ABOVE IMAGE: PHOTO CIRCULATED AS BEING OF THE SREBRENICA MASS GRAVE. QUESTIONS SURROUND THIS IMAGE, INCLUDING ABOUT ITS AUTHENTICITY AND WHO THE VICTIMS AND THE KILLERS REALLY WERE.
The West simply has a thousand dirty tricks up its well-financed sleeve, and a huge apparatus of disinformation to make them fly. As Karl Rove said once, “We make our own reality.”
The resolution, it must be recalled, would have marked a significant step toward the ultimate goal of setting up a “UN-protected enclave” in Aleppo, strikingly similar to what in April 1993 was arranged for Srebrenica, there also for the specific purpose of rescuing cornered Western-backed thugs. In Srebrenica, the immediate object was to halt the Bosnian Serb advance which threatened to crush Naser Oric’s cutthroats who were holed up inside; in Aleppo it was to halt the advance of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), which poses a similar threat to terrorist proxies trapped in the eastern part of the city.
The rhetoric which is now beginning to emanate from Western political and MSM sources is strikingly similar to Srebrenica themes in 1995 and later. It suggests that Syrian government forces are apprehending “hundreds of men and boys” from terrorist-held zones and taking them to parts unknown, but given – according to UN’s human rights commissioner Rupert Colville – the Syrian government’s “terrible record of arbitrary detention” it is not difficult to imagine what is alleged to be in store for them. The ominous part of it is that a Western propaganda campaign is shaping up to associate the endgame of the Aleppo operation with the Serbian takeover of Srebrenica in July of 1995. In the aftermath of the fall of Srebrenica, the 8,000 allegedly executed “men and boys” meme became emblematic of that event. The emerging propaganda line is: Srebrenica = mass execution of “men and boys” = genocide, with the allegedly missing Aleppo “men and boys” now being brought into that equation. The sudden resurrection of the Srebrenica “men and boys” meme, just as Syrian Government forces are on the verge of taking Aleppo, strongly suggests by association the nature of the underlying propaganda agenda that is being activated against President Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies.
The stage was set by perfidious Albion in a rousing speech delivered on December 9 by Britain’s UN ambassador to the General Assembly, Matthew Rycroft, once it became apparent that the Security Council scheme to declare terrorist-held parts of Aleppo virtually a UN-protected zone and save them from military defeat by imposing a cease fire was dead, due to Russian and Chinese vetoes. In his remarks, posted on the official UK government website thus giving them additional weight, and without citing and proof whatsoever for his allegations, after elaborate references to the alleged hardships imposed by the government offensive with Russian assistance, Rycroft uttered the following significant words:
“And yet, despite all of this, it could still get worse. Hundreds of men and boys are disappearing as they flee eastern Aleppo, taken by the regime, their fate unknown.”
Not insignificantly, in view of previously announced Western plans to manufacture a war crimes case against presidents Assad and Putin, Rycroft added the following threat:
“And ultimately, Mr President, we must never forget. When I was Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina the guns had been silent there for a decade. But in that time, Slobodan Milosevic, the architect of that conflict, of that genocide, was already behind bars facing justice. Make no mistake, the war in Syria, like the war in Bosnia, will eventually come to an overdue end. Our memories are long and whether in one year or in ten, there will be accountability for those responsible for all those deaths in Aleppo and across Syria.”
It is against such a backdrop that the campaign to associate the defeat of Western-backed terrorists in Aleppo with “Srebrenica genocide” is proceeding apace. Almost simultaneously with Rycroft’s UN speech, on December 9 the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville (also a British subject, one may safely assume) dutifully issued a report expressing “grave concern about the safety of civilians in Aleppo”, elaborating on Rycroft’s insinuations and backing them up with a seemingly respectable institutional source. Written with great care and replete with weasel words inserted to create an impression of evenhandedness and facilitate deniability if needed, nevertheless center stage in Colville’s report are the “worrying allegations that hundreds of men have gone missing after crossing into Government-controlled areas.” In this version of the events the “boys” are not explicitly mentioned, but for good measure another allegation is added that students of the Srebrenica media hoax will readily recall, i.e. “reports that men were being separated from women and children”.
With the stage thus officially set, the BBC got promptly into the act. On December 9, it issued its summary of the allegations for international MSM dissemination and consumption. Under the headline “Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing”, the BBC World Service gave its imprimatur to the unsubstantiated allegation that “hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say”.
Scrupulously adhering to the foundational UN document, thus skirting the charge of overt manipulation, the BBC also refers to those who are alleged to have disappeared once they entered government territory as “men,” without anywhere mentioning the “boys”. Yet, oddly, as within hours the story gained currency and went viral world-wide, while regularly referring back to the BBC as the source, from Nepal to Nigeria, and from India and Canada to the Netherlands and South America, mysteriously and by instinctive agreement, copy editors were adding the “boys” as if to complete the Srebrenica analogy, with its underlying psychological connotations of genocide.
The preparatory work for this nasty propaganda campaign to associate Aleppo with Srebrenica, and generally with the Western misrepresentation of the war in Bosnia, similarly unsupported by one shred of evidence, has been going on for a while. The template being used is identical. Maudlin media pieces were being published months in advance, designed to emotionally prepare public opinion. Examples are ”They said ‘never again’ … then along came the siege of Aleppo,” by David Pratt, Foreign Affairs Editor for Scotland’s “The Herald” (August 5, 2016) and “From Sarajevo to Aleppo: Lessons on Surviving a Siege In Bosnia and in Syria,” with the dramatic introductory line “The tactic has been used to destroy bodies—but it’s really an attempt to annihilate the spirit,” by Janine di Giovanni in the October 12, 2016 issue of “The Atlantic” magazine. At the same time, another familiar Srebrenica theme is being promoted, this time imputing guilt to Western countries for not acting with sufficient speed and forcefulness to prevent dire humanitarian consequences in Aleppo.
Of course, the immediate, practical reasons for the visceral reaction of Western spokesmen, political institutions, and intelligence services to the impending collapse of their “fortress Aleppo” is the embarrassing prospect of the capture of dozens of their agents and “advisors” embedded with the terrorists in the East Aleppo redoubt. But while important, the rescue of their operatives is but one of the reasons for the noisy distraction of the Aleppo “missing men and boys” campaign that is being assiduously engineered by Western propaganda. Even more importantly, its purpose is, quite likely, to prepare the ground, and by association with Srebrenica also the emotional atmosphere, for a major false flag intelligence operation in Syria. It will be designed to mobilize international public opinion and to create the political elements required for a last-ditch effort to justify a military intervention in Syria, to stave off the defeat of terrorist proxies and to try to reverse the unfavorable outcome of the war.
And, talking about false flag operations, let us never forget that in recent times Srebrenica was the mother of them all.
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