evil Sep 12, 2015 12:02 PM

IF trump gets elected and IF Trump starts deporting Invaders, Trump WILL BE JFK'd....The illegal alien destruction of America is not Obama's doing.....but as a good Zio-Jew puppett and fellow America hater, he's more than happy to go along with it.

BaBaBouy's picture

Global MASS Media Esp BB Sea Full Of Absolute SHIT...

realmoney2015's picture

My theory is that they (the establishment they) are going to use this crisis (that they created by intervening in the middle east for decades) to ship terrorists and ISIS into America. They ( the esablishment) will also arm them with more weapons and plans to carry out attacks. They (the establishment) will let the attacks take place. They (the establishment) will then blame the collapse on terrorists. They (the establishment) will then take more freedoms and have drones and military (police) patroling our country.

James_Cole's picture

What in the ever-loving-fuck is the author trying to get at with this story? They are quoting REUTERS for their big 'scoop', hello! Reuters IS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, and then talking about uninformed people following the msm?

Then, there's some vague point about the father being a people smuggler escaping Syria...smuggling his own kids!

Coming full circle, the greatest tragedy here is that the entire episode will be used as an excuse to drop still more bombs on Syria and eventually to justify a ground invasion and because the public can't see past the various smokescreens being employed here

er what??

LetThemEatRand's picture

If anything, this particular MSM (Reuters) story helps the official narrative that bombing Syria is a good idea.  The basic take-away of the story is that a bad Syrian guy drowned his own son smuggling others for profit.  How convenient.

The bullshit propaganda onion has many layers.  This author just bit right into it.

James_Cole's picture

"If I was a people smuggler, why would I put my family in the same boat as the other people?" Kurdi asked MailOnline. That's a good question, but one (admittedly macabre) explanation is that it was a kind of people smuggling marketing ploy, something along the lines of this: "you know you can trust me because I have my own family on board."

This point is particularly inane. So, according to the author it's plausible that this man managed to get his entire family through syria, through turkey to the mediterranean sea all in some insanely sociopathic scheme to make a few extra bucks convincing a group of people (who let's face it probably had LOTS OF OPTIONS because people smuggling is a buyers market) that his boat must be safe because his family is all on it (including him!!).

That's some high level diabolical mental retardation right there.

corsair's picture

The original story stinks.

This follow-up stinks even more.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

right. TOLD TEN NEWS. thats an australian news outlet. the kind that would say anything to demonise asylum seekers in anglo-centric righteousness

i should know. im an anglo aussie.

L Bean's picture

Top comment. 

"OoOO look over here no look over there no wai look at that greedy brown person. Aren't the ones from Syria terrorists anyway? The kid was obv a future terrorist"

The fart smell of this board's smug is fucking overwhelming. Talk about divide and conquer.

L Bean's picture

It bears repeating. Inane is an understatement.

So, according to the author it's plausible that this man managed to get his entire family through syria, through turkey to the mediterranean sea all in some insanely sociopathic scheme to make a few extra bucks

beemasters's picture

How the hell anyone could fall for this, I will never know. Does anyone ever insist pilots bring their families just so we would be convinced to fly?

Besides, if it was the case, Kurdi could have just lied and nobody would have bothered to check if he was indeed married (to anyone on the boat). Hell, if I were a paying passenger, I would rather he didn't bring them aboard for the free ride while adding unnecessary extra pounds.

 

ZD1's picture

Drop more bombs on Syria? Not while Putin's forces are there.

 

 

James_Cole the UK gay troll living on the government dole doubts that any Muslim would ever smuggle other Muslims into the welfare countries of Europe?

How does James_Cole know? Maybe he gets his information while servicing his Muzzie masters?

 

Meanwhile, the nationalist Sweden Democrats staged a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other through areas of northern Stockholm where Muslims make up a majority of the population – 75 per cent, according to some accounts. The Sweden Democrats think they’ve struck gold with marches designed to provoke Muslims into throwing stones at homosexuals and force Left-wing gays into defending their oppressors.

 

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/07/swedish-nationalists-pl...

 

 

James_Cole's picture

ZD1, zee non-sequitur bot.

L Bean's picture

Muzzies and fags muzzies and fags muzzies and fags GOOD GRIEF GET A HOBBY

847328_3527's picture

Haven't seen this reported by any Soros news site yet ... so it can't be true.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) TongueStun Sep 12, 2015 2:22 PM

They want to Balkanize America like they are doing in the Middle East.

Small countries they can more easily handle.

Balkanize yet create Global Governance.

sick fucks

BaBaBouy's picture

Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies, Meanwhile HUNGARY Takes The Brunt Of This Organized Confusion...

Never One Roach's picture

Hungary was suckered punched, no doubt. Their common sense move is to do "the humanitarian thing" and round these people up, place them in safe place and return them to their homes.

Bokkenrijder's picture

I live in Germany and quite honestly: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON!!!

It feels like I'm living in the USSR, or North Korea, the propaganda is relentless and the floodgates with 'refugees' remain open.

Anyone who even mumbles that "hmm, maybe it's not such a good idea" it automatically labelled a "racist" or "neo-nazi."

The emotional propaganda is absolutely nauseating and I'm still wondering what the politicians are distracting us sheeple from. What's going on?! What sick Middle Eastern war are they drawing us into?! What multicultural disaster are they creating!? Juncker, Merkel, Rutte, Cameron, Hollande, Obama, all of them!

What the FUCK is going on?! What the FUCK are they doing?!

This will end in tears, lot's of tears!

p.s. here's an Australian TV documentary about Aylan's father: http://www.smh.com.au/world/migrant-crisis/aylan-kurdis-father-is-a-peop...

BaBaBouy's picture

Whats Going On?
Your country is being REDUCED down to an average common denominator of lets say Bulgaria...
Some Will Say, Bulgaria Is Nice...

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Bokkenrijder Sep 12, 2015 2:26 PM

Watch this, it should explain it to you.

One thing is we should not be afraid to be called racists or nazis.

10 yrs ago I watched a youtube from an old KGB defector from the 80s and he said

"Americans police Americans" Yeah they do, and on 911 if you doubted the official TV story

they yelled at you.

These sickos have studied the sheeple mind and know exactly how to tune them up.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7IaCcAJQwY

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Wow. I knew things were bad in Sweden but, wow. Thanks for posting that, it is valuable background info, and really illustrates what a totally fucked up situation they have on their hands.

847328_3527's picture

Bokken, keep reading ZH for accurate updates. The MSM, even in America is so slanted and distorted most people are mislead also. Unfortunately, this is a great case of, "Hoping for the best and preparing for the worse."

 

Oh yeah, great video about Stockholm. I was there a few years ago and the Muslim ghettoes close to the city are so dangerous at night I could not go out of my hotel. Hard to believe Sweden is this suicidal.

CheapBastard's picture

Good link Chris. It confirms my suspicions; accepting these illegals refugees is all about subsidizing the construction and banking industries who will pocket billions building these news cement boxes. You can be sure those politicans will be richer along the way also. This is an indirect bailout forcing taxpayers to transfer their wealth to bankers and RE people.

 

 

Bokkenrijder's picture

Thanks for the link Chris Dakota, this is EXACTLY what's going on in Germany and my native Belgium/Netherlands as well.

MSimon's picture

One thing is we should not be afraid to be called racists or nazis.

 

What you have to watch out for is being called a Jew. That can get you killed.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/white-supremacist-admits-three-kansas-murders-seek...

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Bokkenrijder Sep 12, 2015 2:42 PM

To tell you the truth I don't believe this woman.

I don't believe any of them at this point.

I saw her ID, looked at her chart their is zero indicators at this

time of losing her children. Nothing in the kids charts either.

Im sorry this always shows because this would be an earth shattering event.

If the boat driver could lie like this, so could she. Then begs to go to Australia.

And if you want to say we astrologers can't see this it is because you have been BUSTED.

This is fake, this is a lie, she is a liar, a Piscean liar major league.

 

Joe Plane's picture

<<This will end in tears, lot's of tears!>>

And blood, unfortunately.

NoPension's picture

All he has to do, is announce a zero tolerance policy for the enforcement of E-verify.
The law is already on the books. Jack up the employer penalty to $5000.00 per offence. We love the illeagals. Not laying a hand on them, or saying a word.

Then you motherfuckers will understand the term " self- deport" . Ha!

Then get the lazy EBT FSA to start doing some work. Or starve.

ZD1's picture

Don't forget to turn off the welfare spigot and stop the anchor baby scam...

kaiserhoff's picture

Agree completely,

  but when was it reduced from $10,000 per offense?

Enforce the laws.

Sanity Bear's picture

He was going to use the German taxpayer to get his teeth fixed.

 

The smuggling profits were for his own pocket only.

carlnpa's picture

Fine the employer of the illegal $10,000 a day, for every day they were employed.

Offer the snitch that turns them in 50% finders fee.

Every fucking illegal will be gone by the end of the day.

No families broken up, no draconiain purge.

NoPension's picture

It's really that simple.

l8apex's picture

The only thing that Mexico is capable of putting together is a good cheesy + spicy burrito.  Don't be an idiot.  Please.

Pure Evil's picture

I thought their specialty was Montezuma's revenge.

robertocarlos's picture

MASA already put an Orca on the Moon. And it only cost 200 dollars. 

Mr Poopra's picture

Good link.  STG is a patriot.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Since the cover story was exposed as shit, we now have this cover story.  It is also shit.

MalteseFalcon's picture

"Westerners have easy access to information. That is, if the US public cared to know what was going on outside of suburbia and beyond the Starbucks drive-throughs and the strip mall Targets they most certainly could find out, but that would likely mean discovering all manner of really inconvenient and often disturbing things and so, at the end of the day, willful ignorance allows everyone to perpetuate the myth that everything is fine."

Westerners know everything is not fine.  They know that their ability to change things is quite limited.  Westerners have easy access to bogus, manipulative information, but little access to truth.  It is planned this way by the powerful.

The story of the little boy is a set up, start to finish.

Whoa Dammit's picture

About half the people in the US today don't seem to have the reasoning power of a squirrel. I don't know if its the water, big pharma, GMO's, etc. or what, but people here are a whole lot stupider these days.