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Bijele šljemove čini nenaoružana, neutralna organizacija od više od 3.000 dobrovoljnih spasilaca koji djeluju u područjima Sirije pod kontrolom opozicije. Kad zračni udari na civilne ciljeve u ratom razorenoj zemlji, muškarci i žene Bijelih šljemova izvode operacije traganja i spašavanja kako bi spasili što više života.

"Bilo koje ljudsko biće, bez obzira na to ko su ili na čijoj su strani, ako im zatreba naša pomoć ... naša je dužnost da ih spasimo", objašnjava Abu Omar, bivši kovač i sadašnji član grupe, u dodjeli Oscara. pobjednički Netflixov dokumentarni film "Bijeli šljemovi" 2016. godine.

Pod vodstvom sadašnjeg vođe, Raeda al Saleha, bivšeg trgovca elektronikom, ti obični građani - koji su u prethodnim životima bili inženjeri, ljekarnici, pekari, krojači, stolari, studenti i drugi - obavljaju izvanredne, teške poslove. Od početka građanskog rata u Siriji u martu 2011, desetine bombi svakodnevno slijeću u susjedstva širom Sirije, ostavljajući mrtve i povrijeđene. Bijeli šljemovi se bave posljedicama. Koriste alate i gole ruke za preživjele. Evakuišu povređene. Pomažu pri sahranjivanju mrtvih i obavještavaju porodice žrtava. Grupa kaže da je spasila više od 99.000 života.

Osim spašavanja života, Bijeli šljemovi pružaju i javne usluge kao što su osiguranje oštećenih zgrada, ponovno spajanje električnih kabela i pružanje sigurnosnih informacija djeci. Grupa, poznata i kao Sirijska civilna odbrana, svoj nadimak uzima po boji zaštitnih kapa svog osoblja.

Kad god je to moguće, putuju u Tursku na obuku u AKUT, dobrovoljnu, nevladinu organizaciju uključenu u potragu i spašavanje nakon prirodnih katastrofa. Na ovim obukama Bijeli šljemovi dobivaju upute za spašavanje života i izloženost novoj opremi. Zatim se vraćaju u Siriju - i na svoju svakodnevnu misiju da odgovore na cijevne bombe i raketne napade.


James Le Mesurier: Bivši britanski plaćenik koji je osnovao Bijele šljemove

James Le Mesurier, bivši britanski plaćenik, osnovao je Bijele šljemove 2013. Grupa je hvaljena zbog svojih "humanitarnih" napora u Siriji, ali su zapravo više funkcionirali kao logističko-propagandna ruka ogranka al-Qaede u Siriji, zajedno sa obukom iz Le Mesuriera.

U posljednje dvije godine otkrivene su prosvjetljujuće informacije koje temeljno i nedvosmisleno opovrgavaju „humanitarnost“ Bijelih šljemova u Siriji, koje se ponekad nazivaju i sirijskom civilnom zaštitom.

Od kada su osnovani 2013. godine, mnogi zapadni mediji nastojali su uzdići Bijele šljemove kao "najhrabrije" i najjunačnije Sirijce. Oni su bili predmet dokumentarnog filma na Netflixu, koji je osvojio Oscara, i dosljedno se prikazivao na TV ekranima u iznenađujuće dobro produciranim video zapisima na kojima se vidi kako uklanjaju djecu iz ruševina u ratom zahvaćenim područjima za koja tvrde da su sirijski "pobunjenici".

Međutim, u ovom nedvosmisleno pozitivnom izvještavanju nedostaju veze te grupe s terorističkim grupama poput Al-Qaede, njihovo liječenje snimaka, njihova uloga u pogubljenjima civila i njihova upotreba djece#8211 i mrtvih i živih#kao rekvizita za proizvodnju propaganda za intervenciju. Nedostaje i to kako su Bijeli šljemovi od 2013. do 2016. godine dobili više od 123 miliona dolara od vlada SAD -a i Velike Britanije, kao i zapadnih nevladinih organizacija i državnih monarhija.

Iako su brojni članci bili posvećeni raspršivanju propagande koja okružuje grupu i detaljno opisujući njihove sjenovite veze s poznatim terorističkim organizacijama poput sirijskog ogranka Al-Kaide Al-Nusra Front, znatno je manje pažnje usredotočeno na to kako je grupa stvorena, posebno na čovjek koji ih je osnovao - James Le Mesurier, britanski stručnjak za privatno osiguranje i bivši oficir britanske vojne obavještajne službe.

Le Mesurier -ova uloga u osnivanju Bijelih kaciga i širenju njene mitologije zapadnoj publici otkrivena je 2015. godine zahvaljujući radu nezavisne novinarke Vanesse Beeley.

Beeley, koja je za ovaj izvještaj dugo razgovarala s MintPress News, primjećuje da je Le Mesurier shvatio da je humanitarna pomoć učinkovitija u održavanje rat nego vojska "koja je potaknula njegovo stvaranje organizacije kako bi" održala javnu podršku za još jedan skupi rat u zemlji koja u stvarnosti ne predstavlja nikakvu prijetnju kontinentalnoj Americi "ili njenim saveznicima.


Priča iza Florida Gatorsa i#8217 bijelih kaciga

"Za mene, posebno na utakmici za povratak kući, to je bila prilika da povežem sadašnjost - sa" Gatorsovim "scenarijem s jedne strane - i ujedinim je s prošlošću sa" Blokom F "s druge strane", rekla je Florida Glavni trener Gators -a Jim McElwain.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Danima su kružile glasine da su igrači Gators -a planirali na neki način promijeniti uniformu za prošlonedjeljnu utakmicu protiv Vanderbilta.

Te su se glasine pretvorile u činjenicu kada su Gatorsi izjurili iz tunela na početak utakmice noseći bijelu kacigu s dva logotipa.

Izbor kacige bio je popularna tema na društvenim mrežama za obožavatelje Floride tijekom pobjede Gators-a#8217 9-7 nad Commodores-om. Posljednji put Gatori su nosili bijele kacige na utakmici SEC Championship 2009.

Kapetani timova tradicionalno odabiru uniformiranu kombinaciju Floride svake sedmice. Gators još nisu nosili istu kombinaciju u back-to-back utakmicama ove sezone.

S mogućnošću da zaokruže prvo putovanje programa Atlante u posljednjih šest godina, Gatorsi su se odlučili za bijela pokrivala za glavu.

Vijesti iz Florida Gatorsa

& quotOvaj put je to bilo pred cijelim timom & quot; Brian Poole rekao je. & quotCijeli tim je u velikoj mjeri donio odluku. & quot

Međutim, odluka nije imala nikakve veze s potencijalnim povratkom u Atlantu.

& quotNeki naši igrači pitali su za bijelu kacigu i naravno, pogledao sam po zgradi i posvuda su slike bijelih šljemova, pa sam samo pomislio da ih imamo i saznao da ih nemamo ’t, & quot; glavni trener Floride Jim McElwain rekao je.

S obzirom da su igrači zainteresirani za njihovo nošenje, nakon što je McElwain saznao da bijele kacige nisu dio redovnog inventara Floride, pokrenuo je plan da im naredi upotrebu tokom prve sezone.

Povratak kući izgledao je kao savršena prilika. Kacige su imale poznati logo & quotGators & quot script sa lijeve strane, a logotip Florida ’s & quotF & quot s desne strane. Plava pruga išla je sprijeda prema natrag, omeđena parom narančastih pruga.

"Mislim da u tim šljemovima ima istinske simbolike", rekao je McElwain. & quotZa mene, posebno na utakmici povratka kući, to je bila prilika da povežem sadašnjost — sa ‘Gators ’ skriptom na jednoj strani — i ujedinim je sa prošlošću sa ‘Block F ’ na druga strana. To je zaista bila pokretačka snaga iza toga i naši momci su to cijenili jer su neki od njih regrutirani ovdje misleći da će ponekad nositi bijelu kacigu. & Quot

"Bio sam uzbuđen što možemo učiniti nešto za njih i zauzvrat počastiti sve one koji su ovdje igrali s različitim logotipima na kacigama."

Gatorsi su se vratili u prošlost tokom vikenda za povratak kući na više načina nego da nose alternativnu kacigu. U petak popodne imali su kapetanski ručak na kojem je bilo nekoliko bivših igrača.

McElwain je uživao u interakciji između sadašnjih i bivših igrača.

& quotDok razgovaram sa našim momcima o naslijeđu, o tome šta znači nositi tu kacigu sa Floride Gator -a i igrati u Močvari, dio odgovornosti je što svirate za sve one igrače koji su tamo igrali u prošlosti, rekao je . & quot [Trudimo se] koliko god možemo da to povežemo i otvorimo vrata, jer su ti bivši igrači oni koji su izgradili ono što je Univerzitet u Floridi. & quot

Slučajno, McElwain ima niz od dvije pobjede kada Gators nosi bijele kacige. Bio je koordinator ofanzive u Alabami 2009. godine kada je Crimson Tide pobijedio Gatorse sa bijelim šljemovima u utakmici za titulu SEC-a.

McElwain je rekao da tradicionalne narandžaste kacige Floride imaju značajnu vrijednost za marku programa#8217. On također razumije igrače i navijače koji to vole miješati s vremena na vrijeme.

"Kad pogledate oko fakultetskog fudbala, mislim da postoji nekoliko stvari koje vidite, ljudi koji traže prskanje i identitet", rekao je. & quotGdje na Univerzitetu Florida, iskreno, tradicija naših narandžastih kaciga, kada su one na TV -u, svi znaju o kome se radi, što ovo mjesto čini posebnim. Postoje određeni programi širom zemlje koji su takvi. Pa ipak, postoji nešto uzbudljivo u tome da imate zamjenu ovdje ili ondje.

& quotTo je dio onoga što radimo. Ali, kao zamjene, ja vjerujem u poštovanje prošlosti i to je nešto što smo htjeli učiniti s ovim. & Quot


Ratni humanitarni rad

Toliko njihovog iskustva nije novo niti jedinstveno. Trijumfi, muke i tragedije Bijelih šljemova samo su posljednji nastavak u dugoj, brutalnoj priči o ratnom humanitarizmu koja se proteže preko 150 godina. Slične priče igrale su se na ratištima Francusko-pruskog rata (1870-1871) i Balkanskih ustanka (1875-1878). Oboje su uključivali slučajeve jasno identificiranih humanitarca koji su bili meta nasilja i ispitivali njihove motive.

U tim slučajevima dobrovoljce od boraca nisu razlikovali Bijeli šljemovi, već Crveni križevi i Crveni polumjesec. Oni su bili simboli sadržani u članovima Ženevske konvencije koji ukazuju na neutralnost medicinara s bojnog polja. Ali ti "sveti" simboli nisu zaštitili dobrovoljce od sumnjičavosti i napada.

Dr Frédéric Ferrière. Međunarodni komitet Crvenog krsta

Bolnice Crvenog križa rutinski su granatirane tokom francusko-pruskog rata. Tokom opsade Pariza, određeni broj dobrovoljaca ubijen je u uvjerenju da koriste svoj „neutralni“ status Crvenog križa kao paravan za vršenje špijunaže. Poput današnjih Bijelih kaciga, pomisao da bi dobrovoljci mogli djelovati u službi svih žrtava rata podigla je obrve.

Švicarski dobrovoljac, Frédéric Ferrière, bio je zatvoren zbog sumnje da je špijun, uprkos tome što je svoje medicinske usluge nudio "neprijateljskim" Prusima.

Francusku dobrovoljnu medicinsku sestru, Coralie Cahen, također su pruske trupe nasilno izbacile iz logora kada je pokušala dobiti pristup izgladnjelim ratnim zarobljenicima, što je svjedočilo o tome kako su - tada kao i sada - akcije humanitarca također ispolitizirane. Cahen je kasnije bio hvaljen u nacionalnoj štampi kao simbol francuskog humanitarnog duha koji je trijumfirao nad germanskim barbarstvom.

Coralie Cahen koja je liječila hiljade ranjenika 1870. Međunarodni komitet Crvenog križa

Savremena pitanja o finansiranju i motivu Belih šlemova takođe nisu ništa novo. Tokom Balkanskih ustanka 1870 -ih, britanska organizacija pod nazivom Stafford House Committee poslala je humanitarnu misiju u problematično područje. Iako su služili pod Crvenim križem i Crvenim polumjesecom-i stoga su navodno bili nepristrasni-dobrovoljci Stafford Housea u štampi su okarakterizirani kao medicinski plaćenici koji djeluju u korist turske vojske i uzimaju zlato od sultanskih i pro-turskih pristalica u Britaniji.

Razlozi za ove optužbe bili su daleko čvršći od onih koji se trenutno bacaju na Bijele šljemove. No, ostaje činjenica da je mračna siva zona između političkih agendi i "neutralne" humanitarne akcije oduvijek postojala, zajedno s kampanjama klevetanja i nasiljem onih kojima prijeti rad humanitarnih volontera.

U tom smislu, evakuacija Bijelih šljemova iz Sirije mogla bi označiti kraj njihove pojedinačne priče. No, ako je povijest bilo koji vodič, otrežnjujući i nažalost poznati aspekti njihove priče nastavit će se na drugim mjestima u budućnosti.


Priča koja se nastavlja o ‘bjelim šljemovima ’ prijevara

by Rick Sterling 20. oktobra 2016 8,7k Pregledi

Fenomen bijelih šljemova

Većina ljudi nije poznata, marku White Helmets osmislila je i vodila marketinška kompanija pod nazivom “The Syria Campaign” sa sjedištem u New Yorku.

Uspjeli su prevariti milione ljudi. Walt Disney bi o tome mogao napraviti odličan film: nenaoružani dobrovoljci neustrašivo spašavaju preživjele usred rata bez obzira na vjeru ili politiku. Kao i većina drugih Disneyjevih filmova o "pravom životu", 10% je stvarnosti, 90% fikcije.

Zbog svog uspjeha, zapadne zemlje odvajaju sve veće iznose sredstava. Bijeli šljemovi bili su naslovna priča časopisa TIME 17. oktobra. Nikolas Kristof u NY Times -u godinama je prožimao njih. Nedavno su osvojili nagradu Right Livelihood Award 2016.

Netflix je nedavno objavio poseban "dokumentarni" film o Bijelim šljemovima. S besprijekornim vremenom, priznanje vodećih medija doseglo je vrhunac, pri čemu su The Guardian i The Independent u Britaniji pozvali Odbor za Nobelovu nagradu da ovogodišnju Nobelovu nagradu za mir dodijeli Bijelim šljemovima.

Evo trejlera dokumentarca o Netflixu. Obratite pažnju na odjeljak komentara i ima i onoliko nesviđanja koliko ima lajkova za najavu. Ljudi počinju kroz propagandu uviđati:

Nije samo ustanova koja je šiknula nad Bijelim šljemovima. Codepink je preporučio Netflixov film o njima i DemocracyNow! vodila je intervju sa direktorima info komora. Intercept je objavio nekritičku promociju Bijelih šljemova i njihovog sumnjivog vođe. (CodePink je dobio mnogo kritika i kasnije je izdao ispravku.)

Realnost iza slike bijele kacige

Za razliku od nekritičkog promicanja Bijelih šljemova, bilo je nekih istraživanja njihove stvarnosti u posljednjih 1,5 godina. Ova vremenska linija pokazuje rana istraživanja.

U aprilu 2015. Dissidentvoice je objavio izlaganje o njihovom stvarnom stvaranju i svrsi. Od tada je sve veći broj članaka i video zapisa koji otkrivaju šta stoji iza furnira za 'dobar osjećaj'.

Vanessa Beeley napisala je brojne članke, uključujući dokumentaciju REALNE Sirijske civilne odbrane, e koja je osnovana prije šest decenija. Pokrenula je internetsku peticiju Change.org koja je prikupila 3,3 hiljade potpisa da NE DALI NOBELSKU NAGRADU MIRU BIJELIM ŠLEMOVIMA.

To je bilo dvostruko više potpisa nego peticija za dodjelu Nobelove nagrade. Očigledno je ta činjenica uznemirila neke utjecajne ljude jer je Change.org uklonio peticiju bez objašnjenja.

Je li to prekršilo „standarde zajednice“? Možete sami procijeniti jer je peticija prikazana ovdje.

Još jedna peticija na mreži, takođe na stranici CHANGE.ORG, još uvijek je u toku. Poziva Right Livelihood Foundation da povuče svoju nagradu Bijelim šljemovima.

Peticija uključuje deset razloga zašto ne zaslužuju nagradu i nisu ono što se predstavlja: ukrali su naziv Sirijska civilna odbrana od prave sirijske organizacije, prisvojili su naziv „Bijeli šljemovi“ od argentinske spasilačke organizacije Cascos Blancos/ Bijeli šljemovi nisu nezavisni – finansiraju ih vlade nisu apolitični – aktivno se bore za zabranjenu zonu koju ne rade širom Sirije – rade SAMO u područjima pod kontrolom oružane opozicije (uglavnom al-Nusra/Al Qaeda) nisu nenaoružani – ponekad nose oružje slaveći terorističke pobjede i pomažu u terorističkim pogubljenjima.

Posljednjih sedmica širile su se informacije o pravoj prirodi Bijelih šljemova. Max Blumenthal ima dva dijela izložena na Alternetu: “Kako su bijeli šljemovi postali međunarodni heroji dok su gurali američku intervenciju i promjenu režima u Siriji ” i“ Unutar sjenovite PR firme koja ’s lobira za promjenu režima u Siriji ”. Scott Ritter napisao je članak koji kritički gleda na "lionizaciju" Bijelih šljemova i#8217. Na međunarodnom planu, izraelska TV stanica I24 objavila je poseban izvještaj pod naslovom “Bijele kacige: heroji ili prijevara?”, Dajući jednaku pokrivenost pristalicama i kritičarima. Čak je i "The National" iz Ujedinjenih Arapskih Emirata dokumentirao kontroverzu oko Bijelih šljemova.

Franklin Lamb Lashes Out at White Helmet Critics

Neki pristaše Bijelih šljemova uzvratili su. Britanski vojni preduzimač koji je u početku osnovao organizaciju optužio je svoje kritičare da su "opunomoćenici" sirijske i ruske vlade.

A posljednjih dana Franklin Lamb je skočio u odbranu Bijelih šljemova sa člankom pod naslovom “Kampanja političke klevete usmjerena na spasilačke radnike u Siriji”.

Lambova kritika je jednako varljiva kao i grupa koju brani. Čini se da nije pročitao mnoge ozbiljne kritike i razotkrivanje Bijelih šljemova. On ne daje reference niti izvore kako bi čitalac mogao uporediti svoj opis sa onim što su kritičari zapravo rekli.

Lamb optužuje kritičare da vode "zlonamjernu kampanju" protiv sirijskog arapskog Crvenog polumjeseca i Međunarodnog komiteta Crvenog križa, kao i Bijelih šljemova.

To je lažno. Evo šta je zapravo rečeno:

"Za razliku od legitimne spasilačke organizacije poput Crvenog križa ili Crvenog polumjeseca," bijeli šljemovi "djeluju samo u područjima koja kontrolira oružana opozicija."

Na internetskoj peticiji za POVLAČENJE nagrade Right Livelihood Award piše

“Bijeli šljemovi NATO -a zapravo potkopavaju i ometaju rad autentičnih organizacija, kao što su PRAVA Sirijska civilna odbrana i Sirijski arapski Crveni polumjesec.”

Jagnje odjekuje propagandom Bijele kacige više puta nazivajući ih dobrovoljcima. Ali nisu. Svi su plaćeni medijskim menadžerima Bijele kacige u Bruklinu u New Yorku, Gaziantepu u Turskoj i Bejrutu u Libanu koji zarađuju znatne plate. Što se tiče kopnene teritorije Nusre sa sjedištem na području ‘Bijelih šljemova’ u Alepu i Idlibu, oni su plaćeni mnogo više od sirijskih vojnika sa punim radnim vremenom za njihove stvarne i etapne operacije spašavanja.

Lamb žali zbog činjenice da je MSF (Lijekovi bez granica /Liječnici bez granica) kritiziran. Međutim, MSF se pokazao politički pristrasnim.

Organizacija nema osoblja unutar Sirije, ali nastavlja izdavati izjave kao da imaju jasne uvjerljive dokaze kada se čini da nemaju. Nedavno je MSF tvrdio da su četiri bolnice u sektorima istočnog Alepa pod kontrolom terorista bombardovane, a dva ljekara povrijeđena. Oni ne identifikuju imena ili lokacije bolnica niti imena lekara. Izvještaj se očigledno temelji na glasinama.

Možda MSF ne identificira naziv ili lokaciju bolnica, jer kada su prijavili imena i lokacije, na primjer u bolnici Al Quds u travnju 2016., utvrđeno je da je njihov izvještaj nedosljedan i pun kontradikcija.

“Prema bolničkom osoblju na terenu, bolnica je uništena u najmanje jednom zračnom napadu koji je direktno pogodio zgradu, smanjivši je na ruševine. ”

P otografi od prije i poslije događaja pokazali su da je ova tvrdnja neistinita. Takozvana "bolnica Al Quds" bila je neidentifikovana, uglavnom prazna stambena zgrada sa vrećama pijeska u prizemlju.

Pristranost MSF -a pokazuje i činjenica da odbijaju pružiti bilo kakve usluge ili podršku 90% sirijskog stanovništva koje se nalazi u područjima koja kontrolira vlada.

MSF nije odgovorio na prethodno otvoreno pismo u kojem se dovodi u pitanje njihova pristrasnost. Niti su se odazvali pozivima da posjete Alep koji kontroliše vlada kako bi ocijenili stvarnost u odnosu na tvrdnje njihovih saveznika na teritoriji Nusre/Al Qaide.

"Bijeli šljemovi se napadaju raznim neutemeljenim optužbama i teorijama zavjere".

Naprotiv, dokazi su ogromni.

Bijele šljemove financiraju zapadne vlade koje žele 'promjenu režima'. Bijeli šljemovi podižu tijela nakon pogubljenja. Bijeli šljemovi nose oružje i slave pobjede džihadija. Bijele kacige rade SAMO u područjima u kojima dominira Nusra ili saveznik. Bijeli šljemovi aktivno vode kampanju za zabranjenu zonu.

Ovo nisu "teorije zavjere", to su činjenice koje se lako dokazuju u video zapisima i člancima o njima.

"Spasioci Bijelih kaciga slični su općenito sirijskom stanovništvu, uključujući većinu od 12 miliona izbjeglica, koji su se gnušali politike."

Istina je da se gotovo svi Sirijci gnušaju rata koji im je nametnut. Međutim, velika većina Sirijaca također mrzi teroriste, dok je većina 'Bijelih šljemova' u savezništvu s njima.

Jagnje je takođe pogrešno po broju izbeglica. Interno raseljenih osoba ima oko 12 miliona, ali je broj izbjeglica bliži 4 miliona. Dvije trećine interno raseljenih osoba živi unutar Sirije u područjima pod vladinom kontrolom.

Bijele šljemove "žigosala" je marketinška kompanija pod nazivom The Syria Campaign, koju je sama "inkubirala" (njihov termin) veća marketinška kompanija pod nazivom Purpose. Uz upravljanje mrežnim i društvenim medijima, promociju Bijelih kaciga, Sirijska kampanja paralelno nastoji podržati “promjenu režima” ​​u Siriji. Jedan od ovih napora bio je kritiziranje Ujedinjenih naroda i humanitarnih organizacija koje pružaju pomoć raseljenim osobama koje žive u područjima zaštićenim od sirijske vlade.

Ova situacija je dokumentovana u uvodniku u kojem autor kaže:

“Navode Sirijske kampanje i drugih napisali su ljudi koji ne znaju ništa o UN -u i kako on mora funkcionirati.”

Očigledno nesvjestan činjenica o Sirijskoj kampanji, ogorčeni Franklin Lamb ovo naziva "klevetničkom besmislicom!"

Jagnje ponavlja propagandu Bijele kacige da su spasili "65.000 građana Sirije, od kojih su mnogi njihovi susjedi, porodice i prijatelji".

Ovo je krajnje pretjerivanje. U područjima koja kontrolišu teroristi živi vrlo malo civila. Ljekar koji je dvije godine boravio u istočnom Alepu opisao ga je kao "grad duhova". Kad su videozapisi o mačkama bili popularni na društvenim mrežama, video tim Bijele kacige proizveo je vlastiti lažni video zapis o mačkama. Prikazalo se kako se članovi Bijele kacige igraju s mačkama lutalicama u praznim četvrtima. Kažu: "Vlasnici kuća napustili su ovaj kvart i njegove mačiće." Da, većina civila ga je napustila jer su ga teroristi napali.

Ukratko, ovaj broj spašavanja krajnje je pretjerivanje. Pravi broj je vjerovatno samo nekoliko posto toga.

Lamb vjeruje da ih kritičari Bijelih kaciga ‘kleveću’. To je gotovo smiješno, osim što je gorko ironično. REALNA sirijska civilna odbrana radi na ogromnom budžetu sa REAL volonterima bez video tima koji ih prati i promovira. Većina na Zapadu nije svjesna da uopće postoje. Slična je situacija i sa Sirijskim arapskim Crvenim polumjesecom, koji je zaista neutralna i nezavisna humanitarna organizacija, iako barem imaju dobru web stranicu.

Lamb se žali na "masovnu upotrebu pogrdnog jezika za blaćenje spasilačkih radnika".

Realnost je, naravno, potpuno suprotna u slučaju “bijelih šljemova”. Bilo je poplava nekritičkih pohvala za ovu trogodišnju organizaciju koju je stvorio Zapad i za ciljeve Zapada. Naprotiv, nisu dovoljno ispitani i izloženi. Lambova iskrena zabrinutost zbog toga što su jadni Bijeli šljemovi nepravedno kritizirani bizarna je.

Franklin Lamb tvrdi da je svoj članak podnio iz Univerzitetske bolnice u Alepu. Ovo se nalazi u Alepu pod zaštitom vlade. Zašto ne spominje žrtve terorističkih bombardiranja, snajperskog djelovanja i napada koji pune Univerzitetsku bolnicu u Alepu? Zašto ne spominje PRAVU sirijsku civilnu odbranu koja je u bolnicu dovela mnoge povrijeđene žrtve?

Na kraju Franklin poziva sve zainteresovane da s njim posjete Bijele šljemove. Je li on ozbiljan? Vrlo mali broj novinara ili zapadnih "promatrača" već godinama boravi u Alepu pod kontrolom terorista. Dvojica od posljednje grupe bili su James Foley i Stephen Sotloff, koje je ISIS kasnije ubio.

Franklin mora pružiti neke dokaze da je zaista bio u istočnom Alepu s Nusrom i Bijelim šljemovima. U suprotnom bi se moglo postaviti pitanje jesu li njegovi razgovori s "dobrovoljcima" Bijele kacige zaista bili u Gaziantepu u Turskoj.

Kontroverza se nastavlja

Dok sirijska vlada i saveznici pokušavaju konačno slomiti ili protjerati teroriste iz Alepa, Bijeli šljemovi postali su glavno oruđe zapadne propagandne alatke. Slika Bijelih šljemova odvraća pažnju od sektaške, nasilne i nepopularne prirode Nusre i drugih naoružanih opozicionih grupa.

Ovo se koristi paralelno s optužbama da sirijski i ruski napadi prvenstveno pogađaju civile. Zapadni mediji daju sliku da u istočnom Alepu napadaju samo civili i bijeli šljemovi koji su napadnuti.

Bijeli šljemovi su prošli od priča o onima koji govore. Vijesti sve češće koriste svjedoke Bijele kacige kao svoju temu ili izvor.

Jednog dana CNN kaže da je pogođen centar za pomoć Bijele kacige. Drugi dan se tvrdi da se pojedinci Bijele kacige "love".

Bijela kaciga obavlja ulogu novinara, a ne prvog odgovora jer tvrdi da je "svjedok" sirijskih cijevnih bombi koje su 19. septembra uništile humanitarni konvoj i skladište u Orem al Kubri.

Postoje razlozi za sumnju. Na primjer, u slučaju konvoja Sirijskog arapskog Crvenog polumjeseca (SARC) koji je napadnut u Orem al Kubri:

* Ovo je isti grad u kojem je snimljen dokumentarni film "Spasavanje sirijske djece". Detaljna istraga pokazala je da su sekvence u tom BBC -jevom filmu bile uglavnom ako ne i potpuno iscenirane.

* Ovaj grad kontrolira zloglasna teroristička grupa Nour al Din al Zinki koja se nedavno snimila kako odrubljuje glavu mladom palestinskom sirijskom dječaku.

* Nelogično je da bi sirijski ili ruski avioni napali konvoj SARC -a. Mogli su zaustaviti konvoj dok je bio na teritoriji pod kontrolom vlade. Sirijska vlada radi zajedno sa SARC -om. Zašto bi napali konvoj?

* Oni koji će imati koristi od zločina su Koalicija SAD -a i oni koji podržavaju projekt promjene režima. Napad je odvratio pažnju od američkog ubijanja 70+ sirijskih vojnika 17. septembra i olakšao nastavak optužbi protiv Sirije i Rusije. U ovoj oštroj analizi ukazuje se na više kontradikcija i nedosljednosti u pogledu svjedoka o Bijelom šljemu.

* Ruska i sirijska vlada zatražile su nezavisnu istragu mjesta napada, ali to nije učinjeno, vjerovatno zato što teroristi koji kontrolišu to područje nisu to dozvolili.

Uz veliki publicitet, sada je znatno povećana svijest javnosti o trogodišnjim Bijelim šljemovima. Ironično, SARC, koji radi s neutralnošću, uglavnom je zanemaren. Originalna sirijska civilna odbrana stara više od 60 godina nastavlja raditi bez ikakvog priznanja na Zapadu.

Jesu li Bijeli šljemovi heroji ili politički motivirana prijevara? Vrijeme za istraživanje je sada. Ne čini ništa dobro u otkrivanju laži i manipulacija godinama kasnije. Ovo je posebno istinito jer su ljudi koji su stvarali i nekritički promovirali prethodne prevare, poput Nayiraha i kuvajtskih inkubatora, Curveball -a i iračkog oružja za masovno uništavanje, prošli bez kazni ili kazni uprkos ogromnim troškovima života i resursa. Bijele kacige treba ozbiljno istražiti kako se ne bi koristile za promicanje novog rata u Siriji.


Šta nije u redu sa Bijelim šljemovima? Istorija napada humanitarca

Evakuacija 422 volontera Bijelih kaciga iz Sirije naizgled označava kraj odvažne petogodišnje humanitarne misije u jednoj od najratom razorenijih zemalja na svijetu. Osnovane i prvotno obučene od strane penzionisanog britanskog časnika, a sastavljene od lokalnih regruta, Bijeli šljemovi (zvani Sirijska civilna odbrana) formirani su 2013. Njihov cilj je bio provesti operacije traganja i spašavanja žrtava bombardiranja u pobunjeničkim područjima Sirije. .

Bijeli šljemovi, koji tvrde da su spasili živote više od 100.000 ljudi, stoje kao svjetionik za veći dio međunarodne zajednice usred mraka sirijskog građanskog rata. Postali su tema dokumentarnog filma o Netflixu koji je osvojio Oscara, a 2016. su dobili nominaciju za Nobelovu nagradu za mir.

Ali ova ružičasta slika čovječanstva u najboljem slučaju je ukaljana politizacijom aktivnosti odjeće i uspostavom kontra naracije u kojoj se dobrovoljci pojavljuju kao sve samo ne anđeli na bojnom polju.

Propagandne i klevetničke kampanje

Bijeli šljemovi demonizirani su od strane propagande koju podržava Rusija kao sve od djelomičnosti do pobunjeničke pobune (unatoč motu grupe "spasiti život znači spasiti cijelo čovječanstvo") do suradnje s ISIS-om, do insceniranja napada kemijskim oružjem, jednostavno biti univerzalni front za neslužbeno miješanje Zapada u poslove sirijskog predsjednika Bashara Al-Assada.

Ova posljednja tvrdnja, posebno se ponovila u medijima naklonjenim sirijskom predsjedniku, koji se pozivaju na činjenicu da su Bijele šljemove prvenstveno finansirale zapadne vlade.

Osim ove klevetničke kampanje, Bijeli šljemovi također su bili žrtve direktnije akcije. To je uključivalo bombardiranje nekoliko njihovih bolnica i, što je nedvosmisleno, ponoćni napad na jednu od njihovih sigurnih kuća u kolovozu 2017. u kojem su sedam dobrovoljaca pogubili još uvijek nepoznati ubojice.

Ovo bi moglo izgledati kao poglavlja modernog ratnog trilera-doista, priča o Bijelim šljemovima trebala bi postati film koji vodi George Clooney.

Ratni humanitarni rad

Toliko njihovog iskustva nije novo niti jedinstveno. Trijumfi, muke i tragedije Bijelih šljemova samo su posljednji nastavak u dugoj, brutalnoj priči o ratnom humanitarizmu koja se proteže preko 150 godina. Slične priče igrale su se na ratištima Francusko-pruskog rata (1870-1871) i Balkanskih ustanka (1875-1878). Oboje su uključivali slučajeve jasno identificiranih humanitarca koji su bili meta nasilja i ispitivali njihove motive.

U tim slučajevima dobrovoljce od boraca nisu razlikovali Bijeli šljemovi, već Crveni križevi i Crveni polumjesec. Oni su bili simboli sadržani u članovima Ženevske konvencije koji ukazuju na neutralnost medicinara s bojnog polja. Ali ti "sveti" simboli nisu zaštitili dobrovoljce od sumnjičavosti i napada.

Bolnice Crvenog križa rutinski su granatirane tokom francusko-pruskog rata. Tokom opsade Pariza, određeni broj dobrovoljaca ubijen je u uvjerenju da koriste svoj „neutralni“ status Crvenog križa kao paravan za vršenje špijunaže. Kao i današnji Bijeli šljemovi, ideja da bi dobrovoljci mogli djelovati u službi svih žrtava rata podigla je obrve.

The Swiss volunteer, Frédéric Ferrière was imprisoned on suspicion of being a spy, despite offering his medical services to the “enemy” Prussians.

The French volunteer nurse, Coralie Cahen, was also forcibly ejected from a camp by Prussian troops when she tried to gain access to starving prisoners of war, testament to how – then as now – humanitarians’ actions were also politicised. Cahen was later lauded by the national press as a symbol of French humanitarian spirit triumphing over Germanic barbarism.

Contemporary questions over the White Helmets’ funding and motive are also nothing new. During the Balkans Uprisings of the 1870s, a British organisation called the Stafford House Committee sent a humanitarian mission to the troubled region. Although serving under the Red Cross and Red Crescent – and therefore supposedly impartial – Stafford House’s volunteers were characterised in the press as medical mercenaries acting in favour of the Turkish army and taking gold from the Sultan and pro-Turkish backers in Britain.

The grounds for these accusations were far firmer than those currently being thrown at the White Helmets. But the fact remains that the murky grey area between political agendas and “neutral” humanitarian action has always existed, along with slur campaigns and violence from those who are threatened by the work of humanitarian volunteers.

In this sense, the White Helmets’ evacuation from Syria may mark the end of their individual story. But, if history is any guide, the sobering and sadly familiar aspects of their tale will continue elsewhere in future.

This article was originally published on The Conversation and has been republished under creative commons. For the original click ovdje.

James Crossland is a Senior Lecturer in International History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is an expert in the history of international humanitarian law.

Odricanje odgovornosti: The views expressed in this article reflect the opinions of the author and not necessarily the views of The Big Q.


White Helmets…”and the winnner is…anything but truth”

Looney Tuns become Clooney Tunes

[ Editor’s Note : Has Clooney gone looney? If he ever had any presidential aspirations they will be going up on smoke if he makes this movie on the White Helmets.

Anyone who could be suckered into white washing the White Helmets for their aiding and abetting terrorism in Syria would be considered a major security risk.

But that said, Clooney versus Trump for the White house, now there’s a reality TV show for you.

If Clooney wins he can replace his Secret Service detail with the White Helmets, and have ex-Mossad people for his National Security Council, and the old Blackwater people saved for doing odd jobs.

As some anonymous person once said, “You just can’t make this stuff up.” But apparently Clooney has an ego to match Trump’s, with hopefully fewer girls in the closet.

VT is not done pounding the wooden stake into the cold heart of corporate media for swallowing without question all the crap put out by the western PR helpers of the jihadis. I can see the letter campaign from the people of Syria going in to Clooney’s house as soon as his address gets spread around… Jim W. Dean ]

Well we might be seeing the jihadis that would sell anything for money hooking up with Clooney who might do the same

– First published … December 29, 2016 –

George Clooney, one of Hollywood’s biggest box office names, a man with pretentions for the presidency for sure and sworn enemy of President-elect Donald Trump, has announced plans to make a film honoring Syria’s White Helmets. To the much of the public subjected to fake and censored news, the White Helmets are heroes.

Always in areas controlled by “moderate opposition” or, quite frankly outright terrorists like ISIS and the group formerly named Jabat al Nusra, this organization has been lauded as the savior of the Syrian people from the beastly depredations of the “regime” and its “brutal dictator,” Assad.

The truth is something a bit different, a truth it would have taken Clooney only a few moments on the internet to discover, that or the most minimal research, which he either did or didn’t do.

If he didn’t do the research, he is a dupe, meaning he has been fooled into supporting a terrorist group against a legitimate democratically elected government for purposes of protecting and supporting paid mercenary murders. Sound harsh? Probably not harsh enough as we will get into shortly.

The other possibility, of course, is that Clooney is buying his way into politics by making friends with the same ultra-rightest groups that founded the White Helmets and have used similar fronts with the same roots, as we will show, to propagandize color revolutions that have turned into disaster after disaster. From Vanessa Beeley for Global Research:

The Western media mythology goes as follows:

James Le Mesurier

They are made up of former bakers, builders, taxi drivers, students, teachers, pretty much anything apart from rescue workers,” according to the much repeated phrase used by their British ex-military, USAR (Urban Search & Rescue) trainer, James Le Mesurier who specialises in outsourcing warfare – the kind of private security operations exemplified by the likes of Blackwater (now known as Academi) and DynCorp, and other well-known global suppliers of mercenaries and CIA outreach assassination experts.

Running operations through Blackwater gave the CIA the power to have people abducted, or killed, with no one in the government being exactly responsible.

White Helmets founder Le Mesurier, who graduated from Britain’s elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, is said to be an ‘ex’ British military intelligence officer involved in a number of other NATO ‘humanitarian intervention’ theatres of war, including Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, as well as postings in Lebanon and Palestine.

He also boasts a series of high-profile posts at the UN, EU, and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Not to mention his connections back to the infamous Blackwater (Academi).

Beeley goes further, outlining her own experiences in Syria with the White Helmets:

They claim they are not “tied to any political group in Syria, or anywhere else”, yet they are embedded with Al Nusra Front, ISIS and affiliated with the majority of US allied terrorist brigades infesting Syria.

In fact during my recent trip to Syria, I was once again struck by the response from the majority of Syrians when asked if they knew who the White Helmets were. The majority had never heard of them, others who follow western media noted that they are a “NATO construct being used to infiltrate Syria as a major player in the terrorist support network.”

One of the major issues of what may have been called the Syrian Civil War, but might best be described as an invasion by NATO auxiliaries, is the use of NGO’s or “Non-Governmental Organizations” to move jihadists around the world, move weapons and produce fake news. The White Hats has been very much a part of all of these activities but, truth be told, they are hardly “non-governmental.”

This is an alleged “non-governmental” organisation, the definition of an NGO, that thus far has received funding from at least three major NATO governments, including $23 million from the US Government and $29 million (£19.7 million) from the UK Government, $4.5 million (€4 million) from the Dutch Government. In addition, it receives material assistance and training funded and run by a variety of other EU Nations.”

Requests have been made of the Secretary General of the United Nations to challenge their NGO status as even a cursory investigation shows they are funded as nearly all intelligence agencies fronts are. Further, of course, has been their ability to work closely with what were “opposition” groups in Syria that, since early 2014, had melded into the al Qaeda organization after a period of infighting.

The “moderate opposition,” under non-terrorist control has only recently reappeared and that is only in Northern Aleppo, seemingly under the direct command of the Turkish Army, and is primarily being used to fight against Kurdish groups opposed to ISIS. Is this all coming into focus now? If it is for you, you are it seems the only one who gets it.

The White Helmets could be coming to a studio near you

The White Helmets are actually run by a terrorist, which might well explain why they get along so well with terrorists and why they are able to function freely. Of course that they continually report “regime” atrocities, always directly in line with the narrative promoted by US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, may well only be coincidental.

Thus far, the White Helmets have been silent on all that goes on around them, seeing nothing and only acting “heroically” while those they are allied with, as is now clear to the world, executed thousands, trafficked tens of thousands of women and children into sex slavery and plummeted chlorine and mustard gas projectiles on the residents of “regime held” West Aleppo for years.

The truth is actually worse, much worse but let’s deal with a bit about Raed Saleh, the leader of the White Helmets first. From 21 st Century Wire:

There has been a concerted campaign by a range of investigative journalists to expose the true roots of these Syria Civil Defence operatives, known as the White Helmets. The most damning statement, however, did not come from us, but from their funders and backers in the US State Department who attempted to explain the US deportation of the prominent White Helmet leader, Raed Saleh, from Dulles airport on the 18th April 2016.

It was unclear whether Mr. Saleh’s name might have shown up on a database, fed by a variety of intelligence and security agencies and intended to guard against the prospect of terrorism suspects slipping into the country.”

Mark Toner, State Department spokesperson:

And any individual – again, I’m broadening my language here for specific reasons, but any individual in any group suspected of ties or relations with extremist groups or that we had believed to be a security threat to the United States, we would act accordingly. But that does not, by extension, mean we condemn or would cut off ties to the group for which that individual works for.”

Saleh’s real history is more complicated, born in Israel, Saleh has a long history of opposition to Israel and involvement in justice related causes, particularly “anti-Zionism.” He has been particularly critical of the role, in the past at least, Turkey has played in promoting Zionism. In fact, Saleh has positioned himself as a fanatic anti-Zionist and has often been accused of anti-Semitism as well.

How then do we explain the financing for the White Helmets or their allegiance to organizations fighting against the Damascus government who maintain strangely friendly ties to both Israel and Turkey?

Yulia Tymoshenko

Then there’s Clooney himself, whose wife is an “alleged” human rights activist. However, Amal Clooney’s clients include not only Julian Assange, whose Mossad ties were exposed in 2010 by Zbigniew Brzezinski but also former Ukrainian Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko, a strong supporter of NATO who has openly advocated ethnically cleansing Ukraine using nuclear weapons.

It seems like Clooney’s liberal activism has garnered more than one strange bedfellow. Then again, Clooney’s finance partner is Israeli Grant Hezlov, producer of the anti-Iranian blockbuster Argo, a film many activists believe was timed to prestage public opinion against a nuclear settlement with Iran.

The issue with Clooney is that he has mostly avoided pitfalls of this type. Let’s take a conspiratorial look at the White Helmets for a bit. Were one to look at their roots, Saleh who makes no sense at all considering the obvious CIA funding of the White Helmets, and their openly “fabulous” relationship with the MSM, Clooney should be running for the hills.

Then again, there is more than enough circumstantial evidence that something is very wrong. With the media frenzy over Aleppo “genocide” dying now that media are moving around a city, not conquered but “liberated” and with UN observers on their way with Russia’s blessing, it has to be clear to Clooney that the White Helmets are not what they seem.

The math here is simple as two plus two, if the press lies fell apart in only days, 14 foreign spies caught running the al Qaeda “operations room” and so many of the atrocities videos now proven staged, then the equally staged and fictional history of the very government funded “non-government” White Helmets would be “fake” as fake news also.

Then there are the rumors, that the funding and logistics for the White Helmets brought in poison gas and that Press TV’s Serena Shimm was murdered because she got too close to “busting” this group as complicit in mass murder.

In fact, for nearly 4 years, Russia tried to introduce evidence to the UNSC in order to prove assertions made by the Syrian Human Rights Observatory and the White Helmets were, in fact, fabrications by pro-terrorist propaganda organizations funded by western intelligence agencies.

Then we come to who Clooney is himself. Clooney, a charismatic outspoken liberal, could well challenge Trump for the presidency, should history lend itself to this political confrontation. Grooming Clooney as another “useful idiot” it how the system works.

Those who have admired Clooney have hoped he would begin challenging the traditional narrative more vigorously, perhaps not to the extent Trump has, but certainly following that lead. This current effort puts that hope to rest.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”


Blockbuster: White Helmets corruption scandal deepens: Dutch gov’t investigated parent org for fraud, but covered it up

The Netherlands investigated fraud by the Mayday Rescue Foundation, which funded the Syrian White Helmets with over $120 million in Western government contracts. But top Dutch officials covered up the corruption.

Greyzone: The decade-long dirty war on Syria proved to be a cash cow for some of the most prominent US and UK regime-change operatives. Western government contractors got hundreds of millions of dollars to run schemes to destabilize Damascus – and some of them took a cut for themselves, profiting off of the pillage.

This is staggering. Utterly damning of the @bbc Questions for BBC on new White Helmets podcast series attacking OPCW whistleblowers | The Grayzone https://t.co/9XWpJYwg8J

&mdash George Galloway (@georgegalloway) November 30, 2020

One of the main players in the cottage industry of contractors that helped run the Western regime-change war on Syria, and which was eventually implicated in a massive corruption scandal, was the Mayday Rescue Foundation.

Uh oh…I edited a Wiki article about the White Helmets last week and where it said it was a conspiracy theory, I changed it to a verified story & cited The Grayzone article!

&mdash Sheri Daley (@MsQuitoSwarm) June 11, 2020

Mayday served as the fiscal sponsor of Syria Civil Defense, known popularly as the White Helmets, a deceptive humanitarian interventionist operation that became a key propaganda weapon in the dirty war on Damascus.

The White Helmets were a western orchestrated secret service Psi Op. They were essentially Al Qaeda. Le Mesurier was Mi6. Have you not read the Grayzone expose on Idlib?

&mdash ZodiacNein (@ZodiacNein) October 27, 2020

With more than $120 million in funding from numerous Western governments, the White Helmets were portrayed in servile media campaigns and by slick PR films as a noble philanthropic group dedicated to saving civilian lives. In reality, the organization functioned as the de facto civil and medical infrastructure for areas in Syria that were controlled by brutal, theocratic Salafi-jihadist insurgents.

The White Helmets operated exclusively in areas run by the Syrian armed opposition, and collaborated extensively with extremists, including ISIS and al-Qaeda. White Helmets were even filmed assisting in public executions on numerous occasions.

The White Helmets helped NATO member Turkey militarily invade and ethnically cleanse Kurdish-majority towns in northern Syria as part of a plan to repopulate those areas with Sunni Muslim Arabs who supported Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Following the invasion, schoolchildren were indoctrinated with Turkish nationalist propaganda.

A Syria producer at the BBC has even stated that the White Helmets helped stage a fake chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma, to try to pin the blame on the Syrian government and spur Western military intervention against it.

Yet while Western governments were lavishing the White Helmets with praise and funneling huge sums of taxpayer money into their parent organization, the Netherlands-based Mayday Rescue Foundation, they were also quietly investigating the group for fraud.

A series of mainstream Dutch media reports document how the Netherlands knew Mayday had presided over serious financial irregularities, but top officials covered it up, refusing to inform elected lawmakers and even ignoring recommendations from their own regulators to reclaim millions of dollars worth of contracts. read more..


The White Helmets and the Long History of Attacking Humanitarians

The smear campaign against Syria’s White Helmets, the rescuers who have saved many tens of thousands of lives since 2013, is distinctive because of the extent of the disinformation and the involvement of the Russian State in the campaign.

But the attacks are far from new. Humanitarians in wartime have always been the target of those who would prefer to operate without the intervention of those trying to provide assistance and care.

James Crossland of Liverpool John Moores University writes for The Conversation:

The evacuation of 422 White Helmet volunteers from Syria seemingly marks the end of a daring five-year humanitarian mission in one of the world’s most war torn countries. Founded and initially trained by a retired British officer and comprised of local recruits, the White Helmets were formed in 2013. Their aim was to carry out search and rescue operations for victims of bombings in rebel held areas of Syria.

The White Helmets, who claim to have saved the lives of more than 100,000 people, stand as a beacon of light for much of the international community amid the darkness of the Syrian civil war. They have becoming the subject of an Oscar-winning Netflix documentary and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2016.

But this rosy picture of humanity at its best has been tainted by the politicization of the outfit’s activities and the establishment of a counter-narrative in which the volunteers appear as anything but battlefield angels.

Propaganda and smear campaigns

The White Helmets have been demonised by Russian-backed propaganda outlets as everything from being partial to the rebel cause (despite the group’s motto being “to save a life is to save all humanity”) to collaborating with ISIS, to staging chemical weapons attacks, to simply being an all-purpose front for unofficial Western meddling into Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s affairs.

The latter claim, in particular has been repeated in press outlets sympathetic to the Syrian President, which reference the fact that the White Helmets have been funded primarily by Western governments.

Aside from this smear campaign, the White Helmets have also been the victims of more direct action. This has included the bombing of several of their hospitals and, most unambiguously, a midnight raid on one of their safe houses in August 2017 in which seven of the volunteers were executed by assassins still unknown.

This might read like chapters of a modern war thriller – indeed, the tale of the White Helmets is scheduled to become a George Clooney-led film.

Wartime Humanitarianism

So much of their experience is neither new nor unique. The triumphs, travails and tragedies of the White Helmets are just the latest instalment in the long, brutal story of wartime humanitarianism which stretches back over 150 years. Similar tales were played out on the battlefields of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) and the Balkans Uprisings (1875-1878). Both involved cases of clearly identified humanitarians being targeted for violence and having their motives questioned.

In these instances, it was not White Helmets, but Red Crosses and Red Crescents that distinguished the volunteers from the fighters. They were the symbols enshrined by the articles of the Geneva Convention as indicating the neutrality of battlefield medics. But these “sacrosanct” symbols did not protect the volunteers from suspicion and attack.

Red Cross hospitals were routinely shelled throughout the Franco-Prussian War. During the siege of Paris a number of volunteers were shot in the belief that they were using their “neutral” Red Cross status as a cover for committing acts of espionage. Like the White Helmets of today, the idea that volunteers could act in the service of all war’s victims raised eyebrows.

The Swiss volunteer Frédéric Ferrière was imprisoned on suspicion of being a spy, despite offering his medical services to the “enemy” Prussians.

The French volunteer nurse Coralie Cahen was also forcibly ejected from a camp by Prussian troops when she tried to gain access to starving prisoners of war, testament to how – then as now – humanitarians’ actions were also politicized. Cahen was later lauded by the national press as a symbol of French humanitarian spirit triumphing over Germanic barbarism.

Contemporary questions over the White Helmets’ funding and motive are also nothing new. During the Balkans Uprisings of the 1870s, a British organisation called the Stafford House Committee sent a humanitarian mission to the troubled region. Although serving under the Red Cross and Red Crescent – and therefore supposedly impartial – Stafford House’s volunteers were characterized in the press as medical mercenaries acting in favour of the Turkish army and taking gold from the Sultan and pro-Turkish backers in Britain.

The grounds for these accusations were far firmer than those currently being thrown at the White Helmets. But the fact remains that the murky grey area between political agendas and “neutral” humanitarian action has always existed, along with slur campaigns and violence from those who are threatened by the work of humanitarian volunteers.

In this sense, the White Helmets’ evacuation from Syria may mark the end of their individual story. But, if history is any guide, the sobering and sadly familiar aspects of their tale will continue elsewhere in future.


The White Helmets, alleged organ traders & child kidnappers, should be condemned not condoned

is an independent journalist and photographer who has worked extensively in the Middle East &ndash on the ground in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Palestine, while also covering the conflict in Yemen since 2015. Follow her on Twitter @VanessaBeeley

is an independent journalist and photographer who has worked extensively in the Middle East &ndash on the ground in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Palestine, while also covering the conflict in Yemen since 2015. Follow her on Twitter @VanessaBeeley

A recent panel at the UN Security Council in New York revealed the shocking evidence of White Helmet involvement in organ trafficking in Syria. The lucrative trade of human body parts, bones, blood and organs is one of the most protected and hidden harvests of war.

The potential of White Helmet involvement in these nefarious activities raises questions that must be answered. Why were the shocking revelations met by a wall of silence from corporate media present at the panel in New York?

Not one media outlet pursued the subject, preferring to divert onto more comfortable issues that did not challenge the iconization of the White Helmets that has been the default position for virtually all state-aligned media since the establishment of the group in 2013 in Jordan and Turkey.

Above is one of the slides from the presentation of Maxim Grigoriev, director of the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, given to the panel and audience at the UNSC in New York, December 2018.

In July 2017, I had interviewed residents of the East Aleppo districts that had been under occupation of the various extremist armed groups and the White Helmets. Salaheddin Azazi was a resident of the Jib Al Qubbeh area (also mentioned in Grigoriev&rsquos presentation).

Azazi went through the details of the November 2016 Nusra Front attack on civilians trying to flee via the Syrian and Russian-established humanitarian corridors which had been spun by the White Helmets into a &ldquoregime&rdquo bombing raid that resulted in a civilian massacre. It was a complete misrepresentation of reality which was seized upon by corporate media with no fact checking. My full report on that incident and the White Helmet involvement in the massacre and subsequent theft of civilian belongings from the dead and dying is here.

&ldquoThe bodies of the dead and dying were left unattended for ten hours in the street after the Nusra Front rocket attack that killed 15 civilians. The White Helmets did not help them, they stole their belongings,&rdquo Salaheddin Azazi, resident of Jib Al Qubbeh and eyewitness to events on 30.11.2016, said.

Azazi and another resident, Ammar Al Bakr (on the right, in above photo) described how the White Helmets were the &ldquorunners&rdquo for the organ traffickers.

&ldquoThe White Helmet drivers would take the injured or dead bodies to the Turkish border. Many of the injured had light wounds, nothing that needed hospitalization but the bodies would come back without organs,&rdquo said Ammar Al Bakr.

&ldquoThe bodies, dead and alive, would be inspected in the towns on the borders with Turkey before being taken by Turkish vehicles to the hospitals but if the injured civilian was a child or young and strong they would be taken directly to the hospital in Turkey because their organs had greater value,&rdquo Azazi told me.

According to both of these witnesses, the bodies were worth $2000 dead and $3000 if alive and this market was dominated by the White Helmet operatives who profited from cross-border organ trafficking.

Other civilians I met in July/August 2017 confirmed the threat of organ theft which hung over them during the almost five-year occupation of East Aleppo districts by the armed groups and their White Helmet auxiliaries. Families spoke to me of hiding their children if they were lightly injured to prevent the risk of them being abducted and taken to one of three hospitals &ndash Omar Abdulaziz, Al Quds and Zarzour &ndash that allegedly specialized in organ theft in East Aleppo, all of which had been taken over by militant gangs early on in the conflict. I was told that &ldquoforeign doctors&rdquo were operating in these three hospitals and were in charge of organ extraction. In post-liberation Eastern Ghouta, similar stories abounded.

In January 2019, I visited survivors from the Jaysh Al Islam controlled Tawbah Prison in Douma, Eastern Ghouta (known as Repentance Prison). I met with former prisoners in Adra Al Balad who spoke of the torture and violent abuse they had received after being kidnapped from Adra Al Ummaliya in 2013 by Jaysh Al Islam and Nusra Front. Familiar descriptions of the White Helmets were forthcoming:

&ldquoRegarding the White Helmets, they are terrorists and Takfiris [&hellip] they have nothing to do with Humanity [&hellip] when they used to see an injured civilian, they used to finish them off. If you come to &ldquorescue&rdquo a man would you slaughter them? The White Helmets and the terrorists are one and the same, they are hand in hand,&rdquo said Hassan Al Mahmoud Al Othman, one of the survivors I spoke to about their experiences as captives of Jaysh Al Islam and Nusra Front during the six years that Eastern Ghouta was occupied.

The evidence against the White Helmets is mounting on a daily basis and will only increase as Idlib is liberated or a political resolution is achieved in the last Syrian province effectively controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) a rebrand of Al Qaeda.

Despite this, Western corporate media and NATO-aligned think tanks, policy influencers and NGOs are stubbornly sticking to the &ldquovolunteer hero&rdquo skripta. The Observer recently collaborated with Reader&rsquos Digest to produce a slick homage to the White Helmets &ldquorescued&rdquo from Syria by Israel in July 2018, entitled&lsquoThe inside story of Canada&rsquos dramatic rescue of the White Helmets out of Syria.&rsquo It depicts the volunteer &ldquobankers and barbers&rdquo as heroes and downtrodden saints fleeing for their lives. A far cry from the image portrayed of organ thieves, child abductors and bone peddlers by the Syrian people who lived under the White Helmet regime of sectarian violence and exploitative abuse.

The White Helmet involvement in the &ldquored market&rdquo (a term used to describe the multi-billion-dollar trade in human body parts, tissue and organs) should come as no surprise. James Le Mesurier, the former private security and &ldquodemocratization&rdquo expert who founded the White Helmets in Turkey and Jordan was also present in Pristina, Kosovo in 1999 when he worked under the direction of the notorious Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) and former French foreign minister.

Kouchner&rsquos tenure in Kosovo was plagued by controversy and accusations of involvement in human and organ trafficking masterminded by the Albanian mafia gangs within the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

Carla Del Ponte, former chief prosecutor for war crimes in former Yugoslavia, detailed these crimes in her book The Hunt: Me and the War Criminals, which was published in 2008 just after Kosovo declared its independence.

In 2010, an interim report by the Council of Europe vindicated Del Ponte&rsquos claims, which had garnered skepticism and criticism from the NATO-aligned media and spokespeople. Del Ponte persistently complained, at the time, that UN authorities in Kosovo were systematically blocking her investigations into crimes committed by the Kosovo Albanians in the KLA and the rebranded Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC).

James Le Mesurier was responsible for the rebranding of the KLA, linked to Al Qaeda at that stage alongside the Albanian warlords, and their transformation into the Kosovo Protection Corps while they were being accused of running cross-border organ trafficking operations.

A blueprint that Le Mesurier seems to be reproducing with the White Helmets in Syria while attempting to maintain an untarnished White Helmet image, at least in the aligned media and PR circles. In reality, there is an entire billionaire-supported industry of NGOs and influential global transformation institutions protecting the White Helmets&rsquo image.

A network of global carpetbaggers enabling the criminal obfuscation of White Helmet crimes against Humanity and denial of justice to the Syrian people whose accusations against the pseudo humanitarian group are systematically silenced and marginalized by the White Helmet acolytes.

The White Helmets have received an unprecedented number of awards and peace prizes, including the Right Livelihood Award 2016 (RLA), the Atlantic Council Freedom Award 2016, Tipperary Peace Prize 2017, Hollywood Oscar 2017 (one win, one nomination in 2018) and they have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for three years running.

According to the RLA website, they &ldquohonour and support courageous people and organisations that have found practical solutions to the root causes of global problems&rdquo. There is nothing honourable or courageous about the White Helmet crimes against the Syrian people.

The White Helmets have enabled and participated in organ trafficking, one of the deepest root causes of our global problems but the RLA has made no move to retract their award from this group of criminals, thieves and terrorists. They have ignored petitions and statements from groups of peace activists and academics. Instead, in 2018, they published a counter petition signed by 29 former RLA Laureates calling upon all parties to &ldquostop targeting the White Helmets [&hellip] in Syria&rdquo.

While blaming Russia for the smear campaign against the White Helmets, the petition informs us that &ldquo(White Helmet) work is guided by the inherent dignity of human life.&rdquo The RLA claims that the evidence against the White Helmets is &ldquounsubstantiated and does not stand up to scrutiny&rdquo. One cannot help but wonder when did they scrutinize the evidence or listen to the huge number of Syrian civilian testimonies that detail the crimes committed by the White Helmets that are most definitely not guided by the inherent dignity of human life?

What all these US Coalition-aligned organizations fail to understand is that Russian media and UN missions do indeed give a voice to the Syrians who are ignored by media in the West. Russia is not the originator of the claims against the White Helmets.

While these organizations, claiming to support peace in Syria and an end to hostility, continue protecting the White Helmets who are responsible for so much of the misery endured by the Syrian people, they forfeit any credibility and become nothing more than a corrupt extension of US supremacism in the region.

Child exploitation, abuse, human trafficking and organ trafficking &ndash which often goes hand in hand with the former &ndash should never be tacitly condoned or covered up and must always be investigated or we have fallen into a moral vacuum from which there is no escape.

I invite all Western media outlets and &ldquopeace&rdquo promoting institutions to retract their White Helmet accolades and laurels, and to &ldquoscrutinize&rdquo the evidence before they too are implicated in one of the most heinous crimes ever committed against victims of war.

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