Did BBC team responsible for faked footage of Syrian chemical attack travel under terrorist protection?

Catte

Most of our readers are now more than familiar with the bizarre events surrounding the BBC Panorama program Saving Syria’s Children. We’ve already returned to this story several times. The possibility that this program presented faked footage of a non-existent chemical attack by government troops on a school in Syria has been meticulously documented by independent researcher Robert Stuart over several years.

But a further twist to the story seems to show that the crew who filmed this questionable footage were being escorted and protected during their sojourn in Syria, by members of a jihadist terrorist group affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and ISIS.

The evidence, on the face of it, seems damning.

Ten minutes, 18 seconds into the program (which can be seen here) the film crew record a car journey, with the two British doctors featured in the program, to “see what medical care is available for children closer to where the fighting is”. At one point the journalist Ian Pannell can be heard in voice over saying:

Western journalists have been targeted in Syria, so I have to travel with my own security. The doctors are able to be more low key and take their own vehicles.

As he speaks we see Pannell himself, presumably filmed by his cameraman Darren Conway, in a car, part of a convoy, accompanied by armed men. We also see the hood of one of the cars in the convoy several times and pretty clearly. It has a logo on it. This is it:


The inset on the right is the logo of Ahrar-al-Sham.

In case you’re wondering, this is the same Ahrar-al-Sham identified by a Human Rights Watch report in October 2013 as participants in the killing of women and children (see “You Can Still See Their Blood” – Executions, Indiscriminate Shootings, and Hostage Taking by Opposition Forces in Latakia Countryside.). The report details the slaughter of nearly 200 civilians “including 57 women and at least 18 children and 14 elderly men” by opposition forces including Ahrar al-Sham on August 4 2013.

It was just 19 days after this massacre – on August 23 – that Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway (now an OBE) apparently decided Ahrar-al-Sham were the go-to ’security’ guys for them. The documentary further shows Pannell, Conway and their chums being waved through ISIS road blocks without a hitch. This is the same ISIS who – allegedly – had declared war on all westerners and were prone to cutting off their heads (though in 2013 this hadn’t become the media meme it later became). Our boys are apparently welcome deep in ISIS territory, with no worries about repercussions.

This is probably explained by the fact Ahrar-al-Sham, according to Stanford University’s Mapping Militant Program, “worked with the Islamic State (IS) until January 2014″.

But maybe the contact with terrorists was fleeting and almost accidental? Well, below are two images that tell a story. The top one is a screencap from Saving Syria’s Children. The man outlined in red is the “Fixer/Translator” for the program, Mughira Al-Sharif, and he is shown driving Pannell’s convoy car (Pannell himself can be seen second from right next to the window in the back). Mughira is seen again in the bottom image in a photograph taken the same day and shared on Instagram. Also with him in this pic, and looking remarkably chummy, are two members of the Ahrar-al-Sham security detail who can be seen in Pannell’s car. Mughira described these men in his Instagram post as ‘friends’. That post was subsequently deleted.

(Above) Fixer/Translator Mughira Al-Sharif driving Ian Pannell’s convoy saloon car in Saving Syria’s Children. Pannell is second from right. (Below) Al Sharif poses with two of the Ahrar al-Sham men in an Instagram post of the same day, describing them as “friends”. The post was subsequently deleted.

Let’s be clear – these “friends’ of Mughira’s could well have taken part in the recent slaughter discussed above, and must, at very least, be assumed to support the mass murder of innocent people. And this man Mughira is employed by Pannell as his guide and helper in making their documentary.

Why are a supposedly distinguished and professional BBC journalist and his crew working with allies of ISIS? Why are they using them as their ‘security’? Why are they comfortable tooling round Syria in a car festooned with jihadist logos? Why did they end up producing a documentary using highly questionable footage to promote UK intervention against the elected government of Syria?

Did neither they nor their employers at the BBC realise what they were doing?

Or did they know and think it was just dandy?

When is the BBC – and Ian Pannell and Darren Conway(OBE) – going to answer these and the many other questions hanging over this program and their credibility?

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euhuguenin
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euhuguenin

Okay, so Assad has all but won the war in Syria, ISIS and Al Qaeda (supported by the US and Israel) are on the run, and we are expected to believe that Assad would attack a hospital full of children with poison gas, knowing that this would allow the US to re-invade his country?!?
You are some special kind of stupid if you believe that one!

Pat Mc Ginley
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The biggest problem for truth, facts and justice in the UK is the fact the majority accept still the absurd claim the UK state broadcaster BBC is unbiased even though BBC World Service – formerly named the BBC Empire Service – is now partially funded directly by the state. It’s impossible for any state broadcaster to be unbiased. Therefore, the compulsory BBC tv licence fee – based on the claim the BBC is unbiased – is criminal fraud i.e. demanding our money under false pretences. The BBC was caught faking videos on Syria 2013, using our money. The BBC used… Read more »

flaxgirl
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Nothing would surprise me from anyone. Of course, the BBC colludes in staging. In this highly-packaged interview with Dr Ibrar Majid, lead children’s orthopaedic surgeon at Manchester Hospital, he says, “What we saw was essentially war wounds so the kinds of wounds you would see on a battlefield.” http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-40125302/manchester-attack-lead-children-s-surgeon-angry But this is what we are shown: the Queen visiting children sporting bracelet-bandages in hospital beds not surrounded by any equipment and giving no signs whatsoever of suffering from “wounds from a battlefield”. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4541026/The-Queen-visits-Royal-Manchester-Children-s-Hospital.html. I have been donating to the UNHCR (UN refugee organisation) for a number of years. When the… Read more »

Marcus
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Marcus

Flaxgirl, this channel is well worth watching about Manchester

flaxgirl
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I hadn’t seen this video and just watched it now. What a classic! As UK CT points out, she tells the truth “I didn’t have any children,” she mentions the word “drill”, there’s the nonsense mixup between Premier Inn and Holiday Inn, there’s the easily verified bullshit about their anniversary dinner and there’s just the overall ludicrous scenario of a Pied Piper hero taking children off to a hotel in the first place and then it all being revealed that it was fake. An important piece of the puzzle that UK CT is unaware of and not factoring in is… Read more »

flaxgirl
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UK Critical Thinker! Yes, I have a link to his 1:15 hour film on my 10-point Occam’s Razor webpage on Manchester bombing – http://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/manchester-bombing.html

leruscino
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Reblogged this on leruscino.

Carrie
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Carrie

Speaking of fakery, on a scale of 1-10 how real is this woman’s story, and what is behind it? So many Hollywood sorts seem to be completely made up from the ground up. This is a phoney story, but what is it being promoted for?
https://www.rosemcgowan.com

BigB
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BigB

I don’t know anything about the person – so this no attack on persons living or dead – but the way she is being promoted is as a post-modern archetype …an “agent of change” (Nemesis) to deconstruct the “phallogocentric” world …and a “thought leader” to finally take down the ossified dominant patriarchal order. Again, I want to make perfectly clear, I am not referring to real persons or events (apart from the SJW libtards who actually believe this sort of stuff) – I’m referencing only the nuspeak psychobabble that is being used to promote her (myth-making) story. As it’s anti-Hollywood:… Read more »

mohandeer
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Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:
And we Brits actually pay a licence fee to the BBC to enable them to lie to us. I want my money back!

flaxgirl
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It’s outrageous, isn’t it? Tony Rooke went to court to defend not paying his licence fee claiming the BBC’s suppression of information on WTC-7 implicated them under Section 15 of Terrorism Act 2000 which states it’s an offence for someone to provide funds used for terrorism. He had to pay 200 pounds costs though … The judge said: ‘Even if I accept the evidence you say, this court has no power to create a defence in the manner which you put forward.’ Sentencing, Judge Nicholls said: ‘Mr Rooke puts the basis of his defence under Section 15 of the Terrorism… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

I see Dr Rola Hallam surfaced in India in November at the so called Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/htlsspeakersbio/dr-rola-hallam-medical-director-hand-in-hand-for-syria/story-e88oROTw6LXKe8BBO6qNwI.html
Along with Obomber and Naomi Campbell. The mind boggles.

Tony_0pmoc
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Tony_0pmoc

The BBC still has some honourable people of integrity working for it. I know some of them. What I don’t understand, is how they can carry on working, with some of these evil creeps, that are totally destroying The BBC’s reputation.
I think the people running this website are doing an excellent job. They ask serious questions, and want answers that make sense. They investigate and produce evidence and write about it. They give me the distinct impression of being professional journalists who walked away from the MSM, cos they could no longer cope with the stink.
Well done.
Tony

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

The BBC has been a lying shit-hole for the glorious West at least since Thatcher’s day. Today it is simply laughable in its pomposity, as well as Evil in its service to malign power.

truthaholics
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Reblogged this on | truthaholics.

Jere Broome
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Oh geez, another one of those tin foil hat fake news outlets. Tell me, funded by Russia’s mad Vlad? I hate it when I’m right.

BBRHUFT
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The author of this article contends that Panorama footage of a napalm or similar incendiary weapon attach on a school was faked using was child and teen actors. In one part of the footage, a severely burnt child is shaking from shock, the author of this article claims the child nods because he is an actor instructed by a director filming the faked footage. This is clearly preposterous. Especially, as the BBC visited the child recovering in hospital several weeks later. That is some dedication not to break character for so long /s
https://youtu.be/quoEYERYfQ0?t=113

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

You accept the ‘word’ of the BBC? How quaint.

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

The building shown in the Saving Syria’s Children video is not a school and Syrian schools were on vacation at the time of the alleged attack

cerumol
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BBC Complaints Director Colin Tregear attempted to address this when he wrote in 2014: “My understanding is that the vast majority of schools in Syria have shut down as a result of the ongoing conflict within the country. Many students have not been to school for many, many months. Some private schools have been set up and these are often run from any available premises. In this case I have been informed that the venue was a residential home hired by the headmaster and his colleagues, and they were holding summer courses at the time of the attack” https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/the-school/ These… Read more »

Thomas Peterson
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Thomas Peterson

The Syrian Airforce doesn’t use napalm.

Admin
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I understand that particular child’s alleged injuries have been discussed by a qualified doctor on Robert Stuart’s site and pronounced highly questionable. There are many reasons for uncontrollable shaking, cold and anxiety being two. We don’t contend all the footage is verifiably fake, we have simply reported the anomalies and the evidence that exists that strongly suggests some form of staging. In order to accept the footage as genuine these anomalies would have to be explained away. Your claim about dedication to character seems odd. The child was only required to be filmed in an alleged hospital for a few… Read more »

cerumol
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In a Human RIghts Watch report Dr Saleyha Ahsan is quoted: “Cold-water therapy was being applied to all the patients but there were no adequate facilities to stop them becoming too cold with the application of cold water and they were shivering. Bags of saline solution were being ripped open and poured onto the casualties as they sat on the floor of the hospital reception room”. This would presumably account for the shivering of the boy (Ahmed Darwish). However this interpretation appears to be contradicted by Ian Pannell, who has written of Darwish: “When he arrived at the hospital [i.e.… Read more »

BBRHUFT
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I apologise for using a sarcastic tone in my last post. I understand that the shaking and behaviours of the child in the Panorama documentary was called into question by the blog author, including a medical doctor. These alleged anonymous behaviours are used to claim the child is not burnt, but he is an actor taking directions from a film director to the child’s left. However, I was explaining that the same child was interviewed a month later in hospital. The child’s interview is at last 1/3rd of the video I posted. The video shows a severely burnt child in… Read more »

leruscino
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I was in Libya and witnessed first hand similar incidents of BBC fakery of a tragedy to point blame in the wrong direction for political purposes; however I was, like you, NOT present in Syria at this particular incident but given what I have seen and that I can testify to of the pure fabrication & lies the BBC gets up to, I for one cannot take at face value any BBC report and I’m on judgement and past experience 100% with Robert Stuart on this one. Pouring scorn like you do is fine but I dream of a day… Read more »

rtj1211
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rtj1211

It would be very valuable if you could name the BBC staff faking evidence. They should not be recipients of taxpayers money and should suffer the journalistic equivalent of a medic being struck off by the GMC i.e. no longer able to work.

MoriartysLeftSock
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MoriartysLeftSock

Are you aware that even the rebels in the area later claimed there had been no attack on a school at the time alleged?
Are you really saying you don’t see how that footage of the kid could be faked? Because I could do it at home with a bit of red paint and the contents of my first aid kit.

BBRHUFT
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Yes, I am aware of that claim. However, I’m referring to a second video, not mentioned by the blog or this article, where an injured child seen in the Panorama documentary, is interviewed several weeks later. The footage shows a severely burnt child in a hospital bed, wrapped in bandages except for part of his face, which appears scared and burnt. He is asked about the day he was burnt. The footage looks genuine and I invite you to view it. The child is interviewed near the last 1/3 of this video report: NOTE FROM ADMIN – we removed the… Read more »

MoriartysLeftSock
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MoriartysLeftSock

good lord man that is the footage I am talking about. You already posted it and I was replying directly to it! There are NO images of ‘severe burns’, just a kid with a bandage. I repeat I could achieve the same with some red ink and the contents of my first aid kit. PS I’ve capped the section you are talking about and have asked the mods to upload it so people can see what hogwash you are talking NOTE from Admin: we added the image below at MLS’s request. It is a screen cap from the section of… Read more »

Admin
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We have taken a fresh look at this footage, which we have also seen before. I’m afraid none of us can understand what about this 12 second segment seems so convincing to you that it means all of the anomalies pointed out by medical doctors and researchers are no longer relevant.
Please note also – this is NOT what this article is about and the author does not make any claims about the authenticity of these images. So please try to stay on topic.

BBRHUFT
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The anomalies pointed out are personal opinions not facts, opinions can be wrong, no matter how learned a person is.
I also do not believe this is an off topic question, as it involves the same injured child; in order to understand the truth we must consider all evidence.
I will leave it at that, I highly doubt further discussion would be helpful.

MoriartysLeftSock
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MoriartysLeftSock

And the anomalies pointed out are fact. The interpretation of what they mean is opinion.

MoriartysLeftSock
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MoriartysLeftSock

This article says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the injured child. Either your comprehension skills are very low or you are a troll.

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Big B

I thought a dollar a month was a pittance. Don’t be shy: up your estimate (to cover costs at least) …and I’m sure I/we could afford more?

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summitflyer

Patreon it is because this is just such good reporting.

MoriartysLeftSock
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MoriartysLeftSock

“Jere Bloom” has a very weird FB page!
https://www.facebook.com/jere.broome

cerumol
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While Ian Pannell has moved on from the BBC to become ABC News’ London-based senior foreign correspondent, Conway was back in Syria for the BBC recently, providing footage to accompany Quentin Sommerville’s November 2017 report about the US allowing ISIS convoys out of Raqqa. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret). That report was co-authored by Riam Dalati who was a researcher on Saving Syria’s Children.
It seems that Mughira Al-Sharif may have been back on board, too, as this selfie with Sommerville from October seems to indicate: https://twitter.com/cerumol/status/944289249356066816
Sommerville didn’t respond to the tweet, although Al-Sharif (@SharifMugh) promptly blocked me.

cerumol
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Equally, if not more, damning is the recent discovery that a vehicle prominently displaying the ISIS flag was among those which transported alleged victims of the alleged incendiary attack to Atareb Hospital, Aleppo, where it and its militarily attired occupants, at least one of whom was armed, were filmed at close quarters by cameraman Darren Conway: https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/bbc-panorama-on-location-with-isis/
I have raised this with Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry: https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/2017/12/17/bbc-cheek-by-jowl-with-isis-email-to-emily-thornberry-mp/

cerumol
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John A
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John A

I rarely if ever watch/listen to BBC news anymore. By chance this morning, driving without any CD in the car, the audio system was tuned to BB4. The 9 oclock news was all about the ‘spontaneous’ and widespread riots in Iran and Nikki Halley’s ridiculous UN security council gambit about Iran. Lord Haw Haw could get a job with the BBC these days.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

I expect Haw-Haw might have had too much self-respect for that.

rtj1211
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rtj1211

Everybody knows the CIA orchestrated it as soon as US authorities told Iran they must do nothing to stop them……they really have let doen their guard, it is USA! USA! USA! full steam ahead right now…..

George Cornell
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George Cornell

I stopped reading the BBC after my experience with their comment section. It took a few years but it became clear there was systematic bias in selecting articles for comment and even more apparent was the bias in their so-called moderation. This is also the case for the so-called Guardian (of what – the status quo, except for noncrucial issues?) and the NYT. I began to read more critically and learned there were untouchable areas. Their silence on the child abuse in Oxford Rotherham, Rochdale etc. while it was happening and when they could have influenced change. paralleled their habitual… Read more »

Richard Wicks
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Richard Wicks

I think the more important point is why the United States is at war with Syria. It’s to steal oil. Genie Energy signed a deal with Israel in 2013 to mine the oil of the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights is Syrian land under Israel occupation. Genie Energy’s strategic board of directors is (see if you recognize any names): Michael Steinhardt Richard Cheney Marry Landrieu Rupert Murdoch Bill Richardson Jacob Rothschild Dr. Lawrence Summers R. James Woolsey The US military is being used for personal, private gain, and so is the entire US government. See those people above? Consider if… Read more »

Pablo
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Pablo

You are correct in that oil is part of the reason for the war against Syria, but there is much, much more to it than just oil. The profits from the armaments sales, the installation of the proposed oil pipeline through Syria which was planned and which Bashir Assad blocked would have crippled Russia’s economy as a result of its falling oil exports to Europe. See George Webb’s Youtube videos regarding ‘Ratlines’ etc (video for Webb’s day 54 is a good place to start). In addition there is the plan for a Greater Israel. The Israel flag contains a ‘Rothschild’… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

Sorry, Pablo, but your paragraph about the Israeli flag is laughable – there is enough evidence to support the idea that Israel has long-term colonial plans for occupying the whole of Palestine to need to resort to the kind of argument that just helps discredit websites like this one. Your point about the BBC operating under the protection of armed opposition groups is more pertinent (it’s the aim of Catte’s article). I don’t watch the BBC much, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t spout official UK policy on the Syrian (or any other) war – it’s what they’re paid… Read more »

rtj1211
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rtj1211

The truth disappeared at the BBC years ago in peaceful arenas like sport. It is the US propagandavline they spout, not an independent UK one…

Pablo
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Pablo

Peter, my point is that most readers here will be well enough able to make up their own minds about what the Israel flag represents, I was simply pre-empting what some people would offer as an alternative viewpoint.

Admin
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The “all about oil” hypothesis has been widely challenged as simplistic or misleading. Deeper geopolitics and an assault on Russia/China are argued to be more probable factors.

Big B
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Big B

Admin: I believe it was all about gas: not oil? Whilst this has been debunked, it can’t be ruled out a priori as a long term strategy? To look at things geo-strategically you have to think like a geo-strategist: a la Brzezinski’s “Grand Chessboard” and the Mackinder-World Island theory. These guys aren’t thinking about today, or necessarily even tomorrow (short term strategies) – they are looking at the big picture in decades to come? They look at the resources and the potential markets, and the control of routes to an fro (even this is simplistic.) Take the Balkans war: a… Read more »

bevin
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bevin

If it is ‘all about anything’ then the things are land and water. I find it highly unlikely that the people on this list “aren’t thinking about today, or necessarily even tomorrow (short term strategies) – they are looking at the big picture in decades to come?” No they are thinking of how to get richer and better liked by powerful people. And wealthy people. None of them gives a damn for ‘the long term’ or their country’s interests. They are selfish greedy callous people for whom notions like patriotism are strictly for the plebs and the hoi poloi. Dick… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

The fact Cheney et al are sitting on a franchise with the illegal occupier of the Golan – that they may or may not get a return on – displays a modicum of patience; and a degree of forward planning? Or else, a degree of wealth-sufficiency that allows them to hedge their future wealth accumulation? It’s greed: but it’s long term strategic greed? Anyway, I wasn’t making a point about individual capitalists (who are as greedy as you say.) I was making a point about imperial and neo-colonial expansion: or “market development” and “democratisation” as it is more euphemistically known.… Read more »

rtj1211
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rtj1211

Capitalists’ patience is linked to the size of the potential return. If it is $200trn, you will wage war for 10 years to get it. If it is $100bn, less likely…..

Mark mcd
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Mark mcd

When the cost is public purse, the spend makes corporate profits too, then there’s the new markets,,, cui bono?

bevin
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bevin

In these matters the oil is just a tip left on the table for the likes of those listed above. the actual objectives, as you suggest, are far more complex and less fungible. World domination is far more important but it is worth nothing tangible to Cheney, Summers or Wolsey.
Syria’s tiny oil resources have already been turned into enormous personal fortunes for various actors-Barzani, Erdogan fils and various Israeli gangsters as well as ISIS’s fighting fund.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

I think it a given that all such matters are multifactorial. But which single one is a deal breaker?

Paul
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Paul

In much the same way the BBC continues -relentlessly! – to pursue top news items concerning the recent Syrian-Russian offensive against the rebel enclave near Damascus and that against IS in Idlip. Once again we see the White Helmets rushing around and lots of crying children. These stories have taken top slot a few times in just the last 10 days on Radio 4. One recent headline highlighted the deaths of some 20 “civilians” near Damascus caused by Russian bombing – but no where was there anything about the 68 killed in bombing raids of two market places in Yemen… Read more »

bill
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bill

v important questions asked and i think answered – how this documentary was made is unravelling