Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Syria: PR Firms create visuals, AL observers and more

Getting back to Syria...

I find this NYT's article interesting. "Syrians find creativity in uprising"

I find the hand of PR firms in these forms of protests that are made for television. Made for the video generation. And wonder at just who paid for these acts to be done?
In one instance where we have a catchy beat and street dancing taking place?!?

"“It was a combination of both a physical and a psychological reaction,” said a young actor, describing how he had cut loose at his very first demonstration in Damascus, the capital."
A young actor who "cut loose"? Must have thought it was an audition for American Idol?

Another time, protesters painted scores of Ping-Pong balls with words like “Leave” and “Freedom” in red and blue ink, and then released them on a hill above Mr. Assad’s house. A video shows them clattering down the cobblestones"

How very eye-catching? Made specifically for video and social media sharing.
Sorry, but this kind of stuff reeks of public relations firms created stunts.
It is done to attract the attention of the infantile mind weaned on a steady stream of junk video.

That bit of mind control/perception management out of the way, let's get down to the real nitty gritty!

Syria is allowing Arab League monitors into the country.
The observers have been given a one month mandate that can be extended on a month by month basis.
Video from RT-

However, the foreign "opposition" is still demanding boots on the ground.

By foreign "opposition" I am of course referring to the Western/NATO backed stooges in
the so called "Syrian National Council" formed in of all places, Turkey.

I have mentioned this group on a number of previous occasions. You can check back through older postings for these mention

Here is a brief bio on just one of these Syrian National Council Members
Dr. Radwan Ziadeh
Visiting Scholar at The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) at Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Before that he was Reagan–Fascell Fellow at National Endowment for Democracy (NED) at Washington D,C and Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York City, he was also a Visiting Fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London and a visiting scholar at Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University (2008–2009). In 2007–2008 he was a Senior Fellow at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C.

At this point in time it appears that destabilization continues.
Civil strife has broke out in limited areas of the country.
With help from so may outsiders

It is being reported that Syria has passed a law sentencing to stop the flow of weapons to the destabilizers.

"Syria’s President Bashar Assad has signed a law imposing a death penalty on anyone providing weapons or helping to provide weapons to terrorists, the AFP news agency says.

The decree also imposes life imprisonment with hard labor for arms smuggling "for profit or to carry out acts of terrorism," and 15 years' hard labor for arms smuggling for other purposes."

If true , it is more a public relations move then a viable reality. Since most of the weapons are coming into the country, across the border from Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. This type of law would have limited use


  1. Right on Penny, the theatrics are ramping up. According to Thierry Meyssan our old friends Belhaj and Harati of the Libyan AlQaeda are organising the 'Free Syrian Army'. Libya Mark-II, same script.

    Slightly off-topic (Pakistan), this interview with Zaid Hamid is well worth a listen: http://theuglytruth.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/tut16dec2011hamidfin.mp3

  2. Hey freethinker!

    "According to Thierry Meyssan our old friends Belhaj and Harati of the Libyan AlQaeda are organising the 'Free Syrian Army'."

    not a surprise in the least!
    Yeah, overall the same script but with minor variations.

    Or should we say the same story line, with country appropriate modifications.

    Pakistan is another interesting nation, so I will give that one a listen
    Thanks freethinker!

    As for the theatrics?

    Obviously. Despite the actor claiming it was spontaneous.
    If it was, what did one need an actor for?

    Same with the ping pong balls.

  3. Ping-pong balls and puppet shows - I missed that NYtimes link first read through. Looks more like the work of media students than revolutionaries. I wonder if they went to the same Swedish media training institute as our hapless stooge of a few weeks ago?

    That RT report seems worryingly biased. They are keen to push the sectarian civil-war angle and although they report, in passing, the woman's complaint of being surrounded by armed gangs (clearly not army) they let it pass without comment - back to the narrative. The Russians are playing a subtle game - I suppose they have to.

    'Libyan terrorists from Belhadj brigade in Syria' - http://libyasos.blogspot.com/2011/12/libyan-terrorists-from-belhadj-brigade.html

  4. short on time this am
    will be back to check out comments later!