Eva Bartlett, independent Canadian journalist, gives a hard-hitting interview to Press TV, constrasting events she has herself witnessed with the biased narratives broadcast by the likes of the BBC, the Guardian and Channel 4.
Drawing on her first-hand knowledge and experience, and her discussions and interviews with civilians on the ground all over Syria, Eva points out that Britain’s so-called ‘mainstream’, ‘unbiased’ and ‘objective’ media knowingly and crimimally give a totally false impression of the war in Syria – as indeed in many other countries.
The war in Syria is not a civil war. President Assad is not a brutal dictator, but a popular and democratically elected leader and head of state. The ‘freedom fighters’ and ‘moderate rebels’ of whom we hear so frequently in our news media are no such thing. Rather, they are imperialist-sponsored stooges and jihadi terrorists (IS/Daesh, al-Nusra, al-Queda, etc), funded, resourced and supported by the US, Britain, Nato, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
The imperialists’ agenda and that of their regional stooges is not ‘democratising Syria’ (can Saudi Arabia set itself the agenda of ‘democratising’ any other nation until it first sets its own feudal-autocratic house in order?) but destabilising and dismembering Syria. Their aim is regime change – hence the incessant mantra that ‘Assad must go!’
Their ultimate goal is simply that of being able to monopolise access to the mineral resources of the country and of the wider middle east – the same goal that has motivated the occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and led to countless other wars in the middle east and north Africa, including, most recently, the near total destruction of sovereign nations like Iraq and Libya.
The corporate imperialist media frequently rely on and promote unverifiable or easily discredited sources, overtly use biased terrorist/jihadi sources, and actively and consciously generate war propaganda to suit the interests of the imperial warmongers (‘neocons’ or ‘hawks’ as they are euphemistically dubbed at present).
Eva’s crucial evidence is part of a brave and principled fightback by a handful of honest reporters and investigators who are prepared to stand up to the corporate media machine; who value the truth more highly than their careers, and whose only aim is to help disseminate that truth.
In doing so, they are blowing a hole through the imperialist narrative that prepares the British people to accept these criminal wars, and are thus laying the basis for a real anti-war movement.
This interview with Press TV was given at the end of ‘Imperialism on Trial’, a public anti-war meeting in London organised by the CPGB-ML on 31 January 2018, where she delivered a hard-hitting presentation exposing just a few of the many lies being pushed about the war in Syria.
The interview also contains an exposure of the way in which similar demonisation tactics are employed against the people and government of north Korea (the DPRK) in order to promote imperialism’s agenda of regime change against that country too.
Also on the platform was Joti Brar of the CPGB-ML, who used the example of what happened in Libya to explain what kind of anti-war movement would be worthy of the name, and capable of stopping the war juggernaut in its tracks.