Analysts: alternatives to MSM narrative

Most people realise the value of researching beyond the narrative of the mainstream media, but this is difficult to do in regard to Syria when there is so much clutter on the internet of articles from the mainstream presenting the same basic story: the Syrian president and army are killing and torturing thousands of innocent people.

Serious experts who challenge this are represented on this blog as well as on the extensive reference lists on http://australiansforsyria.wordpress.com .

Do a search of the following names, for example, and you will find articles or interviews which offer alternative analyses.

Alastair Crooke

Jeremy Salt

Sharmine Narwani

John Bradley

John Rosenthal

Seumas Milne

Michel Chossudovsky

Below is a very small selection of articles by some of the above analysts after a simple search with their name and “syria” in the search box.

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ASIA TIMES

Syria: Straining credulity?
By Alastair Crooke  March 9, 2012The UN Secretary General was reported on March 3 saying that he had received “grisly reports” that Syrian government forces were arbitrarily executing, imprisoning and torturing people in Homs after retaking control of the Baba Amr district from insurgents. Did he really believe this; or was he just “saying it”?”One of the defining bifurcations of the future will be the conflict between information masters and information victims” the US officer assigned to the Deputy Chief of Staff (Intelligence), charged with defining the future of warfare, wrote in the US Army War College Quarterly in 1997.

“But fear not”, he writes later in the article, for “we are already masters of information warfare … Hollywood is ‘preparing the battlefield’ … Information destroys traditional jobs and traditional cultures; it seduces, betrays, yet remains invulnerable. How can

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NC09Ak03.html

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The Guardian

In Syria, foreign intervention will only shed more blood

by SEUMAS MILNE 5 June
The US and its Gulf allies are already fuelling sectarian conflict in their proxy war with Iran. The fallout could be disastrous
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MAIL ONLINE

Yes, Syria is a tragedy but it would be madness for Britain to intervene

By JOHN BRADLEY

The expressions of outrage over Houla and the consequent threats of military action all feed into the conventional Western narrative of the Syrian crisis whereby Assad is portrayed as a bloodthirsty tyrant and the rebels as heroic freedom-fighters trying to liberate the Syrian people from oppression.

It is a picture that has been sedulously cultivated by the anti-Assad opposition, who are masters of manipulative propaganda aimed at gullible Western politicians, broadcasters and protest groups.

But the truth about the violence in Syria is far more complex than Assad’s enemies would have us believe.

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ABC RN Breakfast Monday 11 June
ANALYSING THE SYRIAN SITUATION (Radio Interview with PATRICK SEALE)
The conflict in Syria shows no signs of easing, with reports this week that at least 14,000 people have been killed since the start of the revolt against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The presence of 300 UN peacekeepers appears to have made little difference and British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the Syrian situation resembles Bosnia in the 1990s.
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PRESS TV
US against UN mission in Syria
INTERVIEW WITH SHARMINE NARWANI, 17 June


A political analyst says removing UN forces from Syria is in line with the Middle East policy of the United States and its allies that seek a regime change in the country.

 

“If you look at larger picture, there are members of the Security Council who from the start have not been interested in this UN observer mission primarily because it is a fact-finding mission,” Sharmine Narwani, writer and political analyst said in a phone interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Saturday.

 

The facts on the ground show very active armed opposition groups and high level of political violence initiated by them not only against the Syrian armed forces but also against civilians, she said.

 

Highlighting the role Washington has been playing to destabilize Damascus she added: “The United States has been on the fore font of demanding regime change in Syria and has engaged in activities to that end.”

 

“We see in various reports … that Washington is helping the Syrian rebels outside of deploying arms but that threat always exists and frankly is not as important as the coordination of efforts to allow arms to get to the rebels,” Narwani said alluding to U.S. acknowledgment of its efforts to help Syrian armed opposition groups receive weapons provided by some of the regional Arab states.

 

“To remove the UN and the eyes on the ground and boots on the ground and fact-finding eyes from Syria has always been imperative for I think the United States, France, the UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” she concluded.  

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OCTOBER 17 2012  COUNTER PUNCH 
23 Reasons Why We Should be Careful About Uncritically Accepting Western Views of the Syrian Insurrection

Truth and Falsehood in Syria

by JEREMY SALT

 http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/17/truth-and-falsehood-in-syria/


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The US-NATO Military Crusade on Syria and Iran

Selected Articles

Michel Chossudovsky (Editor)

Global Research News and Analysis

June 27, 2012


American-led imperialism has evolved from bloody bouts of episodic militarism over several decades to the present day state of permanent belligerence, with wars or war-making stretching from North and East Africa into the Middle East and Central Asia and beyond to Eurasia, the Far East and the Arctic. Of most immediate concern are the ongoing American-led war plans within the broader Middle East/Central Asian region involving coordinated actions against Iran, Syria and Pakistan.

We are living in an era hallmarked by “The Globalization of War” conducted by the very states that proclaim to be defenders of democratic rights and international law.

The chief protagonist of this globalized war is the United States of America. The US, along with its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Britain, France, Canada and Germany among others, as well as an array of proxies – such as the Persian Gulf Arab states – is now emboldened to strike militarily in any region of the world.

War preparations to attack Syria and Iran have been in “an advanced state of readiness” for several years.

US, NATO and Israeli military planners have outlined the contours of a “humanitarian” military campaign, in which Turkey (the second largest military force inside NATO) would play a central role.

We are at dangerous crossroads. Were a US-NATO military operation to be launched against Syria or Iran, the broader Middle East Central Asian region extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with China would be engulfed in the turmoil of an extended regional war.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31626


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