Since the end of the Cold War, a new paradigm of international politics has emerged, one characterised by interventions and unilateral action.
Most of us that hear the word “humanitarian” being used in the same sentence as “intervention”, view it as a positive move towards saving lives and establishing (or re-establishing) peace. Often this involves Washington portraying the targeted country’s leadership as “mass murderers” and “gross human rights abusers.”
Washington also uses its powerful NGO’s such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to reinforce their claims. Of course, Washington is the savior in this narrative, with the responsibilty to protect the people of the targeted country from their “murderous regime.” This propaganda is often echoed throughout Western media outlets when trying to justify another foreign NATO adventure.
This was the case in the Gulf War of 1991, Kosovo 1999, Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003, Libya 2011 and Syria which has recently been targeted again.
This is a gross violation of international law, most of whom Washington has written itself. The very foundation of the concept of sovereignity is breached and total anarchy rules, a simple fact which should be clear to everyone, one would think.
In all cases mentioned above, Washington has been citing “humanitarian” reasons for intervening. In all cases, Washington has been caught lying. Most recently in Libya (see Hillary Clinton’s leaked Libya emails) and multiple times in Syria.
The most appalling case has been Syria. In what looks more and more like a form of proto World War III, the Syrian conflict enters it’s fifth year in a couple of weeks. This is a conflict that has been created and fermented by NATO and it’s regional allies.
Propaganda has been among the most powerful weapons used in this war. It has managed to portray ruthless psychopaths and terrorists as “rebels” and mitigated their crimes to the point where they have often been likened to freedom fighters. While a sovereign state and it’s democratically elected president is portrayed as a “barrel bombing, genocidal tyrant” by the large majority of the international community.
Western media have been complicit in probably the greatest propaganda war in human history, with disastrous consequences. They have been at the forefront of the process of legitimising radical sectarian terrorists as a viable option for the secular Syrian government. The sheer amount of disinformation spread by western media propagandists has left many confused with regards to what’s going on in the ever more complex Syrian war.
The western media outlets would have their readers believe that this war is about a dictator slaughtering his own people in his mad dream of remaining in power.
The obsession with President Assad that western journalists suffer from is motivated by a political agenda. This agenda is directed by those that western journalists serve, the people in Washington. If you don’t believe me, then believe it when German former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which is one of Germany’s largest newspapers) Udo Ulfkotte is admitting to this fact in interviews and in his book.
In their quest to demonise and discredit President Assad and the Syrian Arab Army in order to sway the Western public to support NATO and it’s regional allies’ illegal bid to overthrow the legitimate Syrian government, western media outlets have gone to lengths totally unworthy of being called actual journalism.
Some of the fraudulent lies being spread during the course of this war have been everything ranging from the government use of barrel bombs & chemical weapons to the deliberate starvation of civilians in the town of Madaya. These fabrications have been exposed thanks to some excellent journalistic work by truth seekers such as RT’s Murad Gazdiev, Seymour Hersh and Al-Masdar News’ very own Paul Antonopoulos.
With the carnage left behind by NATO in Libya and Iraq, and the constant undermining of the Syrian Arab Army’s efforts to combat terrorism, it becomes clear that interventions are hardly motivated by humanitarian reasons, but on the contrary. They’ve always led to more human suffering and killing. The mantle of ‘responsibilty’ has been assumed by the most criminal and tyrannical regimes in modern times when they have been launching foreign interventions in the name of humanity.
This is perhaps best manifested in the case of Yemen where the repressive Saudi regime, notorious for its world wide support for terrorism, is waging a war on the Yemeni people in a bid to re-install it’s overthrown puppet regime. This is of course all done under the aegis of Washington and is being called “countering the Iranian threat.”
Interventions are a dangerous tool of 21st century international politics, perhaps the most dangerous foreign policy tool a hegemonic power such as the United States could have at it’s disposal.
Perhaps what makes it most dangerous is the fact that interventions often enjoy a high public support, that’s the role that western media plays in this game. These interventions are only made possible through public support, it is therefore imperative for the common individual to dig deeper, beyond the transparent Western mainstream media lies and seek the truth.
That would be the true humanitarian thing to do.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Al-Masdar News.
Aram Mirzaei is an Iranian MA Candidate writing his dissertation titled “The Syrian Conflict – A Struggle of Interests”.