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(by Stephen Kinzer, BostonGlobe, Submitted by Mephisto) ~ Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press.
Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why.
Washington-based reporters tell us that one potent force in Syria, al-Nusra, is made up of “rebels” or “moderates,” not that it is the local al-Qaeda franchise.
Saudi Arabia is portrayed as aiding freedom fighters when in fact it is a prime sponsor of ISIS.
Turkey has for years been running a “rat line” for foreign fighters wanting to join terror groups in Syria, but because the United States wants to stay on Turkey’s good side, we hear little about it.
Nor are we often reminded that although we want to support the secular and battle-hardened Kurds, Turkey wants to kill them.
Everything Russia and Iran do in Syria is described as negative and destabilizing, simply because it is they who are doing it — and because that is the official line in Washington.
The Beirut-based analyst Marwa Osma asked: “The Syrian Arab Army, which is led by President Bashar Assad, is the only force on the ground, along with their allies, who are fighting ISIS — so you want to weaken the only system that is fighting ISIS?”.
Americans are said to be ignorant of the world. We are, but so are people in other countries. If people in Bhutan or Bolivia misunderstand Syria, however, that has no real effect. Our ignorance is more dangerous, because we act on it… … …