Monday, July 30, 2012

Syrian Destabilization Campaign: Kronen Zeitung Photoshop Propaganda

by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: The Obama administration has cleared the way for U.S. NGOs to provide financial and technical support to the marauding terrorist groups in Syria.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) last week sent the waiver to Brian Sayers, of the Syrian Support Group, which describes itself as “a United States-based non-profit organization committed to supporting the Free Syrian Army.”
“The OFAC decision is huge,” Sayers said. “It gets us the leeway to support the Free Syrian Army in broad terms.”
The Syrian Support Group, according to Sayers, aims to “provide direct support for the FSA, and to stand up the Free Syrian Army as the future Syrian Army,” which “requires both short term things — financial operations, logistics support, communications— but also long-term support: security sector reform, a training doctrine.” AntiWar
Apparently it’s now OK to provide weapons and cash to terrorist organizations just so long as you are an NGO funded by the same corporations that will swoop in and pick the meat off the bones of the Syrian civilization in the aftermath of the pending humanitarian shock and awe.
Remember when the BBC ran a photo taken in Iraq and claimed it was all the little kids killed in the Houla Massacre (which was actually committed by the “Free Syrian Army” by the way)? Remember “Syrian Danny” or the “Gay Girl from Damascus“? Remember those little pro-regime change psyops?
Well, thanks to a head’s up from one of my readers, we have a new bit of disinformation to add to the growing list of efforts made by the international complicit press to demonize the Assad government in Syria. A paper in Austria has taken an image from Homs and Photoshopped a family onto it and now they claim it’s from Aleppo.
Alana pointed me to a posting on Reddit which appears to show how an Austrian newspaper Photoshopped an image of a Syrian couple walking with their infant onto an image of some burnt out buildings apparently claiming it was Aleppo. Here’s the image. (thanks Alana)
The paper is the Kronen Zeitung which reportedly reaches about 2.7 million readers making it the largest in Austria. Here is the original photo taken in Aleppo.
Headline translates as “Assad’s army rolls with tanks to the ‘mother of all battles.’”
It looks to me like they took a photo from Homs and superimposed the couple on it. I’ve been looking through some of the Homs images and the architecture looks right but I can’t find the exact photo.
ah. It was Homs. Those Reddit guys are great…

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