A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for a documentary to be made by Victor Lewis-Smith – a British film, television and radio producer. The documentary will critically examine a 2013 BBC report titled ‘Saving Syria’s Children’.

In the BBC report, we see teenage ‘victims’ of an alleged ‘napalm’ device dropped by a Syrian government aircraft on a schoolyard.

However, in one key scene, the teenagers present like extras in a zombie movie, not as genuine victims of an incendiary weapon, and a close scrutiny of the BBC report calls into question its truthfulness and ethicality.

If a BBC team fabricated the report with the purpose of escalating a US/UK-led war against Syria, how should we respond? Turn away or give attention, knowing such images have the potential to fuel war on a grand scale and cement hatreds and radicalise on a more personal one.

The crowdfunding campaign manager is a peace activist and journalist Robert Stuart, who has made an exhaustive study of ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ and information related to it. His
conclusions implicate the BBC in creating a false flag event and in cooperating with ISIS, among other anti-government armed groups, the BBC team encountered in Syria.

The ‘news’ that there had been an aerial incendiary attack on a schoolyard was the first broadcast on BBC’s ten o’clock news, 29 August 2013, when British MPs were voting whether the UK should support the United States in launching military strikes against Syria.

The news report may have been too late to influence MPs; however, if the government’s motion for military strikes against Syria had passed, the BBC report could have been presented to the public as justification for ongoing military action against ‘a regime that bombs school children with napalm’. As it was, British MPs voted 285 to 272 against military strikes.

For the US and UK governments and most mainstream commentators, the ‘sarin’ attack is the lynchpin of the war.

There had been enormous pressure on the MPs to vote for military strikes because eight days before the vote, there had been an alleged sarin attack in Ghouta, Damascus, which purportedly claimed over 1,400 lives, many of them children. The alleged chemical weapons attack in Ghouta was said to have crossed President Obama’s ‘red line’.

For the US and UK governments and most mainstream commentators, the ‘sarin’ attack is the lynchpin of the war.

It bolsters claims that President Assad uses chemical weapons against his own people and, for many people, is seen to justify both military action against the Syrian government and crippling US-led sanctions that continue to cause untold suffering to millions of people in Syria.

However, eminent US scientists and award-winning journalists have raised doubts about the Syrian Arab Army’s being responsible for this attack. Please refer to articles on the subject by investigative journalist the late Robert Parry, as well as a report by Professor Ted Postol and former UN weapons inspector Richard Lloyd.

Furthermore, after spending six months viewing videos and images of the ‘victims’ of the alleged attack, the late US pharmacologist/lawyer Dr Denis O’Brien concluded there had been no sarin poisoning, but rather a macabre massacre of children and adults by other means, their bodies becoming props in a staged set-up.

Comments about the Ghouta attack by former top intelligence officials in President Obama’s administration indicate that there is dissension even in the ranks of US intelligence agencies on the question of culpability.

If the evidence points to both the alleged ‘sarin’ attack on 21 August 2013 and the ‘napalm’ attack reported by the BBC on 29 August 2013 being false flag events i

Image by S.Dirgham: Damascus, 2004

ntended to provoke US/UK-led military strikes against the Syrian government, how should we respond?

Historical records show this is not the first time US and UK administrations have attempted covert ‘regime change’ in Syria. It raises the question as to whether Syrians and their country have been targeted this past eight years in a dirty war for the maintenance of our relatively affluent lifestyle.

Accepting some tough truths might better equip us to work in a more honest, united and hopeful way.

The war in Syria is often described as a proxy war. The backdrop to it is a world war, which Pope Francis sees as an “organised” “war of interests”. He declared this in 2016 after the murder of a priest by an Islamist extremist in a Normandy church.

Pope Francis was emphatic that the killing of the priest did not mark a religious war. He said, “The world is at war because it has lost peace….There is a war for money. There is a war for natural resources. There is a war for the domination of peoples”.

A weapon critical to this war is information. As a US military intelligence officer assured readers of an Army War College Quarterly, there are ‘information masters and information victims’. ‘Hatred, jealousy, and greed – emotions….will set the terms of [information warfare] struggles”.

Claims about ‘Assad’s chemical attacks’ and images of their ‘victims’ disorientate millions of people in the West who would normally march in the streets against war, hopeful their voices have power.

Supporting the crowdfunding campaign does not mark us as ‘Assad apologists’. Rather, it should be seen as reflecting our commitment to the truth, to peace rather than war, and so to the exposure of lies that can potentially fuel catastrophic wars and mainstream murderous hatred of the ‘other’.

Accepting some tough truths might better equip us to work in a more honest, united and hopeful way.

Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.…we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.

– Martin Luther King, 4 April 1967, ‘Beyond Vietnam’ –

The crowdfunding campaign’s target is £70,000 to be reached by the first week of June 2019. For more information about the campaign, go to ‘Saving Syria’s Children: Did the BBC lie?’

– Susan Dirgham, Editor of ‘Beloved Syria – Considering Syrian Perspectives’

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