Phil Greaves: "Progressive" Mainstream Media Supports the Destabilization
and Balkanization of Syria. Since the onset of the Syrian crisis, Martin Chulov of the Guardian has continuously been one of the most prominent journalists whose coverage, to put it kindly, has been skewed beyond any recognition of objective journalism. His narratives have systematically relied on sectarian overtones and cherry picked activist quotes from such bastions of objectivity as the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Chulov has gone to great lengths to portray the conflict in simplistic and sectarian terms: Assad the Alawite, versus the Sunni majority. The large part of Syrian society that ardently support their president has gone largely unmentioned in his coverage. The larger still part of Syrian society that simply want the war to end, and the militants to leave their towns and villages so they can attempt to rebuild their lives have been callously brushed aside by war-profiteers such as Chulov, who willingly ignore the much larger sections of Syrian society that don't abide his bias narrative. Chulov perniciously attempts to lead the reader to believe the whole Syrian public is fighting against a regime and its security infrastructure. The simple fact that the majority of men fighting the Salafi/Jihadi dominated rebels within the Syrian Army itself are Sunni Syrians belies his whole false sectarian narrative. Chulovs latest article is no exception. The sectarian melodrama is set in this title: Sunnis fear Assad wants to ethnically cleanse Alawhite heartland, in usual fashion, Chulov plays on manufactured sectarian fear and a growing western narrative that Assad is planning on building an Alawite enclave in the western provinces of Syria reaching to the Mediterranean coast, the heartland of Assad's Alawite sect. The sub-title, illuminates Chulovs simplistic rendering and the basis for his Alawite enclave theory: Homs land registry fire and handing out arms to villagers fuel concerns that an Alawite-Shiah enclave is being formed in Syria. Chulov lays the foundations of his theory with these basic facts, Assad is arming farmers and villagers, ie: Syrian men of military age, that are willing to fight the extremist dominated insurgency Chulov has propagated and promoted for the best part of two years. Yet Chulov is eager to portray these farmers and villagers as evil Shabiha intent on sectarian cleansing. And, lo and behold, the land registry in Homs has burnt down! It seems Chulov has forgotten Homs has been a conflict zone for quite some time, constantly under bombardment from either rebels, or the SAA attempting to remove them. This includes a massive air and artillery campaign on the SAAs part. Again, it is beyond Chulovs wildest imaginations that this particular building may well be under government auspices, therefore a prime target for his beloved rebels. Indeed, since the very first week of the crisis in Daraa, militants attacked Government buildings and offices, often setting them ablaze. In Chulovs investigative mind, there is only one explanation: the Shabiha set the land registry ablaze to remove proof of land ownership, his anonymous source, in an almost Sherlock-Watson moment of journalistic drama confirms Chulovs suspicions.