Only In The World Of American Media Is Syria A Civil War

Syria PeaceBy Brandon Turbeville

To the vast majority of Americans, the Syrian crisis (as well as the state of affairs in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, etc.) is merely a distant blip on a cluttered radar screen. Competing with issues affecting an individual’s daily life like wages, taxes, and free trade, that small portion of the American population who hasn’t completely zoned out of the political and current-events sphere is increasingly overtaken with the necessities of survival. Those who are able to devote enough time to the Syrian crisis are confronted with an unprecedented onslaught of propaganda demonizing the Syrian government and the Syrian president as “killing his own people,” “brutal,” and “genocidal.” The Syrian people are also victims of the propaganda war as being obsessed with religion, divided, and opposed to their government.

As they are presented by the U.S. media, the Syrian people, like most other people across the world are completely dehumanized. In American media, Syrians are not human. They are numbers. 100 died today. 86 died the day before. Syrians are not mothers or sons. They are not fathers or little children, grandparents. They are blips on a screen and data in a spreadsheet. At least, this is how they are presented to an increasingly hardened American public, a nation that is becoming more and more desensitized to death, destruction, and degradation both at home and abroad.

Having recently concluded a trip to the Middle East, I can safely say that the claims made by Western media are the opposite of the truth.

While my visit centered in Lebanon, we had frequent opportunities to talk with ordinary Syrian citizens either visiting Lebanon or fleeing the ravages of the war in their home country. Indeed, Syrians and Syrian refugees were plentiful in Beirut and many would openly speak about the horrors visited upon them by the West’s proxy war and their trials outside Syria.

What is so important about the fact that these Syrians were being interviewed in Lebanon is the unique benefit of talking with someone not living in their home country because one knows with relative certainty that the person speaking has nothing to lose or gain by giving a false perception of the government. After all, one of the frequent accusations leveled by the Western media is that, whenever one speaks to a Syrian actually living in Syria is that they are handicapped by that person’s fear of retribution from the Syrian government. According to this train of thought, if a man criticized Assad in Syria, he might be subject to arrest and then, of course, torture, execution, and “barrel bombs.”

But that is not the case in Lebanon. In Lebanon, even the most vocal anti-Assad Syrian can speak his mind and be safely out of Assad’s reach. Indeed, even out of ear shot by the Syrian government. A Syrian in Lebanon can speak his piece and do so safely in the knowledge that the alleged “brutal dictator” cannot reach him.

That being said, out of all the Syrians I met and spoke to – refugees and visitors, Muslim and Christian, male and female – not one of them supported the “rebels” and all of them – 100% – fully supported their government and Bashar al-Assad. These individuals had nothing but hate for the terrorists and nothing but love for Assad and the Syrian government.

This point needs to be stressed. These individuals were not under threat of a tyrant ready to arrest them if they spoke out against him. They were free of Assad. They could spit on his portrait if they wanted and there is nothing the Syrian government can do to them. Instead, they expressed an incredible amount of pride in their country, their government, and their President.

So, with that in mind, if Assad and the Syrian government are “barrel bombing” their own citizens, committing genocide against the Syrian people, and killing civilians indiscriminately, and if Syrians are free to speak their mind about Assad in Lebanon, why couldn’t I find one Syrian who wanted Assad to “step down” or for terrorists to bring them the “freedom and democracy” the West keeps yapping on about? Perhaps I was looking in the wrong places or perhaps the information coming from Western governments and their media mouthpieces are simply propaganda. Personally, I’ll put my money on the latter.

One striking aspect of Beirut in the context of the Syrian crisis is that one does not necessarily have to seek out the Syrians in order to speak to them. If one only wears a necklace, t-shirt, or bracelet with the Syrian flag, they will come to you. Any indication of solidarity with their country, especially exhibited by a Westerner (even better, an American) and a man who speaks only one word of English will stop whatever he is doing so that he can have a conversation with the foreigner, even if that conversation is done by body language, hand gestures, broken English, interpreters, or Google Translate alone.

Others more skilled in the English language are willing to have long discussions about their experiences, their support for the government, and their hatred for the terrorists infecting their country. They would tell tales of watching people they knew killed in front of them and having lost family or very close friends at the hands of America’s “moderates.” Indeed, in Syria, as well as in the diaspora of the last 5 years, it seems impossible to speak with a single Syrian who has not lost someone close to them.

The sheer magnitude of the crisis is unimaginable in scale, much in the way that the horrors inflicted upon the Syrian people by America’s democracy loving cannibals are beyond the comprehension of most Western audiences. But despite all the bloodshed, loss, and terror perpetrated on Syria by the United States, the Syrian spirit remains and the Syrian people remain some of the kindest, friendliest, and most hospitable people on the face of the earth.

In addition, Syrians remain a seemingly highly informed audience despite the fact that their country has been crippled by warfare for the past five years and that they themselves have been turned into refugees. Knowledge not only of their own situation, but about the players behind it and the developments taking place in Europe and America is common and, while American audiences watch the 24 hours news cycle in utter befuddlement as to the events taking place in Syria, Syrians are profoundly aware of just who is responsible for the crisis their country is facing.

While Americans chalk the crisis up to the “they have been fighting for thousands of years” line or accept the propaganda that Syria is facing a civil war, Syrians know that what they are facing is a proxy war against their government, against their very way of life, and against Russia. Syrians are fully aware of the fact that the terrorists beheading their way across the country are funded by Saudi Arabia, facilitated by Turkey and Israel, and trained by the United States. They are fully aware that there are no “moderates” fighting against the Syrian government and that the United States is responsible for creating the ISIS terror organization it is claiming to fight.

All of this may come as a surprise to Americans but, in Syria, it is well known.

With that in mind, it is an extraordinary thing that Syrians can welcome foreigners visiting their country with such patience and forgiveness. It is truly amazing that Syrian refugees struggling to survive in a foreign country is willing to sit with a citizen of the very country that destroyed his home and killed his family members, smoke hookah with him, and discuss his homeland. It is an unbelievable act of understanding and forgiveness for a man not to judge an American as the enemy and to separate the American people from their government. I was personally struck by the genuine kindness shown to me by people who have been given every legitimate reason to do otherwise.

What the United States is doing to Syria is truly shameful and immoral but, despite the horrors the U.S. and NATO countries have visited upon Syria, the people have refused to give in.

As Mark Twain said,

Damascus has seen all that has ever occurred on earth, and still she lives. She has looked upon the dry bones of a thousand empires, and will see the tombs of a thousand more before she dies.

Judging by the people I met, I am inclined to agree with him.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 850 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

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17 Comments on "Only In The World Of American Media Is Syria A Civil War"

  1. Lying journalist are the absolute worst people ever.

    • Correction…!….lying media are SECOND worst people ever….they are well behind POLITICIANS who lie only when their lips move…

    • I think that they are mostly clueless morons. That’s the only way they get jobs these days straight out of journalism school. Naivety and subservience are characteristics that are called for if you want a media job.

      • Yea, just the same characteristics as required to be a police officer minus the violent sadistic disposition.

      • freewheelinfranklin543 | October 15, 2016 at 10:25 am | Reply

        The MSM journalists are aiders and abetters of aggressive war which of course is illegal.
        The MSM are WAR CRIMINALS! They are The essential component to get wars started with their lies.

  2. Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth. Several years ago, when the minaret of the Omayyad mosque was destroyed, American press blamed Assad, which is like saying “Greeks blew up the Parthenon (which was a Christian church for more years than it was a pagan temple) just to spite the govt.”

    When ancient Christian shrines in Aleppo were destroyed by the West and it’s overlords, no one lodged a bit of protest.

    These same forces obliterated the relics of the ancient Palmyrian Empire, which like the Byzantine Empire has all but disappeared form history books.

    The great people of Syria, who have lived in peace unless attacked by a certain expansionist neighbor which has stolen part of their land and water, and now their oil and gas, have no degenerated to the state of people in the West.

    While Americans live in poverty, they are without a Rothschild central bank and when they save their money, they get 11% interest on it, not taxes. Education is free, even medical school. Food is subsidized–no GMOs either. Family and hospitality is important; the elderly are respected and cared for, not shut in away Gulags as in the USA. The Syrian govt has no debt to the IMF or the FED. Have you checked the US debt lately?

    Who benefits from this situation?

    • Bookoodinkydow | October 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm | Reply

      George Soros.

    • freewheelinfranklin543 | October 15, 2016 at 10:21 am | Reply

      I tried to tell one of my fellow idiots about the death and destruction in Syria that we as Americans were paying for with our taxes. He told me Putin was killing children. I raised up and let him know in front of customers that we had murdered half a million Syrians so we could put in a pipeline. This kid turned beet red and was so mad he was shaking. He wanted to hit me and good thing he didn’t. I rarely run into a fool like that anymore. Most everybody else I talk to listens. Many express horror with Uncle Scam for even considering a war with Russia. They don’t know how close they are though.

  3. In 2011, president Assad of Syria was approached about running the Qatari pipeline through Syria. He had the audacity to say no! At his moment, he was a problem and was interfering with PROFITS and those who stood to lose money because of his refusal, demanded his removal and or death! SEE HILLARY CLINTON!
    Under Hillary et al, they CONSPIRED to remove him by FORCE, which under US law IS A CRIME, under international law it’s a crime against the laws of nations, in practice, it’s a crime against HUMANITY!

  4. real syrian in exile | October 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm | Reply

    Brandon Turbeville is correct in one sense–the American reporting is dishonest. He seems oblivious to the fact that the Syrian people view the Lebanese government as a puppet of Assad. Syrian Mukhaberat can be found in every town in Lebanon. No one would strongly state a criticism of Assad unless they were beyond caring about their own fate. I can assure you that NONE of my friends, family, neighbors–or the hundred or so refugees in our city (whom we assist with virtually every aspect of life) “loves” Assad. No one recognizes ANY element of fighters as heroes. Our family is a religious and ethnic minority, that grew up in a mixed neighborhood of Aleppo, where everyone got along. Most of our friends are Arab Muslims, though none of us defines ourselves by religion or ethnicity–except to share recipes that are specialties of our individual groups. We all visit one another, and bring gifts or food at our friends’ holy days. Our family home was bombed by the government; our family was saved by the Free Army evacuating our neighborhood–moments before the bombs dropped. Not long after, my brother-in-law was kidnapped and held for ransom for 80 days by a small rebel group. They settled for a smaller (nominal) ransom, and he was released. There are no good guys. MOST Syrians in exile feel the same way. Don’t fool yourself or lie to others. The Syrian people want freedom from a despotic regime, but fear replacing one dictator with another.

    • So you would prefer the head choppers to Assad’s government?
      This war would have been over long ago if it was not for the foreign backers of the US, Saudia Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and Israel.
      You obviously dont approve of Assad so who is your preferred ruler?

      • Assad may not be a saint. It is up to the Syrians to vote him out if you do not like him. As it turns out, the majority of Syrians support their president

    • freewheelinfranklin543 | October 15, 2016 at 10:27 am | Reply

      You are a 100% US GOV troll. You are now complicit in mass murder and warcrimes!.

  5. vipulawickramatunge | October 14, 2016 at 7:46 pm | Reply

    When I read this article tears come to my eyes.So compassionately written.May you have peace & happiness soon.

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