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How we know what we know about Syria | The Agonist

Obama administration support for Syrian rebels is based on a United Nations authorized report from November 2011. In that document, Syria is accused of committing “crimes against humanity.” The report’s co-author is a board member at a Washington, D.C. based think tank that just happens to have the former chairman of ExxonMobil, a consultant for the Saudi Binladin Group, and a former CIA executive on its board of directors.

Much of the U.S. and European press on the so-called civil war originates from a tiny organization in the United Kingdom called the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (the Observatory). The one man operation is run by a longtime opponent of Syrian Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

For the most part, this is how we know what we know about Syria.

And we know lots of nothing. As As’ad AbuKhalil said yesterday:

I really believe that someone should write a book about Western media coverage of Syria in the last year. I wish I have the time to write it but I don’t. But if someone is interested, I have ideas. This is one of the lowest moments of Western journalism since I stepped foot on US soil in 1983.

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