Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.
-Martin Luther King, Jr., Beyond Vietnam
What follows are three very distressing and informative video reports (the latter two of which contain highly disturbing footage apparently featuring CIA-trained Syrian rebels prior to the moment they decapitate a twelve-year-old boy, and the White Helmets arriving at a scene of an execution immediately after it has occurred – their timing incredulously incredible, or their involvement staged, or, more likely, pre-agreed upon) that attempt to examine the origins, tactics, and funding sources of the White Helmets. Western media regularly extols the bravery of the White Helmets, and while it may be true that members of this organization are indeed brave and its origins were once noble, the videos below make a compelling case that their leadership is sectarian, that some of their members are armed and rub shoulders with the jihadi terrorist organization the al-Nusra Front, and that they have been founded in part by western mercenary firms. Contrary to their website claims that they do not accept any money from governments or corporations so as to remain independent, in April of this year the deputy spokesperson of USAID admitted that USAID has provided the White Helmets with $23 million dollars, and journalist Vanessa Beeley believes that a conservative estimate of their combined funding from the US, UK, Japan, Denmark, Holland, and Germany is $100 million.
While the lies and actions of White Helmets may play a small role in the greater conflict that is the Syrian Civil War (which has become a proxy war between the U.S and Russia), the truth of their motives and operations is important in relation to the mainstream media and government officials and agencies whom regularly invoke the necessity for military intervention in Syria in order to end the terror of the Assad regime. What does is say if the mainstream media, Netflix, and sadly, The Intercept and many respectable NGOs are toeing the line of the United States and NATO narrative on the White Helmets, convincing us that they should be considered respectable recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize and that their alleged humanitarian work highlights the brutality of a regime that kills its own people, when in reality it appears that western militaristic agencies are fueling, funding, and supporting this very same organization which is affiliated with Islamic fanatics and whose members kill innocent people in Syria? This may be a stretch, but to me it means that they are trying to pull the wool over our eyes and drag us into an insane and irrecoverable conflict. This is total and absolute insanity, and if we don’t start paying attention to what our government is doing and begin taking action to stop them, then not only will the conflict in Syria rage on into further ruin, but it will be a mere footnote in the greater war which shall erupt from this one and likely envelope millions more into the flames.