NEO – Don’t Cry For Me in Aleppo



by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor  … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

“Just societies cannot be run by big money or armed forces with their too narrow agendas.” ~ Plato

The rebels have rained their "barrel bombs" down on the Aleppo civilians
The Western-supported rebels have rained their “barrel bombs” down on the Aleppo civilians

[ Note: The media fraud on the Syrian War is reaching hysterical levels as the Aleppo and Manjbi battles are turning against the rebels. When there is nothing good to report, we see the terrorist supporters dragging out the age-old Damascus “barrel bomb” stories and the predictable “gas attack”.

The Russians held their media response fire until they could review all of their Intel on the gas attack, and then confirmed it had come from a US-rebel supported area. That is why I used the gas canister images.

If you google that phrase with Aleppo, you will come up with a mass of photos, as the jihadis love showing themselves using this indiscriminate weapon on government-held areas.

The rebel “barrel bombs” have literally been raining down on government-held areas with almost zero coverage in the Western press because it did not fit the narrative they were trying to imprint upon us. Corporate media pushing the rebels and jihadis as the good guys is one of the biggest media frauds in history, including no real denunciation from any of the media trade groups.

Rebel "mobile artillery"
Rebel “mobile artillery”

We see this over and over, where from the big veteran to religious denominations, our big civic organizations have stood down, while watching this ongoing fraud like it was none of their business.

As for the news unions, they have just been pitiful. All they had to do was have monthly, one-day work stoppages, with demands for “content investigations” to spotlight compromising of major media at the highest levels, and the public would have rallied around them.

It is safe to conclude that no one had the stomach for it, including the retired senior people who could have more safely taken the leadership roles. Even at VT, despite the quiet “keep up the good work” atta-boys we get from many individuals inside the matrix, the institutional support has been zero.

They are too scared to even talk to us, afraid they would end up on a list. This is how low American leadership has sunk. When the public sees so many others “faking it”, with no career blowback consequences, then resistance is viewed as a sucker’s game. But we would never swap places with them, despite all the good-life, side benefits on the table for the selloutsJD ]


US coalition approved terror shelling
US coalition approved terror shelling

– First published  …  August 06,  2016

The battle for Aleppo does not look it will end well for the rebels and jihadis who have held the city for four years, living off the looting of the houses and businesses of Damascus supporters who long ago fled the city with just a car and a few suitcases. 

What will remain of Aleppo with it is over?
What will remain of Aleppo when it is over?

I met one of these émigrés during the Damascus Counter Terrorism Conference in December of 2015. She was one of the Veterans Today team’s guides and interpreters.

Her manufacturing family had fourteen diversified, medium-sized businesses in Aleppo before the war, but lost them all, with the equipment and inventory loaded onto trucks and taken to Turkey to enrich the army of parasites that have fed off the Syrian War.

I don’t call the Syrian struggle a civil war, as that would give cover for the international geopolitical hoodlums who used Syria as an example of what could happen to those would not submit to their domination.

As with most all the “color revolutions”, they used local assets as the cannon fodder, but the upheaval was foreign-inspired, while trained and supported by various countries and business interests seeking to profit from a future Balkanized Syria.

The Syrian Army and its allies have finally surrounded the rebel and jihadi forces in their Eastern Aleppo stronghold and brought that battle to what may be its final resolution. An extra bonus in following the news coverage has been seeing how the international anti-Syrian media has launched its own final battle to smear Damascus and the Syrian Army for doing what an elected government and loyal army is supposed to do… defend the country.

The VT team at the Damascus Counter-Terrorism Conference in Dec. 06, 2014
The VT team (middle four) at the Damascus Counter-Terrorism Conference on Dec. 6, 2014

In Syria’s case the fight has not only been with traditional opposition rebels, but also Western and NATO countries teamed up with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to carve Syria into spheres of influence, in a classic throwback to the old colonial days.

When that did not work, the Western and Gulf State Intel agencies unleashed a large-scale terror war against the Syrian people to help tip the scales in their favor − and it almost worked.

But the above-mentioned scoundrels had another institutional helper in their dirty deed. Western media became the Syria-busters’ PR weapon to keep the Assad regime and its supporters under constant assault.

Running a multi-year proxy terrorist regime change operation required a steady smokescreen operation, and I have had a front row seat watching it reach its peak during the current Aleppo battle.

Over the past ten days, I was able to do a number of TV interviews, including two Debate Show features with Press TV, with opponents who were anti-Assad regime boosters. The first was a professor from John Hopkins University in Washington, Daniel Serwer, where the topic was Battle for Aleppo. The second Debate Show a few days later was on Assad’s amnesty offer for the Aleppo rebels.

Jim Dean and Prof. Serwer go head to head
Jim Dean and Prof. Serwer go head to head

Both of these guys were walking propaganda delivery boys using the same talking points that most of the anti-Assad faction had had emailed to them by their minders. Prof. Serwer seemed to have been assigned to caste Assad as being responsible for the 400,000 deaths from the Syrian War, barrel bombing, and of course all the hospitals he claims were blown up on purpose.

He even claimed that the Russia air wing was also responsible for some of these, a black lie because Russian Air Command caught the French Doctors without Borders putting out a bogus story of like eight or nine of them bombed over a few days, but where research later showed that most of the towns mentioned did not even have hospitals.

Briefing and Q&A by the governor of Homs province, Talal al-Barazi with election monitors, June 03, 2014 - photo Jim W. Dean archives
Briefing and Q&A by the governor of Homs province, Talal al-Barazi with election monitors, June 03, 2014 (Photo credit: Jim W. Dean Archives)

Prof. Serwer would not acknowledge that Aleppo was being liberated, but was “a conquest by an autocracy”. This outrageous statement ignored two elections, where Assad was reelected by a huge majority.

One election I attended as an election monitor in 2014 in the city of Homs, where I visited five polling stations where we had free rein to interview whomever we wanted, which included the governor, Tala Barazi.

The event was as much a celebration for Assad and the Army keeping the country from being taken over by the Western and Gulf State-backed jihadi terrorists as it was a political event.

My second Debate show opponent was a Michael Lane, who was supposed to be the founder of a think tank-sounding entity called the American Institute for Foreign Policy, founded in 2004.

A quick Google of both came up with absolutely nothing on the Institute, and nothing on Lane, other than his Press TV shows. He had the profile of a planted talking head, where his public background had been cleaned off the internet.

And talk he did, about how Assad’s amnesty offer could not be trusted, describing it as an “unverified offer”. I countered with the long record we already have on numerous Assad amnesties which have worked just fine, where many of the takers were incorporated into the civil defense units.

Lane was also selling how humanitarian effort could easily have succeeded if the Syrian Army had stepped back and allowed the UN to handle it all. I again countered that the UN could not do that in the middle of a big battle without the Syrian Army having to be tied up providing it with security from car, truck and suicide bombers to block the rebels’ human shields from getting out of the city.

The mysterious Michael Lane and his think tank that does not show up on Google
The mysterious Michael Lane (R) and his think tank that does not show up on Google

We also have the track record that during the initial ceasefire, the West, Turkey and Saudi Arabia poured in more reinforcements, ammo and new weapons, like the TOWS and MANPADS, which were then used to support counter attacks all over Syria. Corporate media has also shown its true colors on Aleppo coverage.

The Guardian actually had an editorial whose purpose seemed to be an effort to save the surrounded rebels and jihadis by pressuring Syria to stop the battle. The UN could pump in all the food and supplies for the civilians, while the rebels could get resupplied by their various sponsors to later launch more counter attacks. The strategy is to continue undermining Assad via endless war, regardless of how many lives are destroyed.

The Guardian pulled out all the stops to paint the worst picture possible:

“It would not just be a defeat for the rebels, perhaps an irreversible defeat for the uprising – it would be the beginning of a new, humanitarian catastrophe of unprecedented proportions in Syria…International pressure must be put on Russia to force Syrian troops to retreat, so that lives can be saved…Its machine of repression makes no distinction whatsoever between armed combatants and civilians.”

British media has been "in the bag" for a long time
British media has been “in the bag” for a long time

The Guardian editors appear to have gotten an assignment from British Intelligence to try to put lipstick on a pig. I had predicted during one of my Debate Shows that the Aleppo jihadis would attack the humanitarian corridors to scare their human shield civilians from taking that path, and within a day they were doing car bomb attacks and shelling the corridors.

The rebels have been counter attacking Syrian lines in an effort to open up their own supply corridors. It is they who have refused to join the peace process via a political solution, as they bet that their backers would continue to keep them in the fight during the phone ceasefire.

Turkey’s coup may have been the tipping point for a change in Erdogan wanting to concentrate all of his resources on the home front and ease out of the Syrian conflict.

His main war aim now seems to be in taking on the international Gulen organization and its main sponsor, the U.S. But Erdogan seems unpredictable now, with his attempt to blackmail the EU with his demand for a visa regime by October or he would reopen the refuge floodgates.

This is hardly a predictable situation by any means, especially when we see Russia-Turkey relations being normalized, something that began before the coup; and some say this may have had an effect on its timing, as Erdogan has now openly charged the CIA and FBI with supporting the coup.

The rebels shooting down a Russian relief helicopter returning to base might have put a wooden stake through their hearts. They will now be met with cold resolve. Assad and the Russians know that the rebels and Jihadis have nothing to fight for when they have lost Aleppo, and their backers will abandon them.

Gone will be the Saudis’ dream of an energy pipeline to the Mediterranean and onward to Europe. Gone will be the dream of an autonomous rebel region that might want to someday host US military bases or even NATO in Damascus’ rear and block Iranian-Russian flights through Iraq.

The Russian cruise missile strikes from the Caspian Sea launches have not been forgotten, neither the importance of having friendly and safe ground to fly over when projecting military power. That is why the US coalition wants to keep its rebel forces in control of Aleppo.

Jim W. Dean, managing editor for Veterans Today, producer/host of Heritage TV Atlanta, specially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


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  1. Some big picture questions.

    If Syria had nuclear armed cruise missiles that could hit Ankara, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv, would this war have happened? If the answer is no, that seems to be a way to start of a nuclear arms race with only losers in the long run.

    A related question is, what price beyond money already spent will the US/NATO, Saudi, Turkey, and Israel pay for doing this to Syria? If the answer is nothing, no war crimes trials for leaders, and not even paying for rebuilding Syria, there is no incentive for them to not repeat this action in other countries again and again.

  2. I make no bones about it. I’m rooting for Assad and the Syrian Army and I hope they crush the “rebels” in Aleppo real soon. It’ll be a good day for me when it happens. My mood will only have been tempered by all the destruction, pain and suffering the “rebels” inflicted on Syrians and for (truth be told) Israel’s sake. Isn’t Israel the reason why the US is in Syria at all? Yep, it’ll be a great day to see the “rebels” wiped out. I say give them no quater! Wipe them out!

  3. Our German readers tell us that German media is more in the bag than in the US…that like Britain the Intel people have a lock on anything they want a lock on, or it is “publish at your own risk time”, and everyone knows what that means there.

  4. Jim I had the misfortune of catching a C4 news report where they sent a camera crew into Aleppo with two Syrian(?) doctors. They were in a car with them and at one point they stopped driving as they were supposedly in a place where the SAA were dropping barrel bombs. You heard a noise that did not sound explosive and the reporter said ” Oh that was just a small barrel bomb”

    Then they basically arrived at work.

  5. Why does it bother me when ISIS, Al queda, and others are identified as the rebels? The term “rebel” lends legitimacy to them. Is this an actual revolt of Syrian citizens? A more accurate description of Syrian opposition is Criminals, or International Theives. Either term would be more accurate. Can I define a burglar as a “moderate trespasser”? What can we call a murderer? How about “interrupter”. “Mr. Smith’s life was interrupted last night when…” Not so bad right? Much more relaxing.

    • Joe: I am totally with you! and I am guessing that there are a lot of other people as well, who are totally, utterly, absolutely disgusted with the political correctness crap.


  6. This war in Syria is a true fight between good vs. evil, and truth vs. lie. It is reaching epic propotions. I fear this fight is so important to the West that they will do anything, including WW3 to win. Like Israel with their Sampson option platform of, if we go down everyone does. For the West this is truly too big to fail. The truth has been obfuscated to the point where the average Joe doesn’t trust any media. Our senses are battered. We are almost senseless. How else to explain mass apathy. I have chosen firms like VT to get the facts. I think I’m right. Mr. Dean don’t ever waiver. “Who Let The Dogs Out”?

  7. Is ‘war’ really picking up some kind of (semi) automatic machine gun,
    Step around the corner, fire your gun aimlessly in the street, to be taken out by a headshot?

    Is ‘war’ really taking cover behind your squad member with the RPG,
    Just in time to get your head blown off by the blow back?
    (or whatever you call it)

    Is ‘war’ really loading up a little van with thin metal plating,
    then drive straight up to a small convoy to be outnumbered 3:1,
    just to be dead, with a mout full of sand 20 minutes later?

    • I know nothing of war.

      But I do know that if I would find myself in one, this would not be the way I would fight it.
      I kind of like living.

      So after seeing footage such as I mentioned,
      I can only conclude… I’m not sure what is going on there, but a war it is not.

    • Yes as in, “It happens”. No as in “F-ing stupid thing to do”

      Other things that bother me after watching videos of private contractors and things like: v=WYJ_O1rCRU8

      So, you are stuck on a roof or in a ditch in a sand colored world.
      There’s a lot of shots being fired, in a “general direction” sort of way.
      You can not see where you are shooting or who is shooting you.

      Then you decide to take a peak using: A black gun, black binoculars, a black cap, a black vest.
      I guess those things can not be made in sand color?
      Or maybe surviving the thing is not a top prio?

  8. First, I know nothing of war.
    I, nor my father, have ever been in a war, yet:

    Whenever I see footage on the fighting in Syria,
    I think by myself: “Is that really how you fight a war?”

    Is ‘war’ really a lot of standing around in groups,
    waiting to load up a barrel and then shoot it off in some indiscriminate direction?

    • I am hoping for the same,
      though I am not sure that living in the cradle of the ‘Builderburg Meetings’ is any sort of help.

      When WW3 hits, I might survive the initial onslaught,
      but any blowback might turn this 270*150 KM piece of land (and me included) into dust.

      Well, no more worries then at least.

  9. Sadly the situation doesnt look good on the ground. After Castello fell to the Syrian army, the terror zombies took over south Aleppo and are close to opening up a supply line there. Basically they traded supply routes…And apparently they lost hundreds of in that offensive. Either way….the fight for Aleppo is far from over…lets hope for the best here…Russians should fire their toys now when the situation demands it, not on some remote Zombie warehouse thats not exactly important…

    • “the fight for Aleppo is far from over”.. Amen on that. Let us hope that the Syrian and Russian command has anticipate this strategy of the rebel counter attacks and is geared up to concentrate firepower to destroy them when they concentrate for their attacks. This is also combat taking place outside of the city so they can use air power and artillery, which with drones as spotters they should be able to deal with “fluid” situations, the toughest fight to use artillery in.

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