Not meaning to sound like a battlefield humorist, I leave that to Ernie Pyle, but the Syrian Human Rights Observatory might well be called “The Syrian Artillery Observatory.” Whenever civilians are shelled, including the use of sarin gas projectiles, the SHRO is there to scream “bloody murder” if someone interferes, perhaps even shoots back.
The FSA and its friends have been wolfing down a years supply of food brought in to feed local civilians, who they are systematically starving to death. Squads of fat little head chopping terrorists are leading terrorist friendly reporters around but even then, the photographs are all out of Google images as usual.
Madaya is a small town in the Southern parts of Zabadani, 45km Northeast of Damascus, and about 1,000 terrorists from three groups have established bases for themselves in the city.
60% of these terrorists are from Ahrar al-Sham grouplet, 30% from al-Nusra Front and others are FSA members. Madaya had 16,700 residents joined by almost 7,000 refugees last year.
Last summer, Madaya was freed by the Syrian army and Hezbollah after retaking the important city of Zabadani. After the terrorists took out their wounded members from Zabadani, a small number of them were besieged and are still in the same situation. The terrorists’ conditions are now crucial in Madaya.
Terrorists prevent sending food and medical aid to the people in Madaya in a bid to increase domestic and international pressure on the Syrian army and Hezbollah to remove the siege, giving them a chance to flee the city.
The CNN, BBC, al-Arabiya, al-Jazeera, SkyNews, al-Nahar, Turk Press and several other Saudi and western-affiliated news media have launched propaganda against Hezbollah concurrent with releasing a number of images of starving, bony and sick people to claim that people in Madaya are dying of starvation and Hezbollah should be blamed.
But these news outlets don’t say anything about the four towns of Foua’a, Kafria in Idlib and al-Zahra and Nubl in Aleppo, where thousands of Shiites are besieged by Jeish al-Fath terrorists. Why have the people in Foua’a who were attacked by 30 Grad missiles two days ago not received any attention from the side of these media?
The reality is that on October 18, tens of trucks full of foodstuff and drugs entered Madaya, Sarghaya and Baghin. The food and medical aid cargo comprising tens of trucks was enough for the 23,000 residents of these small towns to survive for several months.
But the problem is that Madaya is besieged by Ahrar al-Sham, al-Nusra Front and FSA terrorist groups and, as a matter of fact, taken hostage by these terrorists.
The men who refused to cooperate with these groups have earlier been killed and beheaded and people don’t have access to the food and medical aid cargos that have been sent in.
Many people seek to leave the town but the militants prevent them. Even recently, some negotiations were held based on which 300 terrorists were due to surrender to the Syrian army but other militants have troubled and blocked implementation of the deal.
Al-Manar news channel has recently broadcast a documentary showing that many of the images released by the Saudi-US-affiliated media of starving people don’t belong to the residents of Madaya town, proving that those media are only seeking to tarnish the face of Hezbollah and the Syrian army to reduce pressure on the terrorists.
One question should be asked from the armed militants in Madaya and the media which are supporting them and shedding crocodile tears for the people: How come the armed militants in Madaya are fighting against the Syrian army and Hezbollah forces with such healthy and agile and vigorous bodies, but people are starving?
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
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