Wag the Dog: Media Publish Photoshop Forgery to Sell Image of War Torn Syria

Aaron Dykes
July 31, 2012

While mainstream press have been hailing the virtues of the alliance between al Qaeda, the Syrian Free Army and the West in opposing Assad in Syria, they’ve also been caught once again “faking the war” to play up sympathy for an all out invasion.

Austria’s largest daily paper, Kronen Zeitung, with some 3 million readers daily, published this sympathetic photo, seemingly portraying a man carrying a baby and a woman in burka fleeing from some war-torn corner of Aleppo. However, it was later exposed to be a Photoshop forgery, juxtaposing the people walking on a normal looking corner with that of a blown out city block ravaged by heavy damage.

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The subjects were apparently taken from the previously-published file photo credited to the European Pressphoto Agency, as the publishing notes next to the image indicate. The revealing side by side comparison was first posted to Reddit.com.

Gizmodo points out:

Just to be clear, the family in the photograph is, in fact, in Syria; the original photo (on the right) came from the European Pressphoto Agency. But merely fleeing a city ravaged by guns and mortars apparently isn’t quite dramatic enough on its own. The editors of the Krone—as it’s commonly called—needed this baby to sing.

A nearly identical example of war propaganda is depicted in the 1997 film Wag the Dog, where green screen technology was used to place an actor in a studio with a kitten in a war torn zone in Bosnia:

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To be sure, the entire perception of the conflict in Syria has been (purposely) distorted in the media, including many blatant lies.

Remember the Syrian Danny hoax?

Advocating intervention, “Syrian Danny” was caught faking gun fire on CNN in order to portray heavy fighting that wasn’t really going on in the background while he literally begged for Western-backed forces to enter Syria and overthrow Assad. Paul Joseph Watson described the hoax: While waiting to be connected, Danny says, “Well, let the gunfire sound then,” before subsequently asking someone off camera, “Did you tell him to get the gunfire ready?” An explosion is heard soon after, but Danny doesn’t even flinch. The following video demonstrates this amazing stunt, which correlated with numerous other exaggerated reports issued by propaganda-activist Danny.

Another hoax was revealed after the BBC falsely portrayed an Assad-led massacre of children in Houla, using a photo from dead children in Iraq to play up the scale of the atrocity, which was later found to be the work of the al Qaeda-led Free Syrian Army.

A reported massacre in Homs was likewise a deception:

Obviously, these incredible lies and deceptions are not limited to the Syrian conflict, but have become a mainstay in this age of modern media. From the phony babies in incubators testimony to demonize Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf war, to the lies about WMDs in Iraq the next time around, false flag events to start most 20th Century wars, and so much more: these lies are not crafted to fool fact checkers, critics, historians or true investigative reporters, but to goad the general public into a wave of hysteria ensuring enough support to start a war and profit from the destruction.

Is it any wonder the chemical weapons / WMD story is being rehashed to drum up a crescendo of apparent legitimacy for an otherwise naked coup? They are literally asking the public to cheer for al Qaeda.

Modern warfare is no longer limited to the physical assault. Television and the Internet have made propaganda an indispensable force to wage war by other means– besieging allies and public support to isolate Assad and diffuse his defenses on the media/international community front long enough to complete the kill. Syria, like Libya, has been a classic proxy war, with the hidden hand of the United States and its western allies only partial obscured. That is, in the most general sectors of public knowledge, opinion and discussion about the Syrian conflict is saturated with the deliberately crafted lie demonizing the target and producing mass levels of knee-jerk support for the action. In this case: bad guy = Assad Gaddafi Saddam Bin Laden baby talk about boogie men.

But the truth is plainly laid as well, for anyone willing to face it.


Take a look at some of the videos analyzed in this story. The Syrian rebels have been on a killing spree. And they’ve been killing as many civilians, including women and children, as they have government forces backing Assad. After all, they are the feared al Qaeda forces, pursuing the radical goals of the jihadists in an even more radical partnership with the West. While the Assad regime is authoritarian and hardly supportable, the entire action is timed around policy based in Washington, D.C. We’ve been lied to about who the good guys are in Syria (nobody in power wears a white hat in those parts).

There is no avoiding the fact that while TSA expands across the public sector to catch imaginary terrorists and harass the public, the nation’s military forces are NOT fighting al Qaeda overseas; we are currently giving them aid, comfort, and new claims to mideast power, as in Libya, and now in Syria.

VIDEO: Al-Qaeda 100% Pentagon Run

Even the casual reader of news is made plainly aware that the U.S. ran al Qaeda forces in Libya, and were openly allies, and then al Qaeda “rebel” forces were literally airlifted to Syria, and again allied openly with the west to topple Assad next, despite the double think mental power necessary to reconcile the contradiction of intentionally fueling America’s enemy no. 1 in the enduring War on Terror. Assad’s Syria itself just another domino on what has been termed in official war/policy plans as the Path to Persia.

LONDON TELEGRAPH: Libya: the West and al-Qaeda on the same side
NY TIMES: In Libya, Former Enemy Is Recast in Role of Ally
RT: Al-Qaeda and West in cahoots in Syria?
REUTERS: Local wars blur al Qaeda’s threat to West
LONDON TELEGRAPH: Syria’s crisis is leading us to unlikely bedfellows
TONY CARTALUCCI: Al Qaeda Backs US Regime Change in Syria
TONY CARTALUCCI: Brookings’ “Which Path to Persia?”

Nearly as transparent is the farce of Syrian opposition as anything other than a mouthpiece of western power. Syrian National Transitional Council head Bassma Kodmani attended the 2012 Bilderberg meeting with obvious designs on toppling Assad. Kodmani has, of course, attended before and has a pedigree that includes ties to the Council on Foreign Relations, the Ford Foundation, and, through her father, the United Nations. She and her colleagues are clear puppets for Hillary Clinton’s State Dept., the semi-covert Arab Spring action, and other usual suspects like Goldman Sachs and George Soros. Not exactly vox populi material. The big players are running this Syria thing from the sidelines, there’s no confusing it.

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Comment by raymond _______ on August 1, 2012 at 1:18pm

Some porkie pies being told about Syria.After watching General Wesley Clark on youtube I have no doubt its all a well laid plan. 

Comment by Dianne Stallark on August 1, 2012 at 12:39pm

What’s going on in OUR COUNTRY!
Land of the brave, home of the FREE
What happened to DEMOCRACY?
it's been replaced by dishonesty
by those who're  trying to decieve.
It's just  like a conspiracy
we don't know WHO/WHAT to believe.
     In our endeavor to be free
against a Core-rupt policy,
imposed on US, imposed on WE.
we can't sit back and LET IT BE!
    With Ignorance, Complacency
we can NOT  claim a VICTORY
to loose the BONDS of tyranny
 known as our bureaucracy!
SO,Apathy  and lethargy
Can not be our legacy!
    Oh not to be an odious one
it’s all in jest, it’s all in fun
my rant, my rave has just begun
WE'LL keep on going until we’re done
We'll  fight the WAR until we’ve won!

Comment by Vida Smith Compton on August 1, 2012 at 11:23am

All of this is part of the False Flag before the fact of the US and UN attack on Iran...Only proving to me that it is the way  Obama will bring November's election to a screeching halt ,with an EO declaration of War against Iran....Marshal Law will insue, dropping the election in it's tracks...  The perpetual beginning of the End of the Constitution and any Freedoms ,Rights, and liberties we may have left deal soon....







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