Four in Five Syrians Say Islamic State Is a US Creature, Poll Says

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Would be an alternative and rather more relevant headline versus “One in five Syrians say Islamic State is a good thing, poll says,” [a Washington Post report], which is meant to shock the nativist ill-informed and divert the conversation from the US’ uncompromising and ruinous drive for regime change to the politically safer (for an American audience) topic of the European immigration crisis.

But hey, credit where credit’s due: At least WaPo reported this, which is more than you can say of the rest of the MSM.

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Here are the main highlights from this poll, which impressively managed to cover all 14 governates including those held by the Islamic State (PDF):

  • Only 21% of Syrians prefer life now compared to life under Assad’s full control several years ago.
  • 82% say ISIS was created by the US and allies.
  • Though 71% of respondents in territories under ISIS control say they support ISIS – surprising it’s not higher, given their… reputation – some 62% of them also agree that ISIS was created by the US and its allies.
  • Assad (47%) and Iran (43%) are more popular than the Arab Gulf countries (37%), al-Nusra (35%), the FSA (35%), “Syrian Opposition Candidate” (26%), and the Islamic State (21%). Reminder that this is in a majority Sunni country that is being “oppressed” by Shi’ite Alawites.

Overall, pretty depressing reading for those who bought into the US neocon/Likudnik regime change narrative on Syria on moral or political legitimacy reasons. […]

Read in full Four in Five Syrians Say Islamic State Is a US Creature, Poll Says at The Unz Review

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[…] The British polling organization ORB International, an affiliate of WIN/Gallup International, repeatedly finds in Syria that, throughout the country, Syrians oppose ISIS by about 80%, and (in the latest such poll) also finds that 82% of Syrians blame the U.S. for ISIS. (NB. This poll was reported on this site here.) […]

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Pete Gee (@petegee1)
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A poll in Syria ? Utter bullshit. Supporters of Putin’s imperial aggression will believe and promote anything. If Assad had anything like the support claimed his war on civilians would have ended well before now.

Mark Chapman (@MarkCha40189515)
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The most reliable report on what is actually going on in Syria, or was nearer the beginning of the conflict, was the report of the Observer Mission of the Arab League. http://www.columbia.edu/~hauben/Report_of_Arab_League_Observer_Mission.pdf The west largely ignored it, and the reason for that is easy to divine – it largely backs Assad’s version of events, and reports that “attacks” by Syrian forces against peaceful civilians are fabricated. Here’s an example: “The Mission noted that many parties falsely reported that explosions or violence had occurred in several locations. When the observers went to those locations, they found that those reports were unfounded.… Read more »

Eric_B
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Eric_B

I tend to look at it the other way round. If the ‘moderate rebels’ had significant support and numbers their revolution would have succeeded years ago.

Orion
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Orion

You don’t know very much about the war in Syria do you Pete Gee?

falcemartello
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Noble donky join the club remember when blogging , instead of stating a fact use terms like one has heard or some might say. When dealing with anything to do with Isreal especially. The Russians entering the frey had totally exposed the US and its GCC plan from the beginning. Its all about regime change started in Yugoslavia the want to balkanize the whole area including the middle east and expand Nato. Putin and Iran along with China are all in the way. So the west are soar losers. Daesh is a proxy just like the Kosovars were in Yugoslavia… Read more »

ragheadthefiendlyterrorist
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I’m pretty sure this will be buried by the so-called media so deep nobody will remember it in a week. The DIA report on America supporting jihadis in 2012 and the MIT report that proved Assad could not have gassed Ghouta both might as well not have existed as far as the Nude Yuck Times and the Guardistanisn are concerned.

Noble Donkey
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I just posted this at the Guardian (where I’m currently under pre-moderation).