Although the uprising (revolt, some would term it) in Syria has the potential to greatly affect American interests, the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East, the security of Israel, the monstrous ambitions of Iran, and the continuing war on terror, the Obama Administration has, for the most part, decided to sit this one out, restricting American reactions to harsh words, unspecified United Nations proclamations, and sanctions against three individuals in the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Using the doctrine of humanitarian responsibility, President Obama launched an attack against Libya, which has little bearing on American interests; yet, when asked if the same doctrine did not apply to Syria and its oppressed peoples, Secretary Clinton chuckled and claimed it was not at all the same. What is certainly not the same is the amount of media attention, an overwhelming blitz from Libya while information out of Syria is limited to official State propaganda, and surreptitious videos and commentary from the protesters.
|Crawling for safety...|
|Tanks roll into Daraa...|
|Kicking the fallen...|
A sympathizing element for "Mr President Dr Bashar al-Assad" comes from such websites as cflit.net, which, as far as I've been able to discover, is hosted by the Server Central Network at IP: 220.127.116.11, located just outside Chicago, Ill. The English-language version of the site is distinguished by misspellings, poor grammar and bad syntax. It presents pictures of government rallies, clips of television announcements, and images of mawkish support for "the great man of philosopher, technology and savior who loves all Syria people."
In addition to analyzing riot videos and pointing out people who appear time and again (or seem to since the quality of images is poor), the Syria media folk also present interviews with individuals who admit being in the pay of foreign governments, Zionists or Americans, or who claim to be criminals. These "gangsters" inform the Syrians how they attack police, soldiers and citizens at the command of their foreign masters.
Chief among the media devils indicted by Syria is the Al-Jazeera Network, a Qatar-based satellite news service broadcasting in both Arabic and English. Syria claims that Al-Jazeera reporters and cameramen have been expelled from the country for spreading lies and misinformation. Syrian pundits have also accused Al-Jazeera of conducting espionage and sabotage, and for importation of drugs. The poor-quality video above was shown to Syrians as proof that hallucinogenic drugs were smuggled into the country by Al-Jazeera for the purpose of poisoning citizens and overthrowing the government.