An OpEd That Resists The Simplistic Western Narrative About Syria
What can anyone say about the situation in Syria after seeing bloody pictures of dead children? These are the moments where words just don’t do the job. They fail. It’s too awful to imagine. Whoever did it should face lethal justice. That’s the visceral reaction.
I read an article today by John Bradley at the Daily Mail that is worth reading about Syria: Yes, Syria is a tragedy but it would be madness for Britain to intervene. From the link:
The expressions of outrage over Houla and the consequent threats of military action all feed into the conventional Western narrative of the Syrian crisis whereby Assad is portrayed as a bloodthirsty tyrant and the rebels as heroic freedom-fighters trying to liberate the Syrian people from oppression.
It is a picture that has been sedulously cultivated by the anti-Assad opposition, who are masters of manipulative propaganda aimed at gullible Western politicians, broadcasters and protest groups.
But the truth about the violence in Syria is far more complex than Assad’s enemies would have us believe.
While the uprising began as a series of peaceful demonstrations by ordinary Syrians, the simplistic notion of good versus evil no longer reflects the reality.
Even on the most basic level, we do not know what actually happened at Houla. ‘Truth is the first casualty of war,’ goes the wise old dictum, and all we have at the moment are the contentions of either side.
The rebels are blaming Assad, while the President’s regime strongly disputes any responsibility for the killings at all, pointing out that most of the victims seem to have been shot at point-blank range, whereas the Government forces at the time were using heavy mortar fire against the rebels.
Self-serving propaganda? Perhaps, but in this most bitter of conflicts, tales of atrocities have often been exaggerated and exploited.
Read the whole piece. I found it to be a reasonable, cautious OpEd about an awful situation that’s getting worse…and will not be helped, IMHO, by the West’s self-serving agenda.