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    'Hell' in Aleppo, 'Collateral Losses' in Mosul: Hypocrisy of Western Narrative

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    German expert in Arab studies, Michael Lüders has recently published an article revealing the hypocrisy of western mainstream media narrative in covering operations on the liberation of Aleppo and Mosul. Sputnik Deutschland observer Tilo Gräser commented on the revelations in Lüders' article.

    "Wars are told, no different than stories. The respective tales determine the image in our minds, our view of conflicts. We know or we believe to know who is guilty and who is not, who are the goodies and who are the baddies," Michael Lüders writes in his recent article The War in Syria and the Blind Spots of the Wes for political magazine Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik.

    In the case of Syria, he says, the prevailing point of view imposed by the mainstream media that the criminal Assad regime is waging war against its own people, supported by the no less unscrupulous rulers in Moscow and Tehran.

    Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition is often referred to as "moderate" or perceived as the "Syrian people desperately struggling for freedom."

    The author then cites as an example the recent liberation of the Syrian city of Aleppo when the mainstream media published emotionally penetrating pictures of wounded children to support the accusations of the Syrian authorities and the Syrian army.

    The other side to the conflict is rarely mentioned, even though it is known only too well that President Assad's enemies are the jihadists.

    After the liberation of Aleppo, however, the mainstream media has practically lost all interest in Syria and turned instead to the operation on the liberation of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

    "It is impossible not to notice the difference in coverage," he notes, despite the fact that  there could potentially also be numerous civilian casualties during the liberation.

    This, he says, clearly demonstrates how our perception of war is manipulated by the mass media. The mainstream media presented the 'fall' of Aleppo as an inferno, comparable to the downfall of Dresden during the Second World War. The main focus was on the human tragedy which replaced the political analysis. Any other approach would have meant that the average thinking person would have joined-the-dots – leading to questions about how the US could reasonably be acting jointly with al-Qaeda.

    None of this however happens with the coverage of the 'liberation' of Mosul.

    Lüders' argues that the main reason for the disparity in the coverage is that "if Mosul is liberated from Daesh (Islamic State) it will have a positive impact on the image of the West," as it will be liberated by the Iraqi army with the support of the US-led coalition, unlike Aleppo, which was liberated by the Syrian army with Russia's support. In this manner, the ongoing media frenzy regarding Russia is carefully maintained, despite mainstream outlets holding up banners of 'impartiality'.

    An Iraqi special forces soldier carries a woman injured during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters in Mosul, Iraq February 28, 2017
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    An Iraqi special forces soldier carries a woman injured during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters in Mosul, Iraq February 28, 2017

    Casualties within the civilian population are not as widely covered in the Mosul battle, despite deaths in both cities, the author says. And while it is presented as an indictment of a terrible regime in Aleppo, it is nothing more that "collateral damage" in Mosul.

    Readers and viewers of mainstream media are treated to cheering crowds, victorious Iraqi servicemen, dancing Christians returning to their homes in Mosul and surrounding villages. However, by the time Russian and Syrian servicemen entered Aleppo to the same scenes, the mainstream media reporting on the events had conveniently moved on.

    Commenting on the article, the Sputnik Deutschland observer noted that the Europeans, with the Germans above all, found themselves in the midst of a storm for which they are jointly responsible, because their politicians have tilted toward Washington's view on the conflicts and its obstinate urge: Assad must leave, instead of steadily defending their own positions.

    This is a price for the imperious ambitions of others, he states.

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      Darrell R
      The US maintains double huge standards when it comes to international policies. The hypocrisy that their MSM shows is not only obvious, but it just verifies that they are nothing more than a government propaganda platform hiding behind the name of free press. Objective journalism in the US mainstream is long gone.
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      jasin reply toDarrell R(Show commentHide comment)
      Darrell R, Exactly. I have begun referring to them as sinister. And a lot of it has been forced into Sputnik coverage. I don't blame Putin. He can't do too much right now because of other pressures. Less harm is done by just assuming that readers know what's going on.
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      Darrell Rin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, that is exactly what it is. I have been referring to the MSM rhetoric as sinister garbage. I suspect most readers on Sputnik know how to spot it though. I don't know how some of these people can look themselves in the mirror, because this has gotten so bad that it's an embarrassment to anyone from the US that uses their passport.
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