Indeed, the White Helmets often call for airstrikes targeting the Syrian government and echo foreign governments
regarding the need to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The congruence is unsurprising given that the White Helmets were founded by former U.K. intelligence officer and mercenary, James Le Mesurier, and have
received hundreds of millions of dollars from the governments of the U.S., the U.K. and Qatar.
Waters concluded his statements on the White Helmets and the current situation in Syria by asserting
What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until
we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on. Because we live in the world where propaganda seems to be more important than the
reality of what is really going on.”
BOMB FIRST, INVESTIGATE LATER
The reference to the flimsy intelligence used by the U.K., U.S. and France to justify the strikes is clear.
According to official government statements, YouTube videos, social media posts and testimony of people on the
ground in Jaysh al-Islam-controlled areas were used to justify the strikes, as opposed to actual concrete evidence that a chemical weapons attack took place, let alone who may have been responsible
if it did.
The U.S. openly admitted that it had no evidence at the time of the strike proving Assad’s government had
launched the attack, merely that it was “confident” that an attack had taken place and that the Syrian government was capable of having conducted it. Interestingly, the strikes were launched the day
before the international chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, was set to begin investigating the alleged site of the attacks in Douma.
As Waters noted, the actions of these Western governments seem to show that propaganda has become more important
than reality, as long as that propaganda serves long-standing geopolitical goals.
Top Photo | Composer and former bassist and singer of British rock band Pink Floyd Roger Waters, is seen
while touring Israel’s apartheid wall in the West Bank refugee camp of Aida in Bethlehem, Tuesday, June 2, 2009. (AP/Muhammed Muheisen)
Webb is a staff writer for MintPress News and a contributor to Ben
Swann’s Truth in Media. Her work has appeared on Global Research, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has also made radio and TV appearances on RT and Sputnik. She
currently lives with her family in southern Chile.