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Monday, 26 September 2016

A Turning Point in the US Presidential Campaign. What Happened?

A Turning Point in the US Presidential Campaign. What Happened?

DMITRY MININ | 25.09.2016 | WORLD

A Turning Point in the US Presidential Campaign. What Happened?

If Hillary Clinton’s illness had not materialized, someone would probably have had to have made one up for her. The Democratic presidential candidate’s dramatic drop in popularity just over the course of the last month has been attributed to her sudden health issues and pneumonia. Of course they’re claiming that Clinton will recover and that her extraordinary determination to keep fighting will make voters even more sympathetic to her. The biggest US media outlets are helping her spin that.
But without delving into the details of Ms. Clinton’s medical reports, if we just rewind the tape, the timeline of events looks somewhat different. The polls showing Donald Trump’s popularity across the nation quickly gaining on Hillary’s – and perhaps even surpassing hers – began to emerge in late August, back when she still seemed quite vigorous and no one was talking about her health. The tipping point in the presidential race did not materialize after Hillary’s unfortunate fainting episode, but before it. But it’s not the Democratic candidate’s health issues that are responsible for the shifting tide, but rather the strategic missteps by Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff.
The inordinate personification of the entire campaign by the Democratic camp was the initial miscalculation. Donald Trump does love to get a rise out of his audience, but – seeing him as an easy target – they focused on his persona instead of trying to attack his quite serious political platform.
In the Democratic campaign it all came down to Trump’s personality – after all he’s a racist who is unpredictable and incompetent, he gushes over America’s enemies and is himself a threat to his nation’s security, and so on. So, thus distracted, Clinton and her advisers failed to notice when her Republican challenger radically altered his behavior, suddenly metamorphosing into a level-headed and observant politician who delves deeply into every issue. In his campaign he has refused to exploit Clinton’s ill health and has stopped his aides from doing so. He now launches far fewer personal attacks on his opponent. He currently prefers to lambaste the last traces of President Obama’s dwindling popularity, making it clear that Clinton would be nothing more than «Obama Part Two».
This billionaire candidate is nothing if not wily. In the beginning, his outrageous pronouncements drew nationwide attention and mobilized the radical fringe of the population most fed up with America’s political regime. Now he’s working with politically moderate Americans. Trump speaks to audiences of widely varying ethnic and faith backgrounds, assuring his listeners that his purported hostility to minorities is pure fiction. This could be seen in Trump’s very significant visit to Mexico and his meeting with the president of that country.
In the end, he demonstrated that he can have a very friendly relationship with Mexicans (who had been portrayed as his probable first victims upon taking office), and he can negotiate successfully with them. It turns out that Trump’s much-lampooned idea of walling off the US-Mexican border is actually quite acceptable to the Mexican government, which is every bit as concerned as the US government by the criminal elements crossing back and forth across the border. The only issue is about who is going to pay to build it. But if push comes to shove, Trump will undoubtedly be able to force the Mexicans to cough up the cash. And after Trump came back from Mexico no one was mocking his wall anymore.
The Republican candidate is also actively pursuing the union vote, which had always been seen as Democratic turf. The ace up his sleeve will be his careful preparation prior to meetings with them and his ability to allude to the nuances of any particular trade. Several influential unions have already declared their support. And impressive data is coming in from places that until quite recently were seen as utterly out of reach for Trump. He holds a commanding lead in Florida, Ohio, Nevada, and even Iowa, which has swung Republican in only one of the last seven presidential campaigns.
Other serious Democratic blunders included their constant attempts to portray Trump’s goal of normal relations with Russia as a threat to America. It’s difficult to recall any other time in American history when the «subject of Russia» was so harped upon in the election campaign, as if it in some way discredited one of the candidates. The exception perhaps would be the election of 1948, when Henry Wallace, FDR’s former vice president and the leader of the Progressive Party, was labeled the «pro-Soviet» candidate. Wallace, however, won only slightly over a million votes back then, and his leftist convictions have nothing whatsoever in common with Trump’s views.
Apparently, Hillary Clinton’s staff have calculated that Russia and Putin have been so demonized in the American consciousness that linking Trump’s name to them in any way will automatically diminish the Republican candidate’s chances. But that hasn’t worked. Or only a bit.
It’s possible that Americans truly do not know much about Russia, but they are a rational people, capable of drawing conclusions. And when told that Russia is a threat to the US, they immediately ask: where? And how? And that’s a hard question to answer. For the Americans who lived through the tragedy of 9/11, the threat of domestic terrorism – or, for example, the search for a job – is infinitely more important than seeking to destroy the fictional monsters abroad that the second US president, John Quincy Adams, warned them about.
Any juxtaposition of the two countries’ strengths would quickly show that there is simply no threat to the United States emanating from Russia. Those who now specialize in demonizing Russia have clearly forgotten Abraham Lincoln’s words: «You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time». Americans for the most part would be happy to divvy up both the responsibilities and expenses with «those awful Russians,» just to wipe out the evil of terrorism that is building itself a cozy nest in the Middle East. And that’s exactly what Trump is suggesting.
Something called charisma is also working in Trump’s favor (and not in Clinton’s). Clinton is taking great pains to appear energetic and convincing, but she’s not very good at firing people up. Trump’s better at it. Polls show that 58 % of his supporters feel «extremely enthusiastic» about him, while only 46% of Clinton’s «troops» can make such a claim. And 20% of those intending to vote for Hillary are «not at all enthusiastic» about their choice vs. only 10% of Trump’s supporters who admit to feeling that way.
The Democrats have also made a tactical blunder when it comes to the independent third-party candidates who were supposed to pull votes away from Trump. Michael Bloomberg, yet another well-known billionaire, was avowing his readiness to take on this mission, only to later reconsider. It was also thought that such a role could be played by the leader of the Libertarian Party, Gary Johnson, whose outlook is a bit closer to Trump’s than Clinton’s. His ratings are fairly high – 8%, but the problem is that he could steal just as many votes from Clinton as from Trump. And the fourth and final player in the running, the Green Party nominee Jill Stein, could play a part in this political drama that will make Hillary Clinton very uncomfortable. And what is probably most offensive to the Democrats is that Jill Stein took advantage of their own campaign gambit when she chose as her running mate the only African-American still in the ranks by that late date in the campaign – an activist with the distinctive name of Ajamu Baraka. And everyone understands that Clinton has now lost one segment of President Obama’s supporters (estimated at up to 4%).
But the Democrats still have one more option up their sleeve, which some experts have been discussing from the very beginning: pulling Hillary Clinton off the ballot «for health reasons» and nominating a new candidate to be determined by the leaders of the Democratic Party. However, there is a difficulty there as well: many within the Democratic establishment are adamantly opposed to the «socialist» Bernie Sanders, and there is not enough time left to crank up the publicity machines for Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry, whose names have been mentioned more often than any others in this regard. Nor would it be a simple matter to coax the former first lady, who is already envisioning herself as the mistress of the Oval Office, to quit the game.

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Mr. Obama: The world was safer in the Cold War سيد أوباما: العالم كان أكثر أمناً في الحرب البادرة


Written by Nasser Kandil,

The Americans circulate in their accumulative experience with the profession of brainwashing, spreading the terminology, and propagandizing them on promoting the equation as long as they resort to it to cover their crimes. They said: after the two wars of Afghanistan and Iraq and their responsibility for killing and the displacement of millions that Afghanistan has become better without Taliban, and that Iraq has become better without Sadam Husein, after the Arab Spring they said that Libya is better without the Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Their dream was to witness Syria a ruin and to stand on its remains and the corpses of the victims to say that Syria has become better without the President Bashar Al-Assad. The goal of this equation is to mobilize the memory of those who do not want the previous situation within the context of not being able to say that no, it is not true, the situation was better before. So today who dare in Iraq, Libya, or in Afghanistan to say to the Americans that despite of all the death, the rampant terrorism, and the chaos that controls everything, yes, the situation was not good or ideal with Taliban nor with Saddam Husein nor with Muammar Gaddafi, where the evaluation of the eras of those is worth a separate search, but it is certain that the situation is not better with your false and hypocrite efforts and endeavors in the name of the human rights, democracy, preventing the weapons of mass destruction and combating the terrorism.
The US President stood the day before yesterday to say that the situation after the end of the Cold War has become better and safer, he added, the threat of the nuclear confrontation and the major wars has gone, the democracies have spread and doubled. He supposed that the whole world must stand and clap for the philosopher of his era and the maker of the peace miracles Barack Obama. But before discussing what Obama wants us to be convinced with without discussion, and before he gets our acceptance for it as conjecture and axiom that are not subject to discussion around the safest world, it is our right to ask; the end of the Cold War is the accomplishment which Obama wanted us to be boast of as a title for thirty years of the global politics. So can Obama after the world has become at the hands of the government of his country which celebrates its victory on having control over the world and calls it the completion of the end of the Cold War, while it meant by the end of the Cold War its success in dismantling the Soviet Union and the collapse of status of Russia as a superpower that participates with America and competes it for the leadership of the world, to tell us that his government is the global government for three decades, so what has prevented it from resolving the oldest unresolved issue for seventy years; the Palestinian Cause. The failure here is earlier and later of the Cold War, it is due to a famous saying of Obama commenting on the refusal of the Head of the government of the cobweb; Benjamin Netanyahu the project of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for peace by saying I will not exert pressure on Netanyahu.
In return how it became possible to accept Iran having a nuclear program after sanctions and siege for three decades, in conditions which were possible to accept them without affliction, dislodgment and the starvation of millions of the Iranians, and how Cuba which was under siege for half a century ago as the plague of the American continent has become possible to be coexisted with it in conditions that were available always. Why did not that happen but only after
the Cold War has returned, and was it necessary this torture for the Cubans, till the return of the Cold War imposes the openness on them. The talk about its return is of US origin and from the center of Obama administration commenting on the return of Russia strongly to the international arena. So if we consider the peace achievements of Obama and the government of his country as the understanding with Iran and the openness on Cuba, we will notice that it is due to the return of the Cold War and not for its end. Thus the first conclusion is that Israel remained above law before and after the Cold War, and that the US protection for its crimes and occupation was not because of the war on the communism and the need for its military and geographical position, where the US openness and the adoption of the language of negotiation, politics, and diplomacy were not in the American dictionary in the time of the rise of the American power and its uniqueness, but this emergence has been linked with the retreat of this power and the return of Russia to emerge as a rising power, and what the Americans have described it as the return of the Cold War.
In discussing the words of Obama about a safer world with the end of the Cold War, we have to put aside the myth that dismantling the Soviet Union, and defaming the status of Russia have formed a guarantee that there is no a nuclear war. From one hand the mutual deterrence has formed and forms the guarantee for not occurring such of this war. On the other hand, the danger of using the nuclear weapons in the phase of chaos after the disintegration of the countries of the former Soviet Union was bigger than the phase of the sticking to the decision of using this weapon within the major equation of the a strong coherent superpower, and according to what was issued by US reports in the nineties that reflect this concern, in addition to the public statements of the US officials. On the other hand the nuclear weapons have not been used but only when America monopolized using it without control, as has happened in the Second World War. So if the world has to be concerned then it has to worry whenever America approaches from restoring this uniqueness. In comparison the security of the world between the Cold War which ended with the fall of Berlin wall and the Cold War which returned with the storm of Sukhoi it is enough to compare the reports of the United Nations about the numbers of the victims of the wars which America has ignited, most recently is the wars of what it called the Arab Spring, the numbers of the refugees, and the ratio of the extremism and the terrorism. They are according to the admission of the US officials of American industry par excellence according to the theory of let your enemy kills your other enemy because you do not have the ability to make blood, while both of them have. The US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski in the eighties has formed Al Qaeda organization on basis of this theory with the cooperation with Bandar Bin Sultan to confront the Soviet entry to Afghanistan. The American long film is still continuous.
Quite simply, Obama can ask the housewives in the world about comparing their feeling of security and the familial, social, and financial security between the seventies and nowadays. The phase of the Cold War and the phase of its end, the answer will be O those days, the salary had a value, the family had a value, the morals had a value, the security had a value, the education had a value, the music, singing, festivals and weddings had value, and the philosophy, politics, press, and religion had value, because what has won with the end of the Cold War is the US phase, the time of corruption and drugs, the trivial music and the low art, the moral deviations, the mythical superstitions have won on religions, the death on life, the chaos on stability, hatred on love, the propaganda on philosophy, the fraud on seriousness and productivity, the empty appearances on
education, learning, and sticking to values, the dead individualism on the spirit of the familial, national and humanitarian community. The luxury and the extravagance have won on the conviction, the joy, the arrogance and the boast on doing good and humility. All of these are achievements that Obama can impute to the era in which his country leads the world, even the beauty standards of the supermodels and the culture of Hollywood triumphed over the spirit of feminism, so are these the sources to say that the world has become better, nicer, or safer, or a source of confidence, hope, and optimism?
The gorgeousness and the hope of goodness will return to the world because the Cold War is recurrent Mr. Obama.
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 سيد أوباما: العالم  كان أكثر أمناً في الحرب البادرة

ناصر قنديل– درج الأميركيون في خبرتهم المتراكمة مع مهنة غسل الأدمغة ورمي المصطلحات وترويجها، على تسويق معادلة طالما يلجأون إليها لتغطية جرائمهم، فقالوا بعد حربَيْ أفغانستان والعراق، ومسؤوليتهم عن قتل وتشريد الملايين، إنّ أفغانستان أفضل بلا طالبان، وإنّ العراق بات أفضل بلا صدام حسين، وبعد الربيع العربي قالوا عن ليبيا إنها أفضل بلا العقيد معمر القذافي، وكان حلمهم أن يشهدوا سورية خراباً ويقفوا على أطلالها وأشلاء الضحايا ليقولوا إنّ سورية صارت أفضل بدون الرئيس بشار الأسد، والهدف من هذه المعادلة حشد ذاكرة الذين لا يريدون الوضع السابق في خانة عدم التجرّؤ على القول لا ليس صحيحاً، الوضع كان من قبل أفضل، فمن يجرؤ في العراق اليوم أو في ليبيا أو في أفغانستان، أن يقول رغم كلّ الموت والإرهاب المتفشي والفوضى المسيطرة على كلّ شيء، أن يقول للأميركيين، نعم الوضع لم يكن جيداً ولا مثالياً مع طالبان ولا مع صدام حسين ولا مع معمر القذافي، وتقييم كلّ من عهود هؤلاء يستحق بحثاً منفصلاً، لكن الأكيد أنّ الوضع ليس أفضل مع جهودكم ومساعيكم الكاذبة والمنافقة باسم حقوق الإنسان والديمقراطية ومنع أسلحة الدمار الشامل ومحاربة الإرهاب.

– يقف الرئيس الأميركي أمس ليقول إنّ الوضع بعد نهاية الحرب الباردة، قد صار أفضل وأكثر أمناً، ويضيف لقد زال خطر المواجهة النووية، والحروب الكبرى، وانتشرت الديمقراطيات وتضاعفت، ويفترض أن يقف العالم كله ويصفق لفيلسوف عصره صانع معجزات السلام باراك أوباما، وقبل مناقشة ما يريد أوباما إقناعنا به بلا نقاش، بل أن ينتزع قبولنا به كبديهية ومسلمة لا تناقش حول العالم الأشدّ أمناً، من حقنا أن نسأل ونهاية الحرب البادرة هي الإنجاز الذي يريد أوباما أن يباهي به كعنوان لثلاثين سنة من السياسة العالمية، فهل يملك أوباما وقد صار العالم بين يدي حكومة بلاده أن يخبرنا، أنّ حكومته التي تحتفل بنصرها بالسيطرة على العالم وتسمّيها إنجاز نهاية الحرب الباردة، وهي تقصد بنهاية الحرب الباردة نجاحها بتفكيك الاتحاد السوفياتي وانهيار مكانة روسيا كدولة عظمى تشارك أميركا وتنافسها على زعامة العالم، هي الحكومة العالمية لثلاثة عقود، فما الذي منعها من حلّ أقدم قضية عالقة منذ سبعين سنة، وهي القضية الفلسطينية، والفشل هنا سابق ولاحق للحرب الباردة، ومردّه قول شهير لأوباما تعليقاً على رفض رئيس حكومة بيت العنكبوت بنيامين نتنياهو مشروع وزيرة الخارجية الأميركية هيلاري كلينتون للسلام، بقوله لن أضغط على نتنياهو.

– في المقابل كيف صار ممكناً قبول إيران نووية بعد عقوبات وحصار ثلاثة عقود، بشروط كان ممكناً قبولها دون عذاب وتشريد وتجويع ملايين الإيرانيين، وكيف صارت كوبا المحاصرة منذ نصف قرن بصفتها طاعون القارة الأميركية، صار ممكناً التعايش معها بشروط كانت متاحة دائماً، ولماذا لم يحدث هذا إلا بعدما عادت الحرب الباردة؟ وهل كان ضرورياً كلّ هذا التعذيب للكوبيين، حتى تتكفل عودة الحرب الباردة بفرض الانفتاح عليهم، والحديث عن عودتها هنا أميركي المنشأ ومن قلب إدارة أوباما تعقيباً على عودة روسيا بقوة إلى الساحة الدولية، فإذا حسبنا لأوباما وحكومة بلاده إنجازات سلام كالتفاهم مع إيران والانفتاح على كوبا، فسوف نحسبها لعودة الحرب البادرة وليس لنهايتها، لتصير الخلاصة الأولى أنّ «إسرائيل» بقيت فوق القانون قبل الحرب الباردة وبعدها، ولم تكن الحماية الأميركية لجرائمها واحتلالها بسبب الحرب على الشيوعية والحاجة لموقعها العسكري الجغرافي، وأنّ الانفتاح الأميركي واعتماد لغة التفاوض والسياسة والدبلوماسية لم تكن في القاموس الأميركي في زمن صعود القوة الأميركية وتفرّدها، بل إنّ هذا الظهور جاء مرتبطاً بتراجع هذه القوة وعودة روسيا للظهور كقوة صاعدة وما وصفه الأميركيون بعودة الحرب البادرة.

– في مناقشة كلام أوباما عن عالم أكثر أمناً بنهاية الحرب الباردة، لا بدّ من أن نضع جانباً أكذوبة أنّ تفكيك الاتحاد السوفياتي وضرب مكانة روسيا شكلا ضمانة عدم وقوع حرب نووية، فمن جهة الردع المتبادل هو الذي شكل ويشكل الضمانة لعدم وقوع هذه الحرب، ومن جهة ثانية فإنّ خطر استخدام السلاح النووي في زمن الفوضى بعد تفكك دول الاتحاد السوفياتي السابق كان أكبر من زمن الإمساك بقرار استخدام هذا السلاح، ضمن المعادلة الكبرى لدولة عظمى قوية ومتماسكة، وفقاً لما صدر من تقارير أميركية في التسعينيات تعكس هذا القلق ومن تصريحات علنية للمسؤولين الأميركيين، من جهة ثالثة لم يستخدم السلاح النووي إلا يوم تفرّدت أميركا باستخدامه بلا رادع يقلقها، كما جرى في الحرب العالمية الثانية، فإن كان للعالم أن يقلق فعليه القلق كلما اقتربت أميركا من استعادة هذه الفرادة. وبالمقارنة على كلّ حال لأمن العالم بين الحرب الباردة التي غادرت مع سقوط جدار برلين، والحرب الباردة التي عادت مع عاصفة السوخوي، تكفي مقارنة تقارير الأمم المتحدة عن أعداد ضحايا الحروب التي أشعلتها أميركا وآخرها حروب ما سمّته بالربيع العربي، وأعداد اللاجئين، ونسبة التطرف والإرهاب، وهما باعتراف مسؤولين أميركيين كبار صناعة أميركية بامتياز، وفقاً لنظرية دع عدوك يقتل عدوك الآخر، لأنك لا تملك القدرة على بذل الدماء، وكلاهما يملكها، التي أسس مستشار الأمن القومي الأميركي في الثمانينيات، زبيغنيو بريجنسكي، تنظيم القاعدة على أساسها بالتعاون مع بندر بن سلطان لمواجهة الدخول السوفياتي إلى أفغانستان، ولا يزال الفيلم الأميركي الطويل مستمراً.

– ببساطة شديدة، يستطيع أوباما أن يستفتي سيدات البيوت في العالم عن مقارنة شعورهن بالأمن والأمان العائلي والاجتماعي والمالي، بين السبعينيات واليوم، زمن الحرب الباردة وزمن نهايتها، وسيكون الجواب رزق الله على أيام زمان، كان للراتب قيمة، وللأسرة قيمة، وللأخلاق قيمة، وللأمن قيمة، وكان للتعليم قيمة، وكان للموسيقى والغناء والأعياد والأعراس قيمة، وكان للفلسفة والسياسة والصحافة والدين قيمة، لأنّ الذي انتصر مع نهاية الحرب الباردة هو الزمن الأميركي، زمن الفساد والمخدرات، والموسيقى التافهة والفن الهابط، والانحرافات الأخلاقية، فانتصرت الشعوذات الخرافية على الأديان، والموت على الحياة، والفوضى على الاستقرار، والكراهية على الحب، والبروباغندا على الفلسفة، والغش على الجدية والإنتاجية، والمظاهر الفارغة على الثقافة والتعلم والتمسك بالقيم، والفردية الميتة بلا روح على روح الجماعة العائلية والوطنية والإنسانية، وانتصر البذخ والترف على القناعة والفرح، والتعالي والتباهي على فعل الخير والتواضع، كلها إنجازات يستطيع أوباما نسبتها للحقبة التي تقود فيها بلاده العالم، حتى مقاييس الجمال المعلبة مع عارضات الأزياء وثقافة هوليوود انتصرت على روح الأنوثة، فهل هي مصادر للقول إنّ العالم صار أفضل أو أجمل أو أكثر أمناً أو مصدراً للثقة والأمل والتفاؤل؟

– يعود البهاء للعالم والأمل بخير مقبل، لأنّ الحرب الباردة عائدة مستر أوباما.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Wandering Jew

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By Gilad Atzmon
This time back to Germany.  Reuters reported yesterday that
“…for London rabbi Julia Neuberger, Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has had a very personal impact: she has decided to seek German citizenship, laying to rest her family’s painful legacy of the Nazi era.”
It seems that
“…a significant number of Jewish Britons whose dismay over Brexit has led them to invoke a German law allowing people stripped of German citizenship by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945, and their descendants, to have it restored.”
But here’s the good news. Rabbi Neuberger feels she finally has made her peace with Germany. If only we had known that all it takes for a Jew to forgive Germany and to put the Holocaust behind is a bit of British patriotism well, we could have saved ourselves a lot of time and energy.  And by the way, if the Jews are now returning to Germany, maybe we Brits can reclaim their Imperial War Museum, now reduced to a permanent holocaust shrine.
But why does the Rabbi and other Jews want to be Germans again? The answer lies in the ‘Wandering’. Jews just love to travel and, as Rabbi Neuberger said:
“German passport holds the promise of a future with full access to the EU and its practical benefits such as freedom to travel” and she went on to say “We can then live and work anywhere in a bloc that has 27 other nations – rights that Britons may no longer enjoy after Brexit is enacted.”
Astonishingly enough, the Rabbi is a member of the House of Lords. Now, I could be wrong but is her behaviour here the kind of patriotism one would expect from a British Lord?  Rabbi Neuberger offers an explanation. Deep inside, she is admits to be German: “there is some German in me after all and it goes very deep,” she said.
Reuters suggests that 
“It is a remarkable twist of history that Jews who lost family members in the Holocaust are now using such old documents to obtain modern Germany’s maroon-colored passports.”
No, it’s not remarkable at all. Berlin has been attracting Israelis for at least a decade.
Julia Neuberger with her grandmother's J-stamped passport (Photo: Reuters)
Julia Neuberger with her grandmother’s J-stamped passport (Photo: Reuters)
Apparently the Rabbi is not going to flee immediately. “Like other British Jews seeking German citizenship, Neuberger intends to stay in Britain.”  I suppose this is because there is just too much for the Rabbi to lose.  Rabbi Neuberger’s family has reached prominence in Britain’s public life – “her husband is a leading academic and her brothers-in-law include the president of the supreme court.”
And the Rabbi is not alone. Michael Newman, chief executive of the Association of Jewish Refugees told Reuters
“We all don’t know what the future will hold and want to make sure that we, but also mainly our children, continue to have access to Europe.”
So, is it not the case that here Newman expresses the true meaning of Jewish Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Jews are always ready and waiting for the next Shoah and the take-home message is clear: rootedness and dwelling are probably not characteristics associated with Jewish culture and identity. Wandering is and remains a prime Jewish trait.

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ANY TALK OF RUSSIA AND SYRIA BOMBING THE UN AID TRUCKS TODAY IS PURE ZIONIST PROPAGANDA

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by Jonathan Azaziah
No, Russia and Syria did not attack the UN humanitarian aid trucks today in Aleppo. Just like Russia and Syria didn’t bomb any of those Halab hospitals back in April and May either. Just like the Syrian Arab Army and Hizbullah didn’t starve the civilians of Al-Zabadani and Madaya. Just like the SAA and its allies didn’t commit the massacres in Houla, Tremseh, Baniyas, Al-Bayda, the Old City of Homs and it goes on and on to the point of nausea. And, for the kicker, just like it wasn’t President Dr. Bashar al-Assad who unleashed sarin gas on the people of Eastern Ghouta in August 2013. All of these atrocities, including what took place this morning, were all done by the Takfiri terrorist scourge with the full support of ‘Israel’, NATO and the GCC. Syria needs to stop being treated as if it’s a “complicated” conflict. It ain’t. At all. Nor is it a “multi-pronged, internationalized, proxy war”–like Syria, Hizbullah, Iran and the Iraqi Resistance are just Russia’s pawns and not sovereign actors with more agency than perhaps any other grouping of states and movements in the Global South–as some self-aggrandizing Western pundits laughably try to make it out to be. Similar to Iraq, Libya, Yugoslavia, Yemen, etc., Syria is under assault from the Washington ZOG, even if the Washington ZOG happens to be using mercenaries. Simple and plain.
Thus, every insidious allegation thrown at Damascus about “human rights abuses”, “war crimes” and the Syrian leadership’s “lack of legitimacy” are nothing less than pretexts to generate the grounds for a “shock and awe” intervention. This is the Gulf of Tonkin incident vis-à-vis Vietnam; the fake assassination attempt on ‘Israeli’ ambassador Shlomo Argov by Mossad asset Abu Nidal vis-à-vis the Zionist incursion into Lebanon in ’82; the “incubator babies” scandal vis-à-vis the ’90-’91 Gulf War; the neocon-orchestrated WMDs/yellowcake uranium deception vis-à-vis Iraq in ’03; and the nonexistent “imminent Benghazi massacre” vis-à-vis Libya in ’11 all over again. If the Zionist media is demonizing a nation on the hitlist of the US-‘Israeli’ Imperium, 110 times out of 100 it is lying with an ulterior motive and a greater–as in ‘Greater Israel’–agenda to boot.
So it bears a little bit of redundancy: No, Russia and Syria did not attack the UN humanitarian aid trucks today in Aleppo. That was Jabhat al-Nusra–I’m not going to call it “Jabhat Fateh al-Sham” because then that would bestow legitimacy on this wholly illegitimate, head-chopping, baby-murdering, Takfiri guild of bandits and thugs–and its ilk committing yet another egregious crime in service of their Zionist-Imperialist masters, who desperately needed to kick off a fresh, hasbara-ridden news cycle as a means of taking the world’s eyes off its massacre of Syrian Arab Army soldiers in Deir Ezzor and its deliberate undermining and collapsing of the “ceasefire”. The Monsters have been using the same playbook for eons: Slander the nation, invade it, overthrow its president, install a puppet, steal the resources, subvert the culture and crush dissent. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Only with Syria, the resilience of its people and national military aas well as the commitment of its allies have derailed this scenario and driven it deep into the ground. Hence why the mainstream press keeps churning out the Langley-Herzliya-produced lies. And hence why we, as the Syrian Arab Republic’s digital front line, must maintain vigilance and keep on cutting through the thick smog of MSM’s treacheries. Day by day, brick by brick, we struggle along until Truth isn’t merely “one part of the story”, but the whole story, the only story, and Syria, along with our entire region, are freed from International Zionism’s clutches.

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian   
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ANY TALK OF RUSSIA AND SYRIA BOMBING THE UN AID TRUCKS TODAY IS PURE ZIONIST PROPAGANDA

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by Jonathan Azaziah
No, Russia and Syria did not attack the UN humanitarian aid trucks today in Aleppo. Just like Russia and Syria didn’t bomb any of those Halab hospitals back in April and May either. Just like the Syrian Arab Army and Hizbullah didn’t starve the civilians of Al-Zabadani and Madaya. Just like the SAA and its allies didn’t commit the massacres in Houla, Tremseh, Baniyas, Al-Bayda, the Old City of Homs and it goes on and on to the point of nausea. And, for the kicker, just like it wasn’t President Dr. Bashar al-Assad who unleashed sarin gas on the people of Eastern Ghouta in August 2013. All of these atrocities, including what took place this morning, were all done by the Takfiri terrorist scourge with the full support of ‘Israel’, NATO and the GCC. Syria needs to stop being treated as if it’s a “complicated” conflict. It ain’t. At all. Nor is it a “multi-pronged, internationalized, proxy war”–like Syria, Hizbullah, Iran and the Iraqi Resistance are just Russia’s pawns and not sovereign actors with more agency than perhaps any other grouping of states and movements in the Global South–as some self-aggrandizing Western pundits laughably try to make it out to be. Similar to Iraq, Libya, Yugoslavia, Yemen, etc., Syria is under assault from the Washington ZOG, even if the Washington ZOG happens to be using mercenaries. Simple and plain.
Thus, every insidious allegation thrown at Damascus about “human rights abuses”, “war crimes” and the Syrian leadership’s “lack of legitimacy” are nothing less than pretexts to generate the grounds for a “shock and awe” intervention. This is the Gulf of Tonkin incident vis-à-vis Vietnam; the fake assassination attempt on ‘Israeli’ ambassador Shlomo Argov by Mossad asset Abu Nidal vis-à-vis the Zionist incursion into Lebanon in ’82; the “incubator babies” scandal vis-à-vis the ’90-’91 Gulf War; the neocon-orchestrated WMDs/yellowcake uranium deception vis-à-vis Iraq in ’03; and the nonexistent “imminent Benghazi massacre” vis-à-vis Libya in ’11 all over again. If the Zionist media is demonizing a nation on the hitlist of the US-‘Israeli’ Imperium, 110 times out of 100 it is lying with an ulterior motive and a greater–as in ‘Greater Israel’–agenda to boot.
So it bears a little bit of redundancy: No, Russia and Syria did not attack the UN humanitarian aid trucks today in Aleppo. That was Jabhat al-Nusra–I’m not going to call it “Jabhat Fateh al-Sham” because then that would bestow legitimacy on this wholly illegitimate, head-chopping, baby-murdering, Takfiri guild of bandits and thugs–and its ilk committing yet another egregious crime in service of their Zionist-Imperialist masters, who desperately needed to kick off a fresh, hasbara-ridden news cycle as a means of taking the world’s eyes off its massacre of Syrian Arab Army soldiers in Deir Ezzor and its deliberate undermining and collapsing of the “ceasefire”. The Monsters have been using the same playbook for eons: Slander the nation, invade it, overthrow its president, install a puppet, steal the resources, subvert the culture and crush dissent. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Only with Syria, the resilience of its people and national military aas well as the commitment of its allies have derailed this scenario and driven it deep into the ground. Hence why the mainstream press keeps churning out the Langley-Herzliya-produced lies. And hence why we, as the Syrian Arab Republic’s digital front line, must maintain vigilance and keep on cutting through the thick smog of MSM’s treacheries. Day by day, brick by brick, we struggle along until Truth isn’t merely “one part of the story”, but the whole story, the only story, and Syria, along with our entire region, are freed from International Zionism’s clutches.

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian   
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The REAL Syria Civil Defence Exposes NATO’s ‘White Helmets’ as Terrorist-Linked Imposters

Global Research, September 24, 2016
21st Century Wire 23 September 2016
The Arab League: Paving the Way for a US-NATO-Israel War with Syria and Iran
I am a director not only of a Syrian Civil Defence Unit, but of brave human beings, volunteers who risk their lives, despite the terrorism that is invading Syria, to maintain security for Syria. I give thanks from my heart for the courage of my men who have lost their comrades in terrorist attacks but they keep working despite the risks. They are true soldiers, their equipment and their spirit are their only weapons ~ Director of Tartous’ REAL Syria Civil Defence
Did I hear a pin drop?  The real Syria Civil Defence? Are the west’s iconized ‘White Helmets’ not the only emergency first-responders inside Syria?
For the REAL Syria Civil Defence you call 113 inside Syria.  There is no public number for the White Helmets.  Why not? Why does this multi-million dollar US & NATO state-funded first repsonder ‘NGO,’ with state of the art equipment supplied by the US and the EU via Turkey, have no central number for civilians to call when the “bombs fall”?
Before we introduce the real Syria Civil Defence, who are Syria’s real ICDO certified civil fire and rescue organisation, let’s first take a closer look at the imposters; terrorists in white hats, and agents of war – NATO’s pseudo ‘NGO’ construct, embedded exclusively in terrorist-held parts of Syria…
We’re told that the White Helmets routinely scale the walls of collapsed buildings and scrambling over smouldering rubble of bombed out buildings to dig a child out with their bare hands. Of course, never without a sizeable camera crew and mobile phone carrying entourage in tow.
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Screenshot from one of the multitude of NATO’s White Helmets promotional videos, as per usual –
with fans and camera crew in attendance.
So who, and what exactly are the White Helmets?
Founded in 2013, the White Helmets, officially called the Syria Civil Defense, are often the only emergency first-responders available in rebel-held areas of Syria and claim to have saved more than 58,000 lives. ~ The Slate
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White Helmets ‘Team’ Photo: Screenshot from Netflix promotional documentary.
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British Military officer
James Le Mesurier
The western media mythology goes as follows:
They are made up of former bakers, builders, taxi drivers, students, teachers, pretty much anything apart from rescue workers,” according to the much repeated phrase used by their British ex-military, USAR (Urban Search & Rescue) trainer,James Le Mesurier who specialises in outsourcing warfare – the kind of private security operations exemplified by the likes ofBlackwater (now known as Academi) and DynCorp, and other well-known global suppliers of mercenaries and CIA outreach assassination experts.
Running operations through Blackwater gave the CIA the power to have people abducted, or killed, with no one in the government being exactly responsible. ~ The Atlantic, 2012
White Helmets founder Le Mesurier, who graduated from Britain’s elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, is said to be an ‘ex’ British military intelligence officer involved in a number of other NATO ‘humanitarian intervention’ theatres of war, including Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, as well as postings in Lebanon and Palestine. He also boasts a series of high-profile posts at the UN, EU, and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Not to mention his connections back to the infamous Blackwater (Academi).

The White Helmet network showing primary funding sources and James Le Mesurier connections back to deep state  (Image: UK Column)
The streaming giant, Netflix, recently launched the documentary meant to elevate the White Helmets to a Hollywood level of Madison Avenue-styled demagoguery. As an interesting aside: a major shareholder in Netflix just happens to be the Capital Research Global Investors who hosts a number luminaries of the military industrial complex on its books including Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

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Variation on the Netflix promotional poster for the NATO White Helmet documentary.
|Poster by: Cory Morningstar of WrongKindofGreen.
Later, in Part III of this article, we will go into depth concerning the recent awards, including an objectionable nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, that have been bestowed upon this group of US, UK, EU backed fifth columnists, or as they would have you believe, “first-responders.”
With over $60 million in their back pocket courtesy of USAID, the UK Foreign Office and various EU nations like the Netherlands, this group is possibly one of the most feted and funded entities within the west’s anti-Syrian NGO complex, a pivotal part of the clandestine shadow state building enterprise inside of Syria.
Like many other ‘NGOs’, the White Helmets have been deployed by the west to derail the Syrian state, first  by undermining existing civic structures and by disseminating staged PR to facilitateregime change propaganda, through western and Gulf state media outlets. Despite the fact that they were started, and are still generously funded by NATO members states, particularly from the US and UK, the White Helmets’ official statement still claims categorically that they are somehow “fiercely independent” and “have accepted no money from governments, corporations or anyone directly involved in the Syrian conflict“. This is both farcical and deeply misleading.
They claim they are not “tied to any political group in Syria, or anywhere else”, yet they are embedded with Al Nusra Front, ISIS and affiliated with the majority of US allied terrorist brigades infesting Syria.  In fact during my recent trip to Syria, I was once again struck by the response from the majority of Syrians when asked if they knew who the White Helmets were.  The majority had never heard of them, others who follow western media noted that they are a “NATO construct being used to infiltrate Syria as a major player in the terrorist support network.”
For further details on the White Helmets and their role in supporting US & NATO state-sponsored terrorism in Syria please refer to the compilation of articles contained in the 21WIRE article: WHO ARE SYRIA’S WHITE HELMETS?
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The REAL Syria Civil Defence
Let us now focus upon the very real heroes inside Syria, the real Syria Civil Defence that have been usurped by the NATO mountebank White Helmets who also call themselves the “Syria Civil Defence” – a mere simulacra of the REAL Syria Civil Defence who have been saving lives in Syria, and further afield for decades.
The REAL Syria Civil Defence was established as an organisation, in 1953, some 63 years before the White Helmets were a glimmer in the eyes of CIA and MI6 operatives.
The REAL Syria Civil Defence is a founding member of the ICDO (International Civil Defence Organisation). Other ICDO partners include the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Secretarian of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations of Geneva (UNOG), Red Cross and the Red Crescent.
To our knowledge and according to the Head Quarters of the REAL Syria Civil Defence in Damascus, the White Helmets are NOT a member of the ICDO. The REAL Syria White Helmets have received awards for their participation in the training of other member states in USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) and for their contributions to the Civil Defence community, prior to the NATO dirty war on Syria that began in earnest, in 2011.
Later in Part II, we will go into further detail regarding this affiliation with the ICDO and the role the REAL Syria Civil Defence has played in global civil defence developments for the last 63 years – which is tremendous, and something the White Helmets could never lay claim to in reality, despite all the superficial accolades being rained down upon them by the US and NATO fueled organisations, foundations and cosmetic award bodies.
icdo-membersThis is an introduction to the unsung heroes who, unlike the counterfeit White Helmet, do truly risk their lives every day, working not only in government controlled areas, but forging deep into terrorist strongholds to rescue civilians living under the brutal US-NATO-backed terrorist siege and occupation that engulfs all of Syria.
When Syrian civilians are at risk, injured, or buried under the rubble of homes, schools and hospitals destroyed by terrorist mortar showers, it’s not Le Mesurier’s White Helmets who rush to their aid – it’s the REAL Syria Civil Defence, a real civic organization who, up until the publication of this article, have never been mentioned by any western media outlets.
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The REAL Syria Civil Defence, stationed in Syrian government held West Aleppo
(Photo: Vanessa Beeley August 15, 2016)
The REAL Syria Civil Defence: Aleppo
My first stop on my investigation to discover the REAL Syria Civil Defence units in as many Syrian governorates as I could during my time in Syria, was Aleppo. I focused on those units that were in closest proximity to the terrorist held areas of Syria, particularly, Aleppo and Idlib. Damascus which is the home and headquarters of the REAL Syrian Civil Defence was my last port of call, and is surrounded on two sides by Jaish Al Islam, another US-NATO protected terrorist clique.
Because of the the encroachment of the US Coalition terrorist entities, Aleppo city has been carved into two cities with the major occupier of the eastern portion being the universally feared Al Nusra Front. Spurious attempts by the US to rebrand this organisation as a lesser evil in an attempt to separate them from their Al Qaeda affiliation, have failed. People in Syria from all walks of life refuse to accept any differentiation between the titles accorded the terrorist brigades, insisting there is no difference in the way they all kill, maim, torture, rape, behead and destroy at the behest of their paymasters and controllers in the US, NATO states, Turkey, Gulf States and yes, Israel.
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Decimated areas of Sheikh Maqsoud, the northernmost, Kurdish held,
entry point into the government held West Aleppo (Photo: Vanessa Beeley August 14, 2016)
For further information about the real situation in Aleppo, my journey to this terrorist besieged city and the debunking of the fictional US-NATO narrative, please read Part I of my article published at Mint Press: Journey to Aleppo: Exposing the Truth Buried under NATO Propaganda.
On the 15th of August, I entered the work yard of Aleppo’s REAL Syria Civil Defence and was greeted by an exhausted team of about fifteen crew-members.  That morning from 11am until around 3 pm, just before our visit, they had been fighting a fire in a cement and plastics factory which had been ignited by Al Nusra Front mortar fire.
They were understandably wary, but they still gathered around us (my colleague and independent journalist, Eva Bartlett and our translator) in the searing arid summer heat. Over the course of this 5 years and 6 months of this dirty war against Syria, not one western media journalist had ever asked to speak to them.
This extraordinary omission and failure to follow the most rudimentary journalist text book rules by the western media is staggering, but hardly surprising considering the level of spin and propaganda employed daily by the likes of the BBC, CNN, FOX News, The Guardian, New York Times, and Washington Post. Sadly, western media lap dogs end up simply wagging their tails to their masters voice and turning somersaults with the truth to merit reward.
Unfortunately for the Syrian people, western pundits have only reported on crucial and pivotal events in the war on Syria based largely on ‘evidence’ supplied by the US-UK-NATO construct, the White Helmets, who are ensconsed only in Al Nusra Front aka Al Qaeda and ISIS held areas.
As a result of western media outlets not bothering to make contact with the volunteer Syrians in the REAL Syria Civil Defence, western audiences never received a balanced view of the situation. Instead, western media only disseminates what amounts to a biased, one-sided view which mirrors anti-Syrian state and Syrian Arab Army rhetoric issued by the US State Dept and British Foreign Office.
I explained in detail, why I had come to talk with them, that my objective was to find out who were the real heroes inside Syria working tirelessly for their people who are being collectively punished by the baseless US-EU sanctions that impact hardest upon the Syrian people.
Aleppo’s REAL Syria Civil Defence informed us there are 150 volunteers working across all units in Aleppo, the headquarters are in the Hamadaniya area which is one of the most severely targeted civilian areas, by Al Nusra Front Hell Cannon mortar fire and explosive bullets. The volunteers ages range between 25-45 years old, and the minimum age for training is 18.
All members of the crew were genuine volunteers. They spoke proudly of the intensive training process they undergo before they can be accepted into the unit. They are fully trained in urban search and rescue techniques (USAR).  They are also fully qualified paramedics.
A glance around their yard revealed that their equipment is tired and worn. The fire trucks were gleaming in the sun but showed signs of heavy use. Tattered jackets hung from the fenders and wing mirrors of the trucks and a Syrian flag had been draped across the radiator of one truck, perhaps in honour of our visit.
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West Aleppo REAL Syria Civil Defence unit (Photo: Vanessa Beeley August 15, 2016)
I was told immediately, that I would not be able to photograph the crew themselves or to use their names. Aleppo is a city under siege, not by “Assad and his army“, as the western media would have you believe, but by an assortment of up to 22 different terror brigades many of whom are armed, funded, and trained by the US, UK, France, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, to name only a few of the west’s ‘coalition.’ The REAL Syria Civil Defence crew-members are under constant threat of being targeted by any one of these terrorist brigades – including the White Helmets, as they later explained to us.
Chemical Attacks
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MODERATE WEAPONS: ‘Rebel’ Terrorists in East Aleppo shell civilians indiscriminately with their crude munitions, and then blame it on “The Regime” via misleading social media imagery. 

The crew told us about a call out they had responded to on the 2nd August. There had been a terrorist Hell Cannon attack on the Old City of Aleppo, which lies right on the border with the Al Nusra front lines and is a regular target for their indiscriminate attacks. Terrorist Hell Cannons use an assortment of containers – gas canisters, water heater tanks packed full of explosives, glass, metal and any other limb-shredding materials.
As the crew entered the area, they said there was a pungent smell in the air that suggested the use of a toxic gas by Nusra Front, possibly chlorine. The concentrations were so high that they immediately experienced breathing difficulties and their flimsy paper oxygen masks were not sufficient to prevent the devastating effects of inhalation.
One of the crew, 36 year old Mohammed Ahmed Eibbish, succumbed to the fumes and eventually died while trying to rescue one of the 25 affected civilians. Both civilians and crew suffered with dizziness, nausea, burns on their body, spasms and respiratory difficulties. Four civilians died that day too, all women. This attack and many others like it, are being intentionally ignored by the western media agencies, politicians and partisan UN officials, desperate to attribute any such attacks to the Syrian government and its national army.
A very salient fact so often mislaid in the stampede to produce lies, is that the only chemical factory in Aleppo (producing chlorine among other substances) was actually captured by the Al Nusra Front coalition in 2012. It is located about 10km east of Aleppo’s airport on the road towards Raqqa.
The chemicals factory was taken over by Nusra Front and allies three years ago, they emptied everything out of it including potential ingredients for use in chemical weapon attacks. Part of the facility was shipped to Iraq.  They destroyed the factory completely. ~ Voice from Aleppo
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Painful skin blisters caused by an ISIS chemical weapon attack in Northern Aleppo 17/9/2016 (Photo: Press TV article)
The crew told us that the worst injuries they have ever witnessed, are children who have been hit by the terrorist Hell Cannon mortars. Their little bodies are eviscerated and literally torn apart. At least 54 children had been killed and many others maimed by the Hell Cannon attacks in a two-week period alone, between the July 31st and August 14th. These figures were provided by the Aleppo Medical Association during our time in West Aleppo. In total, 143 civilians, 23 women, 54 children and 66 men, were killed by US-backed “rebels” occupying East Aleppo.
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Aleppo REAL Syria Civil Defence Fire Engine parked in their yard (Photo: Vanessa Beeley August 15, 2016)
The West Aleppo crew is forced to attend missions without the standard issue equipment and to deal with situations like chemical weapons attacks with only the ineffectual paper breathing masks.  This is another result of the EU-US sanctions being enforced against Syria, and effectively against the Syrian people. The REAL Syria Civil Defence is unable to replace equipment or replenish supplies, unlike the NATO White Helmets who enjoy an endless stream of kit and replacement materials via the Turkey supply chain that has remained unbroken for much of the four years that Aleppo has been under terrorist siege.
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US EQUIPPED: White Helmets showing off their brand new equipment in Idlib (on borders with Turkey) supplied by US Equipment company, Bobcat (Photo: screenshot from White Helmet promotional video)
The White Helmets: Criminals, Kidnappers and Killers
When we got on to the subject of NATO’s White Helmets, the West Aleppo REAL Syrian Civil Defence crew became animated.  One of them, stepped forward and began to talk excitedly to our translator. He had been stationed in East Aleppo at a REAL Syrian Civil Defence unit based in an area that has since been overrun by Al Nusra Front and their associate terrorist gangs.
Again, we are unable, as we have said, to provide names of the men we spoke with. They are prime targets for the Al Nusra Front and company in East Aleppo. This crew member, lets call him ‘Khaled,’ described what happened when the terrorists (western media still call them “opposition” or “moderate rebels”) started to invade East Aleppo in 2012.
They came in and they drove us out of our homes and they came to the Syria Civil Defence yard and they killed some of my comrades, they kidnapped others.  They wanted to force me to work with them.  I escaped at night.  I was forced to leave my teenage sons behind. They burned my house to the ground and they put my name on all the terrorist checkpoints so if I go back, they will kill me.
Khaled went on to explain how those men who later became the White Helmets were among this first wave of terrorists:
They are terrorists, not rescuers.  They stole our ambulances and three of our fire engines. They don’t do any rescue work.  They drive round with guns in the back of their car like any other terrorist.  Some are from East Aleppo, some are from Syria but not from Aleppo and some are even coming in from abroad.
Granted, this might come as a shock to anyone who has already bought into the public relations image of the group that’s already been developed over three years by various agencies in New York, Washington DC and London, but these are the real accounts regarding what one might say is the true unmasked nature of the west’s White Helmets.
At this point other crew members interjected and told me that they had watched the White Helmet “rescue” videos.
They are fake.  They don’t carry out any correct procedures, either as paramedics or as search and rescue experts.
They described how the White Helmets use a heavy-duty power drill to dig down for civilians buried under the rubble of homes allegedly targeted by “Syrian or Russian airstrikes.”
It’s the wrong equipment to use.  It is not sensitive enough and because it vibrates powerfully,  it can displace the rubble which is dangerous if anyone is genuinely buried beneath it.
They went on to describe other aspects of the White Helmet videos that they believe contravene all standard procedures that are followed by genuine search and rescue experts, paramedics and first responders.
In the following very recent video made by a White Helmet camera crew, men pretending to be genuine rescuers attack an area of rubble where they seem to know where a body buried. They start with a mint condition JCB digger, which attacks the heap of rubble with gusto.  Then, alarmingly, they begin to pound the rubble with a heavy duty mallet without employing any devices to actually determine where the body is located, under the impenetrable concrete blocks. Finally, the JCB digger returns to the mound of rubble and enters the teeth of its bucket into the rubble without any hesitation, surely not standard procedure if there is a chance of a body being under the debris.
Miraculously, as with all White Helmet videos, they seem to find exactly where the bodies are, despite having displaced the majority of the rubble in the process. They also, miraculously, avoided staving in the first body’s head with the mallet. There is no intention to downplay or belittle the deaths that have obviously occurred but we do ask the questions:
1.  How did the White Helmets know the bodies would be exactly where they found them?
2.  Where is this rescue being filmed?
3.  “Activists”, “citizen journalists”, the White Helmets and western media would have us believe that East Aleppo is under almost constant Russian or Syrian aerial attack yet the White Helmets make, on average, 4 or 5 films per day and we never see or hear any sign of an attack, only the “aftermath”. 
4. Where do these bodies come from? Are they victims of air strikes as we are told by these NATO funded “activists” and “first responders” or are they taken from among the thousands of “disappeared” that have been kidnapped by Nusra Front and other terrorist gangs in East Aleppo? Are they gruesome props being used inhumanely, to polish the image of this faux NGO embedded in East Aleppo, HQ for Al Nusra Front.
I would not ask these questions without good cause and that cause was given to me by the crew members of the REAL Syria Civil Defence, in West Aleppo, some of whom were driven from their homes in East Aleppo and whose families, left behind, remain under threat, while they are unable to return, for fear of being assassinated by the Al Nusra terrorists and their associates the White Helmets.
A further cause for this question is the previous proven use of props and crisis actors by the BBC (just one example) in one of their most dubious reports on Syria, Panorama’s piece entitled,“Saving Syria’s Children”.  Robert Stuart’s quite brilliant investigation into this chilling charade revealed some very disturbing evidence of the lengths to which, the mainstream media are prepared to go, to produce the propaganda required to execute yet another war on false pretenses. Propaganda that best serves the NATO and US intelligence agencies who continue toiling away to facilitate regime change and a ‘No Fly Zone.’
“Why do you do it?” I asked an obvious question of the REAL Syria Civil Defence, essentially, volunteers who survive on a paltry government salary or public donations, who work with dilapidated equipment, under terrorist, indiscriminate, shell, mortar and explosive bullet fire, and with no recognition for the heroic work they do from western media or ‘humanitarian’ NGOs.
It is humanitarian work for our country. We were there in the good times, and we are here when the times are bad and we are needed most. It’s our duty
No emotive, Manhattan based PR agency #hashtag headlines for these firefighters and life savers. Instead, we get simple words to convey a simple message.  They told me they often work 24 hour shifts, without sleep. One man sat on the wall behind me told me he had broken both legs falling from a collapsing building after terrorists had shelled the area. Another showed me that he had lost an eye in a Hell Cannon mortar attack. In the background, their uniforms billowed on the washing line ready for the next shout.
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The badge of honour, the REAL Syria Civil Defence badge sewn on to the sleeves of the uniforms in West Aleppo (Photo: Vanessa Beeley August 15, 2016)
My final question to the REAL Syria Civil Defence in West Aleppo,  was to ask them for their message to the outside world.  The world that is unaware they even exist, many of whom are blinded by the propaganda glare that surrounds the White Helmet media circus. They responded thus:
1. Please lift the sanctions so we can keep working and saving lives.
2. Stop the terrorists from entering Syria, and stop funding and arming them.
3. If terrorists keep entering Syria, eventually it will affect the world, not just Syria. There has been enough bloodshed. It needs to stop now.
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The staple equipment of fire crews and first responders. Visit to the West Aleppo REAL Syria Civil Defence
(Photo: Vanessa Beeley August 15, 2016)
The REAL Aleppo Medical Association
One of the other meetings we had during our time in Aleppo, was with the Aleppo Medical Association.  We met with the Director, Dr Zahar Buttal and Dr Bassem Hayak, who is in charge of the medical teams assessing refugees from East Aleppo who fled to West Aleppo via the Russian and Syrian state humanitarian corridors, created on the 29th July, which have allowed over 2000 people to escape the terrorist strongholds to safety, food and medical care in government-protected West Aleppo. These figures were given to us by the Aleppo Medical Association on the 15th August 2016.
One of the questions I asked Dr Hayak, who spoke good English, was what he knew of the White Helmets.  His response was concise and without preamble.  His family is still in East Aleppo and although he has not been able to get back into East Aleppo for the last year, his family have told him that the White Helmets are not known in East Aleppo.  I asked again to be sure, and was told again, people, civilians do not know of the White Helmets in East Aleppo. Any actual first response work is carried out by foreign workers from various countries, Pakistan and the Gulf region among them. These foreigners work with Syrian people who are not properly trained in first response. They might only receive 2 or 3 months training before being allowed to work.
Dr Hayak says, “Even with our relationship with WHO (World Health Organisation) and the UN, we still didn’t hear about the White Helmets.”
Are the White Helmets, NATO ghosts?
Dr Hayak also states quite clearly, he has a cousin, working as a surgeon in East Aleppo. ISIS and other terrorist factions have forced her to stay in East Aleppo by threatening to kill her family, should she leave for West Aleppo.
Dr Hayak also said that the majority of civilians in East Aleppo are “hostages”of the NATO/US allied terrorists.
In East Aleppo, civilians living under Al Nusra Front occupation, do not know the White Helmets. Watch:

It is not unreasonable to speculate that the White Helmets are not first responders at all, except when required to don the white hats for a staged photo or promotional video, or to produce western news propaganda for the likes of CNN or the BBC, courtesy of their ever-present film and media crew.
It is not unreasonable, based upon the statements given by eminent members of the Aleppo medical fraternity and crew members of the REAL Syria Civil Defence in Aleppo, to draw the conclusion that the White Helmets are nothing more than common terrorists, being paid to present themselves as respectable first responders when the need arises for “reports from inside Aleppo” or elsewhere in Syria.
Later, in Part II of this story, we will travel to the northwest Syria regions ofLattakia and Tartous and speak to REAL Syria Civil Defence units there, before finally visiting the Syria Civil Defence Headquarters in Damascus, right in the heart of Jaish Al Islam, terrorist strongholds in Jobar and the surrounding suburbs of Damascus.
Every one of these units has a tale to tell about NATO’s White Helmets and each tale is a further nail in the coffin of the west’s multi-million dollar White Helmet mythology – nails which can’t be extracted by any number of NATO sponsored prizes, awards or accolades.
In the end, the REAL Syria Civil Defence will be recognised as extraordinary “ordinary” human beings who deserve the title “Hero” and whose service to their people and their country will be applauded by all those who are not taken in by the by the obscene parody of terrorists dressed-up as saviours and saints.
The REAL “saints” do indeed come marching in….
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The REAL Syria Civil Defence, Lattakia, next stop on the tour of the true heroes inside Syria. Photo: Lattakia Fire Brigade FB page


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