Independent Canadian journalist, Eva Bartlett challenges a MSM reporter [Kristoffer Rønneberg of Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten] and explains what is actually going on in Syria despite the false claims peddled by the MSM.
Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten
When you talk about the Syrian people and what the Syrian people want, how can you quantify that? Do you have any independent surveys where you can actually document that? And secondly, you talk about the corporate media, the western media, the lies and all of this. Could you explain what you think might be the agenda from us in the Western media, and why we should lie, why the international organizations on the ground should lie? Why we shouldn’t believe all these absolutely documentable facts that we see from the ground? These hospitals being bombed, these civilians you are talking about, the atrocities that they have been experiencing. How can you justify calling all of us liars?
Independent Canadian Journalist
I mean, there are certainly honest journalists amongst the very compromised establishment media. Let’s start with your second question. So, international organizations on the ground. Tell me which ones are on the ground in Eastern Aleppo? Yeah, ok, I’ll tell you. There are none. There are none.
These organizations are relying on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR], which is based in Coventry, UK, which is one man. They are relying on compromised groups like the White Helmets which… Let’s talk about the White Helmets. The White Helmets were founded in 2013 by a British ex-military officer, they have been funded to the tune of $100 million by the US, UK, Europe and other states. They purport to be rescuing civilians in Eastern Aleppo and Idlib… Yet no one in Eastern Aleppo has heard of them; and I say “no one” bearing in mind that now 95% of these areas of Eastern Aleppo are liberated. The White Helmets purport to be neutral, yet they can be found carrying guns and standing on the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers. And their video footage actually contains children that have been “recycled” in different reports. So you can find a girl named Aya who turns up in a report in month, say, August, and she turns up in the next month, in two different locations. So, they are not credible. The SOHR is not credible. “Unnamed activists” are not credible. Once or twice maybe, but every time? Not credible. So, your sources on the ground – you don’t have them.
As for your agenda, not your, but the agenda of some corporate media: it is the agenda of regime change. How can the New York Times…I was reading it this morning…or how can Democracy Now, which I was reading the other day, maintain until this day that this is a civil war in Syria? How can they maintain until this day that the protests were unarmed and non-violent until say 2012? That is absolutely not true. How can they maintain that the Syrian government is attacking civilians in Aleppo, when every person that’s coming out of these areas occupied by terrorists is saying the opposite?
How do I quantify the support of the Syrian people? The elections. In 2014 the Syrian people held elections.
The point being overwhelmingly the people support president Assad.
There are people that want change in the government. We’re not pretending they don’t want change. Everybody wants change. But in terms of support of the government the point is they don’t see president Assad as the problem. They see the problem as terrorism, they see elements of problems in the system that they have there. But president Assad they don’t see as a problem. They actually overwhelmingly support him. So, I’m basing it on their choice in their leader and I’m basing it on my own interactions from people in Syria.