How To Spin Russia’s War On [Western-Backed] Terror?



Just one day into Russia’s genuine “war on terror” corporate media have begun to claim, with almost no proof, that Russia is bombing innocent Syria civilians ( e.g. here, here and here). (One report from Reuters relies on a single Syrian Army defector as a source.) In fact, Syrians have been terrorized since 2011 in a vicious, US/NATO-backed covert regime change operation.

untitledAn accompanying tactic involves routine demonization of Vladimir Putin, the man who after all accurately hit upon the horrific nature of US foreign policy at the UN in September. “In fact, the Islamic State itself did not come out of nowhere,” the dreaded Russian head of state noted.

It was initially developed as a weapon against undesirable secular regimes … In these circumstances, it is hypocritical and irresponsible to make declarations about the threat of terrorism and at the same time turn a blind eye to the channels used to finance and support terrorists, including revenues from drug trafficking, the illegal oil trade and the arms trade.

US officials have exhibited uncertainty in how to publicly address Russia’s direct military involvement in fighting the CIA-created “Islamic State” (ISIS) mercenary army. The US government’s middling tactic involves the assertion that Russian forces are either incompetent or duplicitous in their approach to the conflict. For example, in September 30 statements following Russia’s first attacks Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter suggested that the Russians are likely hitting “moderate” anti-Assad terrorist forces instead of the bona fide Islamic State.

Such remarks must be seen as acts of desperation. In reality, Russia is proceeding where the US leaders simply feign action against ISIS to placate their domestic constituencies while supporting an illegal guerrilla war to topple the Assad regime and obstruct development of the Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline.

Russian media provide an entirely different perspective. As RT reports, Russian military officials claimed their air raids have “destroyed explosives plants to the north of the city of Homs. This plant was used to pack vehicles with explosives that were
later involved in terrorist attacks, including suicide attacks.”

Given US and NATO’s established history of employing false flag terror against civilian populations, one is left to question how many such plants exist elsewhere in Syria Iraq, and elsewhere throughout the Middle East, where often anonymous “suicide attacks” have become routine occurrences.

The Syrian people themselves are frequently excluded from such coverage, even though as human rights activist Eva Bartlett recently explained, contrary to their claims of heavy-handed censorship by the Assad regime, Western correspondents and news organizations are in fact free roam throughout Syria.

RT Correspondent Lizzy Phelan

If this is the case then one might conclude that the civilian population around which the West’s purported sympathy and the Obama administration’s touchy-feely “responsibility to protect” policy revolves is only more strategic subterfuge–indeed a ruse that is now laid bare for the world to see.

In Damascus “the reaction has been generally very welcoming” toward Russia’s campaign, reports RTcorrespondent Lizzy Phelan from the partially safe enclave.

“People here are extremely fed up with receiving the news of Syrian towns and cities besieged by terrorist groups like ISIL and Al Qaeda affiliates Jabhat al-Nusra where all reports show that humanitarian conditions in the areas under their control are extremely poor. On top of that people are just fed up with living in the constant fear of another safe area like Damascus being overrun by these terrorist organizations, by which they face a daily reminder by these non-stop mortar attacks, including last night near my hotel–these mortars shaking the windows of my hotel.”

To be continued…

What do you think?

Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at


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