Images of malnourished children from the town of Madaya has emerged on the internet. The photos are so shocking that I refuse to share them as they are a testament to the evil that lies within humans. It is inconceivable that such suffering can be brought onto innocent children who had no choice or say in the war.

What has emerged however is the myth that ‘Assad and his army’ are besieging the town, and that he is the one bringing this suffering upon his own people. This is the very people that he claims he is fighting to protect from jihadist forces.

The Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) ran with the line that Madaya has been ‘under siege for seven months by Syrian government forces and Hezbollah militias.’ It makes a passing mention that Ahrar ash-Sham are holed up in the town of 40,000 people, but fails to mention that Ahrar ash-Sham are a key ally to Al-Qaeda’s franchise in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra and shares its radical ideology.

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Even if Ahrar ash-Sham are holed up in the city, how does this even remotely justify the food shortages and the blockade the government is imposing on Madaya? Nothing can justify such a blockade.

However, what if I was to suggest that Madaya is not under a food blockade from ‘the regime’, but that the food shortage is caused by the Ahrar ash-Sham militants attempting to force the hand of the Syrian government to ease the campaign on the besieged terrorist group?

This very real prospect has not been considered by usual propagandist from the ABC, BBC, The Guardian and the usual ilk who cannot go on and do simple investigative work as it might threaten their simplistic paradigm on understanding the multifaceted and complex  Syrian War.

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None of them have considered or perhaps even seen (or maybe even ignored) the footage of thousands of residents from the small town parading through the street just a month earlier in support of the Syrian government. Can anyone make a logical explanation why a month earlier thousands of protesters were out in support for the army, risking their lives in front of the anti-government terrorist group to display their allegiances?

 

If this does not have you convinced, perhaps we should question why residents who were supposedly under attack from their own government that they support, are taking out their frustrations on the militants without a single utter about the government? Of course, as seen in the footage, a militant instructs the video taker to stop recording. Well that makes perfectly logical sense when a simple short video can undermine a built up lie, and one that the usual suspects in the Western media are more than happy to lap up.

Most peculiar however is the siege on Fouaa and Kafraya in Syria’s northwest province of Idlib. The predominately Shi’ite towns have been two small enclaves surrounded by the terrorist axis of the Army of Conquest, which is made up of Ahrar ash-Sham, their allies in Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army. Not a word has been uttered by the usual media suspects about their plight, siege, blockade, suffering, food and medical shortages.

However, back to Madaya, because let’s not completely unravel the hypocrisy and contradictions, shall we?

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The following image emerged on Facebook from someone within Madaya on December 17. What it claims is that the cost of 1 pound of sugar or rice reached roughly $34, 1 pound of flour cost almost $47 and 1 pound of powdered milk was going for as much as $52.

This was well before the crisis hit a crescendo, and it must be remembered that the Syrian government has no control over Madaya itself. What this suggests is a black market racket from within the town. Would it therefore be feasible to suggest that Ahrar ash-Sham are taking advantage of the situation to not only force the government to act in their favor, but to also exploit the people of the town? The residents of the town have clearly taken their frustrations out on the terrorists who refuse to budge and answer questions from the people on why they do not have food, and the militants do. And just like the terrorists cannot answer the question, Western media, commentators, ‘experts’ and ‘analysts’ cannot explain why ‘the regime’ would starve out their own staunch supporters. Oooops, did I just reveal a hole in their propaganda?

As news emerges that the people are resorting to boiling tree leaves for sustenance, the push to resolve this issue cannot become any more critical. The Syrian people have suffered for 5 long years and the disinformation from the starvation of Madaya will only prove to create a new anti-Assad sentiment and anger in the West since the mythology of chemical weapons and barrel bombs being used against civilians has proven to be nothing but a fantasy.

Using starved children to serve an intervention agenda and justification presents just how disgusting the war has become, or as Dr Tim Anderson has perfectly titled his soon to be released book, ‘The Dirty War on Syria.’ For the sake of humanity, I truly hope the starving children is not a sick attempt of justifying intervention.


The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Al-Masdar News.
Paul Antonopoulos is currently a Candidate for an MA Degree, writing his dissertation on the Saudi-Iranian Geopolitical Rivalry in the Syrian War.
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  1. I saw that report tonight and knew it was a crock of shit straight away, and I am sure the terrorists holding the people of Madaya hostage are the ones that ‘leaked’ the photos to their benefactors, the western media

  2. lol so the videos of children beeing super skinny and some deaths are false? like the attack of gas sarin to a majority sunni town? everybody knows that the majority of sunni people are with the rebels, some rich sunnis and others less relegious can support the regime but the majority is with the rebels, assad is a discuting dictactor that dont care about his people, sohr can exagerate in the deaths of barrel bombs but the truth is that assad is like saddam, 2 pigs that dont give a shit about the people only their place in power, im not pro western i was supporting assad(because i was thinking that he is the less evil) until this madaya siege, assad is a traitor,even with his own friends like ghaddafi( a dictactor 100x better than assad, barrel bombs in 2 weeks kill more than all the civilians that gaddafi killed in his live) assad gave his telephone number to nato kill him

  3. Can someone in the know please explain the situation. Its very complicated I know and we have seen rebels not releasing food etc. What is going on in this town. Activists say they are having to surrender junior members of rebels for food but in same sentence he says he is hiding with his FRIENDS the FSA. Is this town just full of fsa and other groups and they are starving their own.

    • “Images of malnourished children from the town of Madraya have emerged on the internet. The photos are so shocking that I refuse to share them as they are a testament to the evil that lies within humans. It is inconceivable that such suffering can be brought onto innocent children who had no choice or say in the war. What has emerged however is the myth that ‘Assad and his army’ are besieging the town, and that he is the one bringing this suffering upon his own people. This is the very people that he claims he is fighting to protect from jihadist forces. The Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) ran with the line that Madaya has been ‘under siege for seven months by Syrian government forces and Hezbollah militias.’ It makes a passing mention that Ahrar ash-Sham are holed up in the town of 40,000 people, but fails to mention that Ahrar ash-Sham are a key ally to Al-Qaeda’s franchise in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra and shares its radical ideology. Even if Ahrar ash-Sham are holed up in the city, how does this even remotely justify the food shortages and the blockade the government is imposing on Madaya? Nothing can justify such a blockade. However, what if I was to suggest that Madaya is not under a food blockade from ‘the regime’, but that the food shortage is caused by the Ahrar ash-Sham militants attempting to force the hands of the Syrian government to ease the campaign on the besieged terrorist group? This very real prospect has not been considered by usual propagandist from the ABC, BBC, The Guardian and the usual ilk who cannot go on and do simple investigative work as it might threaten their simplistic paradigm on understanding the multifaceted and complex Syrian War. Non of them have considered or perhaps even seen (or maybe even ignored) the footage of thousands of residents from the small town parading through the street just a month earlier in support of the Syrian government. Can anyone make a logical explanation why a month earlier thousands of protesters were out in support for the army, risking their lives in front of the anti-government terrorist group to display their allegiances? If this does not have you convinced, perhaps we should question why residents who were supposedly under attack from their own government that they support, are taking out their frustrations on the militants without a single utter about the government? Of course, as seen in the footage, a militant instructs the video taker to stop recording. Well that makes perfectly logical sense when a simple short video can undermine a built up lie, and one that the usual suspects in the Western media are more than happy to lap up.”

  4. A few years ago, among the many pictures showing up in the media at the time was one of a young man with bandages on his head and, according to the accompanying text, his injuries were the result of Syrian government bombing. But, he was clean and unmussed, his hair and clothing neat and he had a shit-kicking grin on his face. Ah, propaganda, I thought. It made me more critical of what I viewed and read and caused me to think a bit. For instance, it seems to me that whenever something is personalized it is almost certainly propaganda. ‘Hitler killed many Jews’, ‘Saddam killed Kurds’, ‘Assad is using chemical weapons’ are some examples. In the case of Saddam Hussein it became especially personalized: a first-name basis of propaganda. When these kinds of propaganda show up in mainstream ‘western’ media I have to assume it is put there by the ‘west’. I do not believe a motley group of young, foreign terrorists who seem to comprise most of the force against Syria would have access to ‘western’ propagandists, nor do I think they could coordinate a war or know where to sell the spoils of war. It becomes almost certain that ‘western’ government(s) are running things. Is this, yet again, an uncontrolled CIA misadventure?

  5. This article is such a fucking lie. I know people with relatives in this town and they are NOT Assad’s supporters. They hate him and that is why the town is under siege. This article is a disgrace to humanity and should be removed

  6. The bbc shows the people begging to get to the safety of the S.A.A and the terrorist refusing as they are needed as a human shield .President Assad the great would like nothing more than these terrorists to release these people and let them eat and drink . They are still trying to play this Arab Spring uprising shit when everyone knows it is complete bollox