MY COMMENT: A Canadian university professor writes a thoughtful warning, above, to humanitarians who have surrendered their humanitarian impulses to the Western media’s uncritical and complicit atrocity-journalism.

There are good reasons to believe that the World Conscience is being  defrauded by a new Fog of War strategy which has enough ‘wartime’ control over information to co-opt honest humanitarian impulses for support of war aims which real humanitarians would not countenance.

It is increasingly obvious to me that we are looking at a callous international attempt at state-busting operations against Syria that needs very much to be investigated.

The Business of Emotions

‘Set up to be shot in Syria’s no man’s land’

This was the claim on June 8 of Alex Thompson, chief foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News reporting from Qusair, a town close to the Syria/Lebanon border. His story is here.

He describes how the anti-Assad rebels maneuvered the vehicle in which Thompson, his crew, translator and an Arab League observer were traveling into an area where they would be shot by the Syrian Army. Their intent, he argues, was to make it appear that the Syrian Army had knowingly killed journalists and thereby stoke feelings against Assad and for those opposing him.

In his words:

I’m quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot by the Syrian Army. Dead journos are bad for Damascus…. Please, do not for one moment believe that my experience with the rebels in al Qusair was a one-off …. It…

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