The CPJ 2015 International Press Freedom Awards included Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) a collective of citizen journalists reporting on IS and Syrian government activities in Raqqa, the Islamic State capital in Syria.
On the day that saw a Russian aircraft shot down over Syria, for a minor Turkish airspace violation, President Obama said “every country has a right to defend its territory and airspace” — which leads one to wonder why Syria should be denied the same right, with only two countries supporting her (Russia & Iran), according to Obama. The humanitarian crisis in Syria was created by plunderers posing as moderates, humanitarian interventionists and even journalists.
In his remarks, one of the RBSS members said “the evil which began in Syria will not stop there.” Actually the evil that is slaughtering Syria today began in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US (via Turkey)—and contrary to RBSS dreams won’t be producing “a free, democratic and united country.” One-half of Syria is already dominated by Islamic State.
It should be remembered that the Syrian uprising was fueled, in early 2011, by “Gay Girl in Damascus” — the deceit of a male American grad-student. Healthy change can’t be built on lies.