…yet the blood of the innocent flows…

…from barbaric savagery, both crude and sophisticated…

Colonialism. Imperialism. Oppression. Retaliation. The legacy. In that region, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia… And the innocent pay – even at wedding celebrations, courtesy the US or its major Middle Easter arms purchaser. We are ever witness to even tragedy and grief being ruthlessly displaced by the choreographed, the theatre of the absurd marketed for the tv screen.

Yes, that business of weapon sales to ‘allies’. The US, Britain and France sell to whom? The volume of such sales? And what groups does the major weapons purchaser support? And what groups do the weapons sellers support? What groups? From ‘moderate’ terrorists to terrorists, beastly only when so ordered by their Western handlers?

Jim Naureckas, editor of the blog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, fair.org, wastes no time in getting to the point: corporate media have been remiss, delinquent in, or worse, abidcated, their responsibility in news reporting, Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes

At the time of the attacks in Paris, FAIR’s website led with a piece by Ben Norton (11/13/15) about US reporting on the ISIS bombing in Beirut—noting references to the civilian neighborhood targeted by the bombing as a Hezbollah “stronghold” (MSNBC, 11/13/15), “bastion” (Reuters, 11/12/15) or “area” (NPR, 11/12/15). Given this framing—and the generally limited amount of coverage granted to the Lebanese victims—it’s unsurprising that the Beirut terror failed to provoke the same sorrow, horror and identification among US audiences that the Paris massacres did.


…By last summer, Western airstrikes against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria had reportedly killed at least 459 civilians, including more than 100 children (Guardian, 8/3/15).

Nor does the piece asking “why us?” mention that France has been “the most prominent backer of Syria’s armed opposition,” (Guardian, 12/7/12), giving funds to rebels trying to overthrow the Damascus government as early as 2012. When ISIS took advantage of the Syrian civil war to occupy large portions of the country, France doubled down by sending weapons directly to  insurgents, with President François Hollande saying that “we should not stop the support that we have given to these rebels who are the only ones to take part in the democratic process” just because such support had helped the apocalyptic ISIS movement to thrive (AFP, 8/21/14).

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We continue with alternative online blogs which do what corporate media fail to do, provide reliable and accurate news and contextual news analysis. From TeleSUR,  analysis by Belén Fernández, Beirut and Paris: A Tale of Two Terror Attacks, sample,

As news arrived yesterday of terror attacks in Paris that ultimately left more than 120 people dead, U.S. President Barack Obama characterized the situation as “heartbreaking” and an assault “on all of humanity.”

Presidential sympathy had been conspicuously absent the previous day when terror attacks in Beirut left more than 40 dead. Predictably, Western media and social media were much less vocal about the slaughter in Lebanon. And while many of us are presumably aware, to some degree, of the discrepancy in value assigned to people’s lives on the basis of nationality and other factors, the back-to-back massacres in Beirut and Paris served to illustrate without a doubt the fact that, when it comes down to it, “all of humanity” doesn’t necessarily qualify as human.

Robert Fisk of the Independent, cross-posted over at common dreams blog, a sample of key points, France’s Unresolved Algerian War Sheds Light on the Paris Attack

It wasn’t just one of the attackers who vanished after the Paris massacre. Three nations whose history, action – and inaction – help to explain the slaughter by Isis have largely escaped attention in the near-hysterical response to the crimes against humanity in Paris: Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

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The French-Algerian identity of one of the attackers demonstrates how France’s savage 1956-62 war in Algeria continues to infect today’s atrocities. The absolute refusal to contemplate Saudi Arabia’s role as a purveyor of the most extreme Wahabi-Sunni form of Islam, in which Isis believes, shows how our leaders still decline to recognise the links between the kingdom and the organisation which struck Paris…

Whenever the West is attacked and our innocents are killed, we usually wipe the memory bank. Thus, when reporters told us that the 129 dead in Paris represented the worst atrocity in France since the Second World War, they failed to mention the 1961 Paris massacre of up to 200 Algerians participating in an illegal march against France’s savage colonial war in Algeria. Most were murdered by the French police, many were tortured in the Palais des Sports and their bodies thrown into the Seine. The French only admit 40 dead. The police officer in charge was Maurice Papon, who worked for Petain’s collaborationist Vichy police in the Second World War, deporting more than a thousand Jews to their deaths.

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From John Pilger, From Pol Pot to ISIS: The blood never dried, similar context ignored by corporate media,

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a “merciless” attack on the rubble of Syria, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty.

As a witness to the human consequences of aerial savagery – including the beheading of victims, their parts festooning trees and fields – I am not surprised by the disregard of memory and history, yet again. A telling example is the rise to power of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge, who had much in common with today’s Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They, too, were ruthless medievalists who began as a small sect. They, too, were the product of an American-made apocalypse, this time in Asia.

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Vijay Prashad’s post over at common dreams blog, excerpts, We Are in Pitiless Times,

Where did these ISIS attackers come from? The temptation is to blame religion or race, to take the eye off more substantial areas of investigation. Amnesia is the order of the day. Each terror attack on the west resets the clock. No-one must pay attention to the western and Saudi-backed World Muslim League, whose job was to destroy the forces of secular nationalism and communism in the Arab world in the 1960s and 1970s. All those who were on the good side of history fell to the sword, destroyed as anti-Islamic in order to protect the Gulf Arab emirates and the Saudi kingdom as well as western interests in oil and power.

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Here from The Guardian, an item that would be given greater depth by The Intercept, 41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground

A related post at common dreams by Laura Gottesdiener of DemocracyNow!,  One Night in Kunduz, One Morning in New York, as malice aforethought confronts its justification eagerly accepted and promoted by corporate media,

…As the story changed, culpability shifted back and forth. The Afghans, not the Americans, had called in the attack. No, the Afghans never directly called in the attack. The Americans called in the attack from within the U.S. chain of command.

In the end, the bottom line from Washington was: we’re conducting a full investigation and one of these days we’ll get back to you with the details.


There is, at least, one aspect both accounts agree on: the timing.

It’s undisputed that the attack occurred on October 3, 2015 — just over nine months afterPresident Obama officially declared the ending of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan.

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Context. Frame of reference. To reinforce the point of Jim Naureckas, fair blog’s editor, on the role of the journalist in news reporting vs cheer-leading jingoism, here, the quintessentially corporate CNN confirms its role, G20 Reporter to Obama: You Called ISIS the “Jayvee Team”… Why Can’t We Take Out These Bastards?

Irony. Even during WW II, the name was still ‘War’, the ‘Ministry for War’ (UK), the ‘War Department’ (US). The euphemistic, soothing name is now, ‘Defence’, ‘Defense’. The power of marketing and deception.

The point is made.

… to ‘why do they hate us?’ – ‘any need to list the reasons?’, santayana would respond…