Lies. Ever since the US moved its factories to poor countries, it’s become a huge factory for weapons and lies.

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One example is how we are fed demonizing news about the Assad regime. We are supposed to accept the label ‘dictator’ without further arguments, we are asked to accept that he uses gas, without any evidence, we are told a popular uprising occured in the country, without any outside support, just like that, and we are supposed to believe that Assad is still in charge purely due to the use of brute force against ‘his own people’. Apparently his supporters are robots and not real people who may actually want to keep the governement in the saddle. We are rarely told that fanatics from all over the world flock to Syria to slash and burn and wreck the country. They have pretty easy access to Syria, quite a few of them are experienced fighters who saw combat in Chechnya and Libya.

The same strategy was used in Libya, but much more openly, because the Russians had too little at stake there to intervene. It took months and months of bombing by the word’s most advanced aircraft to finally brutally execute the leader of that country without any form of trial. Hillary Clinton giggled with a relish when she talked about his demise. A bit odd that it took the ‘popular uprising’ so long to get rid of him, even with the western world’s air force on its side. Could it be that the ‘popular’ mood was in favor of Gaddafi and not against him? He was certainly no angel, but is the country so much better off now? Surely education, infrastructure, social security, etc was much better off under Gaddafi. Even Donald Trump has said it was a mistake to get rid of him in the way it was done. He was also an important pawn in the west’s attempts to contain the flood of refugees from Africa seeking a better life in Europe. Now Libya has become a big playground for all sorts of radicals who spread their wings and land in Syria.

330px-Ron_Paul,_official_Congressional_photo_portrait,_2007.jpgThe following interview was translated from Dutch to English and reposted on a website linked to the American politician Ron Paul. He’s a libertarian who has run for the presidency, and is quite popular despite the fact that the mainstream media usually ignore him. He usually speaks out against any American intervention plans or projects.

In the interview, Daniël Maes, a Flemish priest who lives in Syria, says:

‘The idea that a popular uprising took place against President Assad is completely false. I’ve been in Qara since 2010 and I have seen with my own eyes how agitators from outside Syria organized protests against the government and recruited young people. That was filmed and aired by Al Jazeera to give the impression that a rebellion was taking place. Murders were committed by foreign terrorists, against the Sunni and Christian communities, in an effort to sow religious and ethnic discord among the Syrian people. While in my experience, the Syrian people were actually very united.

Before the war, this was a harmonious country: a secular state in which different religious communities lived side by side peacefully. There was hardly any poverty, education was free, and health care was good. It was only not possible to freely express your political views. But most people did not care about that.’

So things were not perfect under Assad, but they were a lot better than they are now.

Assad had to go because of foreign interests (a pipeline from Qatar to Europe that Assad was against, and Syria’s ties to Iran and Hezbollah, to name just two factors)

Read the interview here.

Or if you know Dutch, you can read the original version here.