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White Helmets No Angels of Mercy
... nor has Assad threatened them with death
Canada has accepted 117 former humanitarian volunteers fleeing Syria
Not exactly "fleeing", nor are they "ordinary people" when you consider that the White Helmets' humanitarian work was carried out in aid of the rebel factions and not the Syrian people at large.
It's also disingenuous to refer to Irwin Cotler simply as a "human rights lawyer" considering his history of loyalty first to Israel and the myth of its vulnerability in the Middle East being capitalized upon to explain away Israel's aggression against its neighbours.
Cotler, it seems is so loyal to Israel, that he would muzzle ordinary Canadians, making it a crime to criticize not only a Jew, but also the actions of the State of Israel.
If Assad is an evil dictator, then what was Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in 1970 during Canada's "October Crisis"? When the FLQ protested violently did Trudeau decide to be gentle with them? On the contrary. I personally witnessed long convoys of military vehicles heading into Ottawa under cover of night. Trudeau -- duly elected by a majority of Canadians -- was preparing for all-out war against the rebel minority.
The more pressure he placed on the FLQ members, the more desperate they became in response, ultimately killing hostage Pierre Laporte.
CBC Timeline: Oct 16
Yes, Trudeau ordered the breaking down of doors in the middle of the night -- as did Hitler seeking out Jews; as does Israel routing out Palestinians. See him (Video Oct 1970) responding in a similar manner to that of Assad: firm, reasoned, pragmatic and determined to overcome sedition.
Sedition is an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government. (Artha)
In the United States:
A person found guilty of seditious conspiracy or advocating the overthrow of the government may be fined and sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
In Canada, the penalty for sedition is no more than 14 years in prison.
Had the FLQ received outside help in the form of money and weapons (from France, for example -- see the faux pas "Vive le Quebec Libre" [Long live free Quebec!] committed by Charles de Gaulle on a visit to Canada in 1967) how much more Assad-like would Trudeau have acted?
I'm not trying to entirely exonerate Bashar Assad (or Pierre Trudeau), but he was elected by the majority of Syrians precisely because of his secular, largely, though not entirely, democratic governance.
Facing facts, any kind of protest in Syria would create an excuse for Israel/US to feel justified in the plan to "restructure" the Middle East. See Video of how Condoleezza Rice delighted AIPAC, during the GW Bush administration, making no bones whatsoever in proclaiming the ultimate right to "Restructure the Middle East" at whatever cost to humanity itself -- by supporting local "revolutions" of citizens desiring "freedom".
Common sense, therefore, has to inform that any dissent in the Middle East would be supported by the West -- even fomented, encouraged, augmented, financed and weaponized -- and that it stands to reason that any entity working within rebel-held areas, in this case the White Helmets, would be financed and abetted by the West.
Does it not seem obvious who stood to benefit from the utter destruction of Syria when a rabid Zionist like Irwin Cotler is the push behind the several nominations of the White Helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize? Or that it is still held out that videos made by the White Helmets were proof of Assad's butchery -- though ultimately proven to be faked?
As early as late 2016 the White Helmets admitted to making fake films for Western consumption "to raise awareness of the suffering of the Syrian people". BBC
Not the suffering of "the Syrian people" at large, as suggested, but for a minority of disgruntled Syrians engaged in an armed rebellion against a highly popular, liberal, secular, duly elected leader while financed, weaponized, aided and abetted by the West.
Did Assad threaten to slaughter White Helmets who remained behind? Not according to Global News which quoted him as follows:
As in the law books of the United States and Canada, however, Syrian justice might well have kept them in prison for a long, long time.
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