Russia Blamed For The Eastern Ghouta Crisis: The West's Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

Authored by Peter Korzun via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

As usual, the West has demonstrated its ability to fire off a quick response when it comes to slamming Russia for something it has not done. This time it’s about Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb under terrorist control. The accusation? Russia and its ally Syria are guilty of killing innocent civilians, thanks to their "devastating" attacks and "siege-and-starve tactics." It’s the same old story – no actions against terrorists are permissible because of the risk of collateral damage. The Western media have jumped on the anti-Russia bandwagon as readily as if they were orchestra members carefully following the tempo of their conductor’s baton. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wasted no time chiming in.

One has to do some digging into the problem to see what’s really happening in Eastern Ghouta. It was reportedon Feb. 21 that talks to end the hostilities had broken down because the terrorists had refused to lay down their arms. The anti-government groups, including the notorious Al-Nusra(Hayat Tahrir al-Sham), have prevented civiliansfrom leaving this dangerous zone. They are obstructing the humanitarian operations of international aid agencies, such as the Red Cross and World Food Program. The UN has repeatedly expressed its concern over the situation in the region, urging that humanitarian access to the area be safeguarded.

The presence of armed jihadists in Eastern Ghouta, which is at the root of the problem, is never mentionedin Western press reports. The attacks on Russia’s embassy in Damascus, carried out by the same “guys” who are causing the suffering of civilians in Ghouta, receive little or no media attention.

Russian aircraft did not conduct air strikes on this suburb. The Western accusations are groundlessand offer no details. The Russian military has been involved in humanitarian efforts to help the refugees fleeing this dangerous area. It was Moscow alone who called for the urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation.

The Syrian authorities have never made a secret of their intention to rid the area of jihadists. A ground offensive might be coming soon, but would that be a bad thing? Isn’t it the duty of any government to provide security to its citizens by fighting the terrorists who are holding civilians hostage? Terrorists from Eastern Ghouta regularly shell Damascus, killing civilians.

The sooner the suburb is liberated, the better for everyone. If the anti-Assad fighters were real patriots, they would have left the populated areas a long time ago. Instead, they use civilians as human shields. Aren’t they the ones to blame for this dire situation? But no, the Western media call them “rebels,” not “gangs of ruthless murderers.” The terrorists in Ghouta won’t surrender because they are pinning their hopes on the West to help them out.

What about the caused by the air strikes by the US-led coalition? What about the suffering of the local peopleduring the US-led operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS? More civilians than ISIS terrorists died during the battle for Mosul. US airstrikes left large numbers of civilians dead in Raqqa. When questions were asked, the answer was always the same – civilian casualties are unavoidable in war. But if that’s true, then why has the spotlight been turned on the operation in Eastern Ghouta, which is being described as a human tragedy, while the civilian casualties inflicted during the US-led operations in the Iraqi towns of Ramadi, Fallujah, Mosul, and Raqqa received quite different coverage in the Western media? Huge numbers of civilian casualties have been described as “collateral damage” and the unfortunate, yet inevitable, side effect ofurban warfare. This double standard could not be more blatant.

Terrorists are at the heart of the problem but they can only put up resistance if someone is supporting them. Remember the multiple revelations about the US arming terrorist organizations in Syria? Al-Nusra commanders have confirmed this information.

Nothing is clear-cut in war. Dodgy dealings and very strange alliances abound.We will learn a lot more about the Syrian war as time goes by. If the terrorists had not received any material aid, there would have been no need to conduct operations to liberate large urban areas from their clutches, thus causing civilian deaths. Everything should be done to minimize any terrible fallout, but there is no way to escape human suffering when combat actions take place in towns and cities.

Eastern Ghouta used to be a de-escalation zone but the Al-Qaeda linked groups operating there are not bound by any agreement. The only solution is to wipe them out. The quicker it is done, the more human lives will be saved. Deprived of Western support and any hope of some kind of “deal,” the terrorists would surrender. But while the West tries to protect the “rebels” and shift the blame for everything onto Russia and its allies, the jihadists will continue to resist.


khnum Mon, 02/26/2018 - 02:10 Permalink

I notice the propaganda re chemical attacks etc has cranked up again,the censorship going on is biblical and mobile phones and computers are now behaving weirdly I hope this site survives its not something wicked this way comes it has arrived.

BobEore Yen Cross Mon, 02/26/2018 - 03:50 Permalink

Tis always the same refrain... from STATISTS of all stripes...

Isn’t it the duty of any government to provide security to its citizens by fighting the terrorists who are holding civilians hostage?  

with whom we are guided to collusion by their scribbling half-witted ho's into making the leap of 'logic' al fallacy

The only solution is to wipe them out

How .... hypocritical? One sides' massacre is another sides 'protection of the security of its' citizens'>>?? One side gets to define 'terrorists' as those citizens for whom the 'only solution is.... '

Governments lie... all the time. All 'governments'; and liars desire that we choose a side of lie to root for! Why?

As Turk jihadis rain bombs and death down upon the people of Jandaris... and other 'peacekeepers by name

but not action... rain bombs n death down upon 'terrorists' in another part of Syria... 

"No real division of interests exists, between the regimes in charge of those various capitals where figurehead leaders wag their fingers at other puppet princes in other satrapies of the one and only power which really matters. All of them believe in the State - as the supreme and heaven-mandated entity with the right to reign over it's citizens, instead of being reined in by them!

    As such, the commonality of interests between regimes in power in nations all over the world is much greater than the commonality of interests between any state regime and its citizen/victims. Which is exactly what we are seeing right now, as one rogue regime begins the bloody rampage of state terror against it's own people - and other states all across the globe come to it's defense in support! Is it not astonishing that state powers as diverse as Russia, China, USA and the EU are all fully supportive of the fake coup narrative - and the "right" it grants the perpetrator to murderous "revenge" upon every element of the polity which ever opposed it in any way?

No - not so astonishing - when it is realized what the true role of the state - any state - is understood to be by those who put their faith in such institutions of mass terror.TOPRAK VE TURNA: Self Governance & the middle eastern map

the stench of death mixed with the hypocrisy of state players  and their stooges calling each other 'hypocrites'...

produces miles of smiles in the corridors of the new jerusalem from whence ALL this mischief flows!

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BobEore pazmaker Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:25 Permalink

Given the state of outright terror which has swept over the muddled east in successive waves for the past half century or so...

it may be asking a lot to even imagine at this point 'a solution'...but if we fail to even imagine...

then its' really over, for peace and mutual tolerance. I've watched this Rojava experiment building here for years now. There's a LOT to be critical of - a lot to be skeptical of. But they were the only ones to pick up guns and drive the jihadis out of their homes, when everywhere else the people failed to fight back- and lost everything.

Pluralism. Multi-ethnic, multl-faith, coalitions of people within a federal Syria and no strings pulled by external players? Well, its a start!

I embedded a pdf in this post with a description of Rojava from the inside. It's worth a look... just to know what some people think might be that answer!

A Background Primer on Afrin and the TERROR STATE:

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MEFOBILLS WolfgangCire Mon, 02/26/2018 - 02:45 Permalink

A hopefully worded new Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Donald Trump has singlehandedly pulled the world back from the brink of total war after he publically rebuked the American shadow government “Deep State” by declaring that the United States is going to leave Syria with his saying “we're there for one reason: to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS, and to go home...we’re not there for any other reason and we’ve largely accomplished our goal”—and that by his doing so, enabled, just hours ago, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to unanimously adopt the Swedish-Kuwaiti sponsored landmark Resolution 2401.


Rest of the article here:

Judge for yourself...

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Jung MEFOBILLS Mon, 02/26/2018 - 03:54 Permalink

It really means will actually go against staying there right now? These terrorists are still there bombing hospitals and setting up false flag gas attacks...or will they really get out and leave the terrorists to Syria and Russia to deal with them? I so hope so and thank you for this great news!

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Neochrome Mon, 02/26/2018 - 02:18 Permalink

I remember when NATO entered Kosovo and were deployed on the bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica as a buffer between Serbs and Albanians. Some Albanians were taking pot shots from the nearby building and the NATO responded with AAA pulverizing the building. My comment at the time was that Serbs (and others) should take a note how NATO deals with situation where civilians may be a casualty as opposed to what NATO is blaming others for.

OverTheHedge An Shrubbery Mon, 02/26/2018 - 03:28 Permalink

Tyler has been here before:…

(Note: I see that there are no comments to this article - I thought they were all kept in the archive - shows what I know!)

Here's a little snippet from 1984 (the book, not the Reagan/Thatcher years):

"His voice, made metallic by the amplifiers, boomed forth an endless catalogue of atrocities, massacres, deportations, lootings, rapings, torture of prisoners, bombing of civilians, lying propaganda, unjust aggressions, broken treaties. It was almost impossible to listen to him without being first convinced and then maddened. At every few moments the fury of the crowd boiled over and the voice of the speaker was drowned by a wild beast-like roaring that rose uncontrollably from thousands of throats..."

A work of fiction, or a manual for domination?

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Hapa Mon, 02/26/2018 - 03:20 Permalink

Americans are brain dead about what's happening in Syria.  The Syrians need to clear out these terrorists and get their country back, simple as that.  All this demonizing of Russia, Syria, Iran is stupid propaganda.  If you were harassed, beat down, and your sovereignty violated by the hegemon, you would fight back.  Well, the Syrians are fighting back and winning.  More power to them.

Brazen Heist Mon, 02/26/2018 - 03:29 Permalink

Western governments are fucking rats. They're quick to blame Russia while behind their own people's back, they support the head choppers in east Ghouta with wild abandon.

The media must be sick to the core to not pick this up. In fact, they're sidestepping this issue so obviously that its proof enough that Western MSM is an infiltrated apparatus by the criminal syndicate in control of the US regime and its tentacles (CIA, NSA etc), so don't expect much truth on issues especially regarding Syria.

gregga777 Mon, 02/26/2018 - 03:31 Permalink

The only thing that the Anglo-Zionist FAKE NEWS Media hates more than American gun owners are the Russians. The Bolshevik Zionistas had 70 years to destroy Russia. They failed to destroy Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church, but they'll keep trying this time using the United States to accomplish their goal of destroying Russia. 


css1971 Mon, 02/26/2018 - 03:39 Permalink

Russia again?

Russians seem like fucking geniuses, able to get their way with close to zero resources.

I think we need a Putin in charge in the west. Our people are total fucking morons in comparison.

WTFUD Mon, 02/26/2018 - 04:07 Permalink

Nikki Hately , Mitt the Shit's Protege and Tillerson, Chucky Rice & Rob Gates menage a trois & Steve Mnutsonchin of Goldman Neocon Enterprises who Run The Book for Deep State's MIC, ALL have Trump's Blessing.

No getting around this FACT.

Conscious Reviver Mon, 02/26/2018 - 04:53 Permalink

USA just killed 24 civies in Deir Ezzor.

This happens all the time, but never in the Zionist media farm.

Hospital in Syrian Damascus Hit By Militants' Missile Strike (PHOTOS)

The USAF bombed Raqqa to dust with the civilians inside and not a peep out of the MSM.

 Putin to Macron, Merkel: Syrian truce doesn’t apply to anti-terror ops