The international community can observe a new round of implementation of information warfare technologies. Renewed tools of the Goebbels propaganda play an important role in this phenomenon. The global elites and their pocket media utilize them in different parts of the media landscape.
Khan Shaykhun Chemical Attack
An alleged chemical attack took place in the Syrian village of Khan Shaykhun controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on April 4. The attack resulted in notable casualties among local population. From 70 to 100 people were killed, according to different sources.
Immediately following the incident, various humanitarian organizations, media activists and mainstream media outlets blamed forces of the Assad government for the civilian causalities arguing that Damascus had conducted a chemical attack with no proofs. Media used emotional reporting style in order to create a hysteria and to oppress attempts to look critical on the “facts” provided by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and their supporters.
Then, official representatives of various governments, including US President Donald Trump, accused the Syrian government in conducting a chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun on an official level.
“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said, commenting on the incident. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies … that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines. I will tell you, it’s already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much … You’re now talking about a whole different level.”
Following the statement, Trump ordered a missile attack on the Shayrat Military Airbase operated by the Syrian Arab Air Force.
However, all attempts of the US and its allies to provide any proof that the Syrian government was behind the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun failed and the mainstream media started hushing up these and attempts to conduct a real investigation of the incident.
Chechnya ‘Gay Purge’
In late 2016 and in early 2017, reports started appearing that “hundreds” of men in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been detained and even killed for being homosexual. The news about the alleged crackdown originally appeared in Russian liberal media outlets and then the mainstream media pushed them to the international audience with little facts and many emotions.
Then, European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini blamed Russia for alleged violence and abuse against gay men in Chechnya and said that she had “discussed” the issue with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Meanwhile, French gay rights groups accused Chechnya of a policy of “genocide” towards gay people in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court. They blamed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and state officials for a “wave of persecution”.
Assad’s Crematorium For Burning Bodies Of Thousands Of Killed Prisoners
On May 15, the US State Department accused the Syrian government of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and burning the bodies in a large crematorium outside Damascus. Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for the State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, gave reporters some “declassified” satellite pictures allegedly showing a building in the prison complex that has been modified to support the crematorium. The claim rapidly became popular in the mainstream media.
However, a closer look at the statement shows that the US State Department is not sure that the building shown at the photos is a crematorium.
QUESTION: Can I just – one very – extremely briefly? What makes you so sure that this is a crematorium and not just some other building? Is it this thing with the snowmelt? Because, I mean, people are going to look at this – the regime in particular or – and the Russians, who you’re – are going to look at this and say: Well, all this proves is that there is a building there and that that part where there’s – snow is melted is simply warmer than the rest of the building. It looks —
MR JONES: So if you look – so obviously, these photos date over several years from 2013 to 2017. If you look at the earliest photo, the August 13 photo, this is during the construction phase, and these HVAC facilities, the discharge stack, the probable firewall, the probable air intake, this is in the construction phase. This would be consistent if they were building a crematorium.
Then we look at the January 15 and we’re looking at snowmelt on the roof that would be consistent with a crematorium. So —
QUESTION: Or just a warmer part of a building, right?
MR JONES: Possibly.
Despite this, Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant used the US State Department claim to justify a call to assassinate President Assad.
“In my view, we are crossing a red line. And in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad. It’s as simple as that,” he said.
Galant is a cabinet minister of the Israeli government. Thus, he represents an official Israeli attitude towards the Syrian leader.
So, it could be expected that some attempts to assassinate Assad for “killing and burning people” will be made in the nearest future.
The cases above have a quite similar scheme:
- Some fake allegation or an horrifying incident appear in media reports, NGOs claims or a statement of some Western government;
- The mainstream media pushes the story, focusing on emotional reporting and the process of blaming and shaming of the target;
- Representatives of the so-called civilized world blame the side chosen to be guilty in the alleged crime;
- The so-called civilized world takes a “needed” action (for example, conducts a missile strike);
- The mainstream media hushes up a lack of facts that can confirm the initial claim or attempts to conduct an independent investigation of the incident.
This is a core of the new approach of conducting orchestrated media campaigns against enemies of the global elites.