Americans have almost no real information about what is going on in Syria, and much of the blame for this lies with US mainstream media, award-winning US author and foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer stresses.
"Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press," Kinzer writes in his article for The Boston Globe.
Incredible as it may seem, the American mainstream media is reporting quite the opposite of what is really happening on the ground.
To illustrate his statement Kinzer refers to the Aleppo takeover.
"Many news reports suggest that Aleppo has been a 'liberated zone' for three years but is now being pulled back into misery," the journalist notes.
But the stark reality is that the city has been run by violent Islamist militias, including al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and Daesh fighters backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia. They terrorized the locals, destroyed factories and smuggled the stolen machinery to Turkey.
US bombs hospital in Kunduz: "We'll investigate!/Terrible mistake!"— Danielle Ryan (@DanielleRyanJ) 16 февраля 2016
Russia (allegedly) bombs hospital in Syria: "Those barbaric Russians!"
In light of this the Russo-Syrian offensive was regarded as the only hope by the civilians.
Kinzer quotes Beirut-based analyst Marwa Osma who posed the rhetorical question: "The Syrian Arab Army, which is led by President Bashar Assad, is the only force on the ground, along with their allies, who are fighting ISIS [Daesh] — so you want to weaken the only system that is fighting ISIS?"
What is a "mainstream rebel"…? pic.twitter.com/MpKUrgs25y— Danielle Ryan (@DanielleRyanJ) 17 февраля 2016
Meanwhile, Washington-based journalists are convincing the US public that al-Nusra, is comprised of "rebels" or "moderates," remaining mute that the infamous group is the local al-Qaeda franchise.
US asked Russia to stop bombing Al-Qaeda, because the "moderate" rebels are among them. pic.twitter.com/VDsASJkhA6— Danielle Ryan (@DanielleRyanJ) 21 февраля 2016
Much in the same vein, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are being described. The US media turn a blind eye to the fact that Riyadh and Ankara have been arming and funding foreign jihadists in Syria. The story of Turkey's suppression of Kurds also remains largely untold.
In contrast, "everything Russia and Iran do in Syria is described as negative and destabilizing, simply because it is they who are doing it — and because that is the official line in Washington," Kinzer stresses.
The West has long manipulated jihadists for Western aims: Britain w/ Saud; US w/ Mujahideen; CIA, Saudi, Qatar w/ anti-Syria jihadists.— Jeffrey D. Sachs (@JeffDSachs) 20 февраля 2016
According to Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton University, the US influential party of war and its counterparts in NATO are fanning the flames in order to get rid of Bashar al-Assad.
The academic believes that there is actually a plan for invasion of Syria by Turkish-Saudi forces. The question remains open whether or not Washington policymakers will authorize the ground military campaign.
The Saudis and Turks are going to Syria to combat ISIS and of course by ISIS they mean Kurds and Assad.— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) 13 февраля 2016
Washington wants to maintain "leadership" in the Middle Eastern region. In this context the success of the Russo-Syrian military campaign obviously contradicts the US war party's agenda.
"Politicians may be forgiven for distorting their past actions. Governments may also be excused for promoting whatever narrative they believe best suits them. Journalism, however, is supposed to remain apart from the power elite and its inbred mendacity," Kinzer believes.