by Tony Cartalucci
Update: Indeed BBC did not see "MIGs" bombing Aleppo, though
it appears they weren't even anti-tank SU-25's but rather training
aircraft. Aero L-39 Albatros are also not even "Russian-made" as the BBC claimed. The article below has been amended to reflect this information. Read here for more.
July 25, 2012
- When big lies must be told, BBC is there. From
Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya and now Syria, BBC has paved the way for
Western disinformation meant to mange public perception around a war the
public would otherwise never support or tolerate.
The BBC, caught on record producing entire "documentaries
on behalf of corporate-financier interests, has already been caught in
immense lies regarding the NATO-fueled destabilization of Syria. This
includes the disingenuous use of photos from Iraq
, to depict a so-called "massacre" in the village of Houla, Syria.
Now, as NATO's Al Qaeda mercenaries operating under the banner of the
so-called "Free Syrian Army" flow over the Turkish-Syrian border in an
attempt to overrun the city of Aleppo, BBC is there
, attempting to manipulate the public's perception as the conflict unfolds.
BBC's Ian Pannell admits
he rode with a convoy of milatnt fighters into Aleppo at night. He
claims many are desperate for the FSA to succeed, "clamoring for freedom
denied by their president," but concedes many others fear an "Islamic
takeover" and sectarian "division and bloodshed
The latter of course, is self-evident, while the former is the
repeated, unfounded mantra of the Western media used to cover up the
Pannell poses amongst staged settings, claiming a single burning tire equates to a barricade set up by the militants (see more on the use of burning tires as propaganda here
He concedes that militants are taking to the rooftops with sniper
rifles in the districts they claim they control - begging one to wonder
where else terrorist snipers have been, and how many "sniper" deaths
have been mistakenly blamed on the government.
Covering Up FSA War Crimes
Pannell then attempts to cover up serious war crimes committed by the
FSA militants he is traveling with, claiming that men the FSA
arbitrarily rounded up while "seeking revenge" were "suspected Shabiha,"
harking back to Libya's NATO-backed terrorist death squads rounding up
and killing Libya's black communities in orgies of sectarian genocide -
which outlets like the BBC defended as simply rebels targeting
"suspected African mercenaries." Pannell papers over what he just
reported with the unqualified claim that there is "little justice" on
either side. What became of the FSA's victims is not revealed.
Image: From BBC's Ian Pannell
- young men "suspected" of being "Shabiha" are rounded up as the FSA
"seeks revenge." BBC fails categorically to explain how NATO-backed
terrorists can "liberate" a city that is admittedly pro-government - but
it appears it will be done through terrorism, brutality, mass murder,
BBC reporter Ian Pannell's failure to report on the war crimes he
admitted witnessing, smacks of endorsement and complicity - an attempt
to preserve the romanticism the West has desperately tried to associate
with their FSA death squads. Pannell's report also confirms earlier descriptions of widespread atrocities
committed by the so-called "Free Syrian Army."
In Libya, when the government of Muammar Qaddafi collapsed, and as
Libyan terrorists overran the last of the nation's security forces, entire cities of Libya's blacks were overrun
their populations either mass-murdered, imprisoned, or forced to flee
to refugee camps. These are people who had lived in Libya for
generations. A similar fate awaits Syrians should NATO prevail.
BBC Confirms Syrian Army Use of Heavy Weapons ARE Proportional to FSA Threats
Pannell's propaganda in Aleppo continues, where he admits FSA militants
possess tanks they allegedly "captured" from the Syrian military, but
then, showing video of what is either an anti-tank SU-25
aircraft or an Aero L-39 Albatros
training jet, rolling in with machine guns, claims it marks a "dramatic escalation" and a sign of "desperation."
Image: From BBC's Ian Pannell
-FSA tanks are positioned in or around Aleppo, according to BBC. The
myth that NATO-backed militants are "lightly armed" is unraveling as
they attempt to take on large cities flush with cameras and media from
both sides. Eager propagandists attempting to portray victories have
more than once shown "captured tanks" in the hands of militants. Heavy
militant weapons beget heavy government weapons.
In reality the Syrian army is using force directly proportional to the
threats NATO-backed militants have presented. Tanks and heavy weapons
mounted on trucks, also featured in the BBC report, are legitimate
targets for government heavy weapons. The precision an SU-25 lends the
battlefield versus heavy artillery bombardments when neutralizing FSA
heavy weapons is the only conceivable way to minimize civilian
Images: (Top) From BBC's Ian Pannell - BBC and other Western media outlets have claimed "MIGs" are bombing Aleppo's civilian populations. This all based on a single "tweet"
made by BBC's Ian Pannell. Pannell now reports this video depicts what
he saw - which in reality is either an anti-tank SU-25 or Aero L-39
deploying machine guns, not bombs, versus what Pannell already admits
are FSA heavy weapons, not civilian populations. (Bottom) Several
orthographic views of the SU-25 and Aero L-39 for comparison.
And as the Western media is so found of reminding its viewers, Aleppo is decidedly pro-government, and pro-President Bashar al-Assad
Therefore to indiscriminately use disproportionate force serves no
purpose for the Syrian government, who has gone through extraordinary
lengths and placed its soldiers at great risk to minimize damage to the
city and its inhabitants - a city and population that serves both an
important role economically and culturally for all Syrian people.
Remember Fallujah, Iraq
A government is put in a difficult position when armed gangs enter a
city "seeking revenge" as BBC's Ian Pannell puts it, when these gangs
have trucks mounted with heavy weapons as well as tanks in their
possession. For the West, to berate the Syrian government and portray
its security operations as unmitigated "brutality" is disingenuous at
best, especially considering the militants are there solely because of years of financial, military, and political support
from the US, Israel, and the Gulf State despots.
Image: Western hypocrisy - Fallujah, Iraq in 2004
was bombarded by artillery and airstrikes for weeks leading up to the
final invasion. When over 10,000 troops entered the city, they were
accompanied by tanks, and supported by heavy artillery and airstrikes.
When the West is subjugating others, heavy weapons seems acceptable -
but not when another nation attempts to defend itself from admittedly
The West might want to also revisit the lessons it learned from
flattening the Iraqi city of Fallujhah, twice. The US bombarded the city
for weeks prior to its final invasion in 2004
where over 10,000 troops entered with heavy artillery and air support.
Apparently it is acceptable for the West to subjugate others using such
tactics, but nations are prohibited from using similar tactics to defend
themselves. The Syrian uprising was a foreign-plot stretching back as far as 2007
, foreign militants admittedly flowing over the border
from across the Arab World, admittedly armed and funded
by the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar
The Battle of Fullujah is considered a notch in the belt of Western
military prowess, while the West condemns Syria's attempts to defend one
of its most important cities from foreign-subversion and destruction.
While NATO believes it can still win the geopolitical battle it is
waging against the Syrian people, it has already long lost the battle
for moral superiority.