A deceptive BBC report resulted in Israel launching surface-to-surface missiles and airstrikes in Syria Friday night time, leading to in depth injury to a Syrian navy base.
It seems the bottom is identical one featured in a November BBC report which confirmed Satellite tv for pc pictures detailing the development of an “Iranian navy base” close to El-Kiswah, which lies 14 km (eight miles) south of Damascus.
Zerohedge.com experiences: As we’ve famous earlier than, the BBC report was dubiously sourced to “a Western intelligence supply” and the story was shortly utilized by Israeli leaders to ratchet up rhetoric in getting ready its case earlier than the worldwide group for additional assaults on the supposed Iranian targets. Israel has lengthy justified its assaults inside Syria by claiming to be performing towards Hezbollah and Iranian amenities and arms depots.
Certainly, BBC itself used ambiguous language in saying the satellite tv for pc pictures “appear to point out” development exercise on the web site referenced by the intelligence supply between January and October this yr. Nevertheless, the photographs don’t really present a lot in any respect associated to an Iranian navy presence, however merely a sequence of two dozen giant low-rise buildings – probably for housing troopers and autos, which might be anticipated of any state military or sovereign nation.
Moreover, the very title of the November piece – “Iran constructing everlasting navy base in Syria – declare” – underscores the whole lack of proof for such a declare, which the BBC notes within the article is “inconceivable to independently confirm.”
But in reporting final night time’s Israeli strike on Syria, the BBC uncritically referenced its personal prior unconfirmed “declare” to color an image that Israel is definitely taking motion towards Iran and Hezbollah: “Israel has hit weapons websites earlier than, in a bid to forestall arms being transferred to Syria’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah. Arms convoys specifically have been singled out by the Israeli air pressure.”
And the BBC followed this with:
Final month the BBC revealed a declare that Iran was constructing a everlasting navy base close to the city. A sequence of satellite tv for pc pictures confirmed development on the location of the alleged base, which was made recognized to the BBC by a western intelligence supply.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has beforehand warned that Israel wouldn’t enable Iran to ascertain any navy presence in Syria.
So it seems the BBC is enjoying conflict propagandist for Israel, as an alternative of together with any degree of essential inquiry concerning Israel’s unprovoked act of aggression towards its neighbor. In brief, the BBC unfold what it acknowledged to be a mere “declare” primarily based solely on an unnamed “Western intelligence supply”. Then Israel used that declare to assault Syria, after which the BBC in round trend justified the assault primarily based by itself unique doubtful “declare”.
In the meantime, nearly each main Israeli newspaper in right this moment’s reporting is prominently that includes the prior BBC report as justification for the most recent assault on Syria. The Occasions of Israel gives one such instance amongst many when it says:
The alleged Israeli assault got here three weeks after the BBC reported that Iran was constructing a everlasting navy base in Syria simply south of Damascus. The British broadcaster commissioned a sequence of satellite tv for pc photos that confirmed widespread development on the web site.
Or see this op-ed within the Jerusalem Post right this moment which references the BBC report as a watershed second:
The assault raises a number of questions. Why wait so lengthy to strike the Iranian base? What did “western intelligence sources” hope to perform by publishing info on the Iranian base? Why had been the Iranians on the web site given time to depart by their base turning into so public? The month’s exercise look like a part of a fancy recreation being waged by Iran to entrench itself in Syria and Israel’s makes an attempt to warn the Iranians off. No matter was going down at El-Kiswah had loads of time to be wrapped up and moved if the Iranians had been involved about it being struck. If the experiences about Israel’s threats to focus on websites between 40-60km from the Golan are correct then it might point out that the warnings have been manifested.
And practically each main Israeli media supply can also be republishing the BBC satellite tv for pc pictures as a part of their reporting on the in a single day strikes.
As we’ve lengthy identified, anytime that Israel carries out acts of aggression towards Syria, it will possibly simply blame Iran or Hezbollah and escape worldwide criticism or condemnation. Worldwide media and Western governments have already demonstrated a penchant for towing the Israeli line each time Iran might be conceivably blamed as a offender – proof or no proof – this as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it official Israeli coverage to oppose Iranian presence in Syria.
But what key details do the BBC and others omit?
On Tuesday Israel’s personal Protection Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that there are not any Iranian navy forces in Syria, however as an alternative merely caught to acknowledging “Iranian consultants and advisers”. In feedback to Israel’s Ynet information, Lieberman admitted, “It’s true that there are a selection of Iranian consultants and advisers, however there isn’t any Iranian navy pressure on Syrian land.”
Clearly, Protection Minister Lieberman’s assertion flies within the face of claims made by Netanyahu in his speech earlier than the UN Normal Meeting this yr when Netanyahu stated, “We are going to act to forestall Iran from establishing everlasting navy bases in Syria for its air, sea and floor forces. We are going to act to forestall Iran from producing lethal weapons in Syria… And we are going to act to forestall Iran from opening new terror fronts towards Israel alongside our northern border.”
In different phrases, Israel’s prime navy chief very publicly contradicted each Netanyahu’s and the BBC’s claims of Iranian navy bases on Syrian soil, but the BBC uncared for to say such important info. Thus, it seems that the mainstream media is getting ready us for conflict… however sadly, that is nothing new.