Robert Parry, distinguished journalist and recipient of the George Polk and IF Stone awards, published an analysis today of what America's media have been doing for coverage of the battles at Aleppo and Mosul. His analysis documents what amounts to a cover-up for Al Qaeda in Syria.
Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo
American policy is depicted as a copy of what Israel wants. Israelis are the senior partners in the relationship. It's not just Israel as GCC take the same line.
Washington’s supposed regional “allies,” including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel, have sided with Al Qaeda in Syria because of their intense hatred of Shiite-ruled Iran, an ally of Syria’s secular government?
These Al Qaeda sympathies have been known for several years but never get reported in the mainstream U.S. press. In September 2013, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, then a close adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told the Jerusalem Post that Israel favored Syria’s Sunni extremists over President Bashar al-Assad.
“The greatest danger to Israel is by the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut. And we saw the Assad regime as the keystone in that arc,” Oren told the Jerusalem Post in an interview. “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.” He said this was the case even if the “bad guys” were affiliated with Al Qaeda.
And, in June 2014, speaking as a former ambassador at an Aspen Institute conference, Oren expanded on his position, saying Israel would even prefer a victory by the brutal Islamic State over continuation of the Iranian-backed Assad in Syria. “From Israel’s perspective, if there’s got to be an evil that’s got to prevail, let the Sunni evil prevail,” Oren said.
Al Qaeda has used Nusrah Front as its name in Syria and adopted a recent update to Syria Conquest Front, which no one adopted outside their own media. As to Israel, adopting Saudi preferences amounts to a deal that spares Israel heavier risks from the Sunnis. (My read is that Oren and his Likudniks have misread the map. A solid Shia Triangle would balance out the region -- Triangle vs. GCC sets up a rivalry where getting on the good side with Israel is important on a level with diplomacy with America and Russia. But Oren, et.al. are paranoids.)
Nusrah has a leadership role in Aleppo based on external funding, as well as extensive contacts with Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi or AK Parti or AKP or JKP.) Their membership count is smaller by far than the indigenous Muslim Brotherhood crew. All in all what mattered to locals was that extreme Sharia Law was inflicted on them. It wasn't as crazy as what IS did to Raqqa. Crazy enough.
Rather than focusing on Al Qaeda’s harsh rule of east Aleppo [and that these are Jihadis], the Times told its readers in late September how to perceive the Russian-Syrian offensive to drive out Al Qaeda and its allies. A Sept. 25 article by Anne Barnard and Somini Sengupta, entitled “Syria and Russia Appear Ready to Scorch Aleppo,” began:
“Make life intolerable and death likely. Open an escape route, or offer a deal to those who leave or surrender. Let people trickle out. Kill whoever stays. Repeat until a deserted cityscape is yours. It is a strategy that both the Syrian government and its Russian allies have long embraced to subdue Syrian rebels, largely by crushing the civilian populations that support them.
“But in the past few days, as hopes for a revived cease-fire have disintegrated at the United Nations, the Syrians and Russians seem to be mobilizing to apply this kill-all-who-resist strategy to the most ambitious target yet: the rebel-held sections of the divided metropolis of Aleppo.”
Al Qaeda / Nusrah / Brotherhood are portrayed as "local heroes."
These examples show media as screwed up as CIA and the White House. Case in point is giving TOW missiles to what the American professionals called "Syrian Revolutionaries Front." Then this American ordinance was used to take the Syrian army base at Wadi al-Deif in 2014. And the base was promptly handed over to Nusrah. Yes, CIA had armed Al Qaeda. Same for Turkey.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Here's Hillary Clinton:
“To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of the air defense, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we’re not putting our pilots at risk — you’re going to kill a lot of Syrians. So all of a sudden this intervention that people talk about so glibly becomes an American and NATO involvement where you take a lot of civilians.”
But on the stump the phrase No-Fly Zone gets audience approval so she goes there repeatedly.
American policy claims peace is impossible wihtout defeating the Syrian Army and Allies. An absurdity. What, give Syria to Al Qaeda ??? Open that one with slaughter of Christians, Shiites, Alawites, secular Sunnis and other “heretics.” A slaughter like what happened early on in East Aleppo.
Meanwhile opposite sets of propaganda frames will be applied to coverage for Aleppo and Mosul. Despite that there's not a dime of difference ultimately between DAESH, Al Qaeda, and Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. They are fruit of the same branch of the Wahhabi / Salafi tree. They print off the same text books, same laws from the same Saudi web sites.