Countering Syria's Liberating Struggle
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Whenever Syrian forces make significant advances in liberating areas controlled by US supported jihadists, establishment media counterattack with state-approved propaganda.
Reports read like US/Western press releases, sticking to the official narrative, hard truths about years of US aggression ignored, Syria/Russia bashing featured as more cities, towns, and villages are liberated from the scourge of US-supported jihadists.
Hollywood is involved, studio bosses colluding in glorifying US wars and demonizing its enemies.
In propaganda films, Washington has final say on content, wanting its agenda promoted.
History is reinvented, villains portrayed as heroes. Supporting America's imperial agenda overrides truth-telling.
At Hollywood's 89th Academy Awards, The White Helmets propaganda film was honored as best documentary short – al-Qaeda-connected terrorists portrayed as heroic.
On Sunday at the 92nd Academy Awards, will best documentary nominee For Sama be awarded an Oscar in support of the US war machine.
Win or lose it won by promotion surrounding its nomination.
A promo for the film calls it "(a)n intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war, a love letter from a young mother to her daughter…while cataclysmic war rises around her…captur(ing) stories of loss…and survival."
Ignored are years of US aggression, Obama/Trump regimes' support for ISIS and other jihadists, Pentagon terror-bombing massacring tens of thousands, US responsibility for the gravest refugee crisis since WW II, and raging forever war, aiming to transform Syria into a US vassal state.
British Independent Film Awards named For Sama the year's best documentary. So did the Cannes Film Festival. Is Hollywood next?
For movie moguls, annual Academy awards are all about film promotion for profits, unrelated to the industry's best.
When called on by the Pentagon and/or CIA, Hollywood produces films that portray hostile US actions as liberating struggles and democracy promotion — victims falsely blamed for high crimes committed against them.
Establishment media do most pro-war heavy lifting, featuring all propaganda all the time about Washington's imperial agenda, supporting what demands condemnation.
Ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards spectacle, the NYT featured a propaganda op-ed by Waad al-Kateab, For Sama's co-director.
She falsely portrayed liberating efforts by Syrian and Russian forces as high crimes — committed by the US and its jihadist proxies left unexplained.
Focusing on the ongoing Idlib province campaign, she claimed "the world…abandoned the Syrian people."
It's clearly true about the Western world and their regional imperial allies.
Falsely calling Idlib a "sanctuary" for millions of Syrians, she ignored their captivity as human shields by US/Turkish supported jihadists.
She said nothing about scores of daily attacks by their fighters against government forces and residential areas.
She falsely called al-Qaeda-connected White Helmets "civil defense" workers.
She lied accusing Syrian and Russian forces of massacres, ignoring jihadists' responsibility for what's gone on throughout the war — along with Pentagon-led terror-bombing of cities, towns, villages, and vital infrastructure.
Kateab's propaganda film is supported by US officials, Hollywood, and establishment media, notably the NYT.
Instead of truth-telling about US aggression, it features anti-Syria/anti-Russia propaganda.
Will Hollywood dishonor itself again like countless times before by honoring For Sama propaganda as best documentary this year?
The film isn't worth the celluloid it's produced on for suppressing what's most important to explain.
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