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Misplaced sorrow ignores facts on the ground of Syrian refugee crisis

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The photo of Alan Kurdi has been a centre of social-media attention, with well-intentioned people sharing the tragedy he, his family and countless other Syrians (who were fleeing the violence of NATO's death squads) suffered.  A photo of an innocent dead child always hits the heart more than reading about the thousands of dead children martyred by the same NATO/Saudi/Zionist death squads' within Syria.

For some people, it is only "safe" to mourn a tragedy they don't have the political courage to lament.

The September 2 terrorist van-bombing outside an elementary school in Latakia ("terrorists detonated a white van loaded with large amounts of explosives that was parked in front of Imad Ali School at al-Hamam Square at the outskirts of Lattakia") that killed 10 people and injured 25, merits no mention by the media, let alone those sharing the baby Alan photo.

Also not spoken of are the daily terrorists' mortars on Damascus, the routine mortars and rockets on Latakia, on Foua and Kafarya (that have reportedly killed 150 children in the period between March 27 and September 9); the terrorists' landmines around besieged (for four years) Nubl and Zahara, also being mortared and rocketed. For example, Al Masdar News reported that on August 24:

"Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) and Faylaq Al-Rahman (Al-Rahman Corps) fired over 100 rockets and mortar shells into the nation's capital of Damascus on Sunday, killing a dozen civilians and injuring over 60 others."

As noted in an earlier blog postSANA reported 15 were injured in Damascus, and five Syrians killed in Aleppo the same day, due to terrorists' mortars and rockets, two more killed the previous day in the outskirts of Damascus.

These examples are a mere sampling of the daily terrorism Syrians within Syria are enduring, and which the Syrian Arab Army is fighting. They are also largely absent in corporate media, Ken Roth's Twitter feed, and remain unshared by the same people sharing the photo of baby Alan.

To actually condemn these atrocities would take a principled stance.

Following are a number of important commentaries and articles on the issue of how Alan's death is being exploited by media in order to manipulate public opinion on Syria, to try to justify the "Human Rights" industry and world leaders' call for more NATO bombing of Syria, for a "no fly zone" on Syria, which would only worsen the already atrocious situation in Syria under NATO assault.

The deception is clear, but for those who mistakenly fall for the "save the refugees" NATO line, please consider again why they have become refugees and what is the real intention of this media campaign which ignores terrorist atrocities within Syria, as well as ignoring the plight of refugees from Libya and other nations under the assault of NATO and Imperialism.


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