Does this video explain the refugee crisis "perfectly"? Not even close.

A Facebook Friend of mine recently posted the video below to his wall. According to truthdig.com (a web-site of which I'm a big fan), the video explains the Syrian refugee crisis "perfectly."

This is perfection? Don't think so. In fact, it's almost complete BS, except for its Western media-approved line that we should be nicer to refugees. (Which I'm totally OK with, but I think it's even more important that we stop creating them in the first place. But that's a different post, like maybe this one.)

I did a bit of looking, but can't find out much about "In a Nutshell," which appears to be a Youtube channel, run by, in their own words, "some guys with laptops." (See here, for example.) I don't know about you, but that doesn't do it for me.

To begin with, both videos I've looked at (here's the other one) repeat the canard that the Assad government, in response to the "Arab Spring," started a civil war on "its own people." In fact, Assad responded to the "Spring" by proposing changes to the Constitution, including multi-party democracy and elections for parliament and President. Those changes were passed in a referendum in 2012.

At the same time as demonstrators were risking their lives in Syrian streets (it is a repressive system, after all), wahhabist Islamists re-launched their own "Spring," an armed insurrection against the government, a continuation of the one in the '80s, intended to replace the secular government with an Islamist one. There were even reports of the now-ubiquitous men-in-black, a staple of CIA/MI5/Mossad disruption, shooting at both sides in the demonstrations. Many, many soldiers and police were killed between March and September, 2011, which puts the lie to the BS that demonstrations were entirely peaceful, but brutally repressed, until the FSA picked up arms in frustration, and only then began to shoot government supporters.

And, as we all know, the wahhabists are supported by groups in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and others in the GCC, as admitted by John Kerry earlier this year, in one of those "gaffes" where a "leader" forgets himself, and tells the truth. Left unexplained is why those world-leaders in the USG can't get their serfs in the GCC to stop, if they really wanted them to. The "rebels" have always been
trained by the US, Turkey, the UK, and Mossad, protected in Turkey and Jordan, and sometimes even assisted with cover fire from Turkish forces.

If this is a "civil war," I may have some real estate you'll be interested in.

According to "In a Nutshell," the Syrian population has been "trapped" between the "regime" and various other groups. That would leave unexplained why the great majority of Syrians displaced from their homes, some eight million, have fled to government-controlled areas, apparently entrapping themselves. The other four million have fled to other countries, as we well know. And it's hardly surprising that the GCC countries haven't accepted any refugees—they're too busy creating them. As are we.

Left completely unexamined in this account is the role of NATO member and our good friend Turkey in creating this particular crisis. Did the refugees "lose hope" and go? Or were they pushed. Myself, I'm guessing they were pushed. Turkey, hell-bent on regime change, but chafing at the expense of taking care of all these people: win-win, especially if no one cares to ask any questions.

Note that at 2:57, the flag displayed to represent Syrians is that of the Syrian "rebels," not the country. Interesting...

Finally, this unhelpful little video omits a matter that I've been talking about ever since little Aylan Kurdi appeared in our news pages: the "refugee crisis" in Europe consists of many, many more refugees than Syrians. But they, apparently, are the only ones we care about. Why's that? Aren't we concerned about the Libyans, Malians, Somalis, Sudanese, Iraqis, Afghanis, and many, many others who've thrown themselves into the Meditarranean, many of whom have drowned for their troubles, to escape the violence in their countries? We can't blame those on Assad, can we?

The enemy is us.

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

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