By Lizzie Phelan
July 20, 2012
In the second video, the commentator says many of the insurgents who have been shot dead are not of Syrian origin. As we know in the course of the “Arab Spring” [clean], the NATO powers have successfully changed the Arab people’s enemy from Israel, to so-called “autocratic regimes” with Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in the spotlight – which is no coincidence considering that they also happened to lead the last remaining secular, anti-imperialist and socialist oriented governments in the region.
Two things stand out to me immediately from these videos:
1. The insurgents have fallen into the trap of doing the fighting for the white man so that they die instead of him. If these were pictures of white soldiers shot dead by the Syrian army, I am sure the world would be a lot more concerned about stopping this war.
Dan Glazebrook’s article in the Guardian here gives a good analysis about the west’s strategy of using “local” proxies instead of western soldiers in order to minimise their own public’s opposition to their wars.
2. Compare these images of bodies shot dead to the images of massacres committed at the hands of the insurgents across Libya and Syria, where bodies are mutilated and have clearly undergone extreme torture. Their methods of killing go hand in hand with their war strategy of terrorising communities that do not support them into submitting to them.