Why Is the Truth on Syria Difficult To Decipher?

“The United States has the power to decree the death of nations,” wrote Stephen
Kinzer in the Boston Globe.

Kinzer’s article was entitled: “The
media are misleading the public on Syria
.” In his piece, the scholar at
a Brown University Institute contested that his country’s media misinformation
on Syria is leading to the kind of ignorance which is enabling the American
government to pursue any policy, however imprudent, in the war-torn Arab country.

The US government can “decree the death of nations” with “popular support because
many Americans – and many journalists – are content with the official story,”
he wrote.

Kinzer, in principle makes a strong point. His article, however, was particularly
popular among those who sees the Syrian
government entirely innocent
of any culpability in the ongoing war, and
that Iran and Russia are at no fault whatsoever; better yet, their intervention
in Syria is entirely morally-guided and altruistic.

That said, Kinzer’s assertion regarding the US government’s dangerous meddling
in Syria’s affairs, renewed Cold War with Russia and ill-defined military mission
in that country, is all true.

Neither is the US, nor its western and other allies, following rules of war
nor adhering to a particularly noble set of principles aimed at ending that
most devastating war, which has
killed well over 300,000 people
, rendered millions displaced and destroyed
the country’s wealth and infrastructure.

So what is the truth on Syria?

In the last five and a half years, since a regional uprising turned into an
armed rebellion – turned into civil, regional and international war – “the truth
on Syria”, has been segmented into many self-tailored “truths,” each promoted
by one of the warring party to be the one and only, absolute and uncontested
reality. But since there are many parties to the conflict, the versions of the
“truth” communicated to us via copious media, are numerous and, most often,


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