The lies about Syria all got too much for citizen journalist and Aussie nana Gail Malone, so she packed a bag and went and checked it out for herself. I caught up with her today to find out what she saw. – Caity Johnstone

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In April, as part of our fact finding mission, we travelled to Aleppo.  We visited a hospital there which MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctor’s Without Borders) has accused Assad and Russia of deliberately bombing.  The White Helmets reported all hospitals in Eastern Aleppo had been destroyed, clearly this is not the case.  MSF also mentioned that they had not given either Syria or Russia the co-ordinates of ‘their’ hospitals.  As you will see from the photographs the hospital has not been bombed, although mortar and small weapons fire is obvious.  Factors to note; no one from MSF are actually on the ground to verify what they are being told.  There was no aerial bombardment at the time of the report and the liberation.  Aleppo was predominately a ground offensive … suburb to suburb, block to block, street to street and house to house and room to room.


This building, the Aleppo Eye Hospital (photo 1 above), was turned from a modern hospital, servicing the community for free, into a place of death and despair.  All under the auspices of MSF.  Under international law however, the hospital was no longer eligible for protected status, as it was being used for torture and servicing the local takfiri groups.  Therefore forfeiting the protection a hospital is supposed to ensure.


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This MSF ‘hospital’ had a women’s section, a men’s section, a Sharia school for the kiddies and a literal dungeon consisting of hundreds of solitary confinement cells and a Sharia Court.  A one stop, Wahhabi terror shop.  We saw plenty of evidence of everyone’s favourite Oscar winners.  The White Helmets had left behind evidence in their rush to stay with their murdering mates on their way to Idlib, following the money as it were.  Hollywood, particularly George Clooney, must be so proud.  Stick a ‘white hat’ on anyone and in the eyes of a gullible audience they must be the heroes … brainwashing 101.


There where all manner of medical supplies, supplies that never made their way to the majority of the civilians, held to ransom by groups operating out of a MSF claimed hospital.  I hope people are fully grasping what this means.  There where empty glass vials scattered on the ground, and evidence of a Norwegian NGO’s supplies being stored at this base, also a Turkish NGO’s blanket and Syrian American Medical Society stickers, among others on the walls .  If, as reported in the west, Assad and Russia were besieging Aleppo and not allowing aid in, how did the takfiris get their hands on these vital supplies?


We saw graffiti on the walls of cells the hapless victims were held in this place of horrors.  One read; ‘God help my children’.  The once fully functioning hospital was used by the takfiris against the Syrian government and MSF went along for the ride.  With a number of hard line terrorist supporter journalists, like Australia’s Sophie McNeill and CNN’s Clarissa Ward preferring not to delve too deeply into their sources, giving the terrorists a life of their own as good Samaritans.  Still, I guess that’s journalism these days.  We all know the famous Malcolm X quote about believing the guilty.


There is now enough evidence to link the White Helmets with terrorism.  Hypothetically, if not enough to arrest them, there’s plenty of evidence to warrant an investigation and one would think enough to raise an eyebrow in Hollywood, but no.  Tinsel Town seems to be in for the long haul, toughing it out. How they will recover from this is anyone’s guess.  Like Iraq, the truth of Syria will eventually see the light of day.  Will any of these journalists, actors and NGOs complicit in the great lie of the Syrian Crisis face justice?  Time will tell but justice, like international law, seems a quaint idea from the past.

Updated 6th June, 2017

Note: link below contains many of the logos of ‘NGOs’ we saw in the hospital.  On page 19 there is a photo of the above hospital before Aleppo was liberated.  This brings all these groups under suspicion of supporting jihadist in Syria.

Updated 7th August, 2017

Konflikten i Syria har skapt den største flyktningkrisen siden andre verdenskrig. [?]

We visited Ma’aloula on the anniversary of her liberation at Easter in 2014.  I was in Damascus at the time of the libration and could see, from the Dama Rose Hotel, the smoke from the battle in the distance.  At the time we were unaware of the significance of those plumes of smoke.

We can hear in the following video, as told by Dentist Dr. Joseph Saadeh, from the earliest, the FSA had nothing to do with freedom for the people of Ma’aloula.  They always were sectarian, opportunistic criminals.

Words cannot describe the wholesale destruction of the old area of Homs.  In 2014, I visited Homs within two days of a double car bomb attack, an attack directed at women and children at the market.  Survivors told us the reason for their targeting by takfiris, it was simply that they supported their President.  Young men chanted ‘bombs or no bombs, Assad or no one.’

Now residents can sleep without the fear of being tormented by these criminals, since the evacuation of them under the reconciliation plans of the government.  One can be overwhelmed by the destruction, when looking at the big picture, and forget the lives that once lived peacefully in these areas.  I hope I can show you a little of the lives, never forgot the lives.

We witnessed the incredibly media savvy terrorists being evacuated from Homs to Idlib.  They are allowed to take one weapon and their families, I saw chickens too.  Their worldly goods stowed on buses.  This enables the people they have terrorised for years respite from years of horror, and a chance to rebuild their lives.

18056941_1384618944929070_4372700014448321362_nThey were quite aware of the presence of western journalists, smiling, throwing victory signs, most went about their business.  This series of photos shows their cynicism.

18010268_1384619441595687_6007391276020786000_nCan you bring me a baby about yay big?  This may not have been exactly what he said, but this is what happened.  Call it poetic licence at the absurdity of it all.

17951815_1384619104929054_3675870183862533078_nYeah, that one will do.

17951954_1384619284929036_5958886981091274976_nWhere are those photographers?

18032996_1384619234929041_4812629916435047638_nHere we go, the money shot eyeballing the lens.  The message; moderate rebels are just like any other dad, they love their kids too … but shhh about the one who sent his very small daughters into Damascus as suicide bombers.  What proud parents.

I’ve been going to Syria for many years now, and I don’t like doing the politician rounds.  On my first trip I remember saying; I’m going to have to wear a paper bag over my head for the rest of my life, after having escorts with sirens and the like and god forbid meeting with Dr. Assad.  I distanced myself from those who had a set idea, or what seemed to be partisan political views.  I wanted to be a blank canvas, putting my niggling doubts at what we were being told out of my mind and watched and listened to Syrians and talked with them whenever I could.  It wasn’t always easy as schedules were full with all sorts of meetings.  But if we were held up on the road I’d have my head out the window asking; English?

At the University of Damascus we visited the Faculty of Architecture and I had more opportunity to speak with students.  We were told of the mortar attack on their faculty and the students who died. More than 20 students were killed by ‘moderate rebels’ firing indiscriminately on their campus.  We visited the bronze monument to the young martyrs, it was a a simple but poignant stack of books. Along the road leaving the University of Damascus I could literally smell home, the avenue was lined with eucalypts bursting in the red gum blossoms of the West.  The smell of home gave me pause to reflect on how this amount of violence, directed at the young, would tear at our hearts and yet we know little of Syrians stories and mostly care not to look for them.  We are blinded by the narrative that is selective about what is deemed for our eyes, carefully designed to tug at moral outrage, yet keep us passive against a critical thought.  We become reactive and emotive, this is not by accident. When the West decides on a new war, the first stop is to a PR firm whose job it is to sell us on the next war.

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I was stopped in Umayyad Mosque by two young women, they wanted their photo with me because I was a foreigner, they asked me to please tell the truth of Syria when I get home.  A simple request that I have been asked in one form or another, by many Syrians from all walks of life.  Not a big ask, or it shouldn’t be.  It is mind boggling to me that any number of paid think tank talking heads, ‘journalists’, politicians, analysts and NGOs who never set foot in Syria, words are taken at face value but those doing the hard yards on the ground are dismissed and demonised. Once local knowledge, being on the ground and returning to check, double check and learn more was a good thing, now its value is dismissed out of hand.  The most dangerous people in the world are the ones for which money means very little, these people are the true truth seekers and can’t be bought.  No amount of money will convince me to ’embroider’ on the truth, I have no sacred cows, I answer to no one and am too old to care what other’s think.

In a TV station a young man was charged with me, keeping me happy with tea, coffee, juice or water and conversation.  He told me before the crisis it was safe to sleep in the street in Syria, now it was not safe to sleep in one’s home.  He told me he was scared, but more scared to leave ‘mother Syria’ for fear he’d never return.  He mused on the idea that Westerners’ don’t think it could happen in their countries, we didn’t think this could happen in Syria, he said softly.  The world of Syrians has been turned upside down relative to our moral compasses, usurped and manipulated in the ‘free world’. Free speech advocates sign documents to silence, truth gurus completely out of step with actual facts, actors and musicians openly cheerleading for takfiris and convincing a gullible public to spend their hard earned money on donations to al Qaeda via the White Helmets.  People are happily funding terrorism, the thing that scares them the most.

People often accused al Jazeera of lying about Syria.  There were comments to the effect that al Jazeera were doing more than misreporting and were far more hands on than that.  Actor/activist Mohamed Rafea, was tortured and killed for his outspokenness regarding the machinations of those interfering in his country and al Jazeera’s role in the bloodletting.  The use of radio in Rwanda came to mind; ‘cut the tall trees’.  There was also a general distrust of the BBC, not without good reason.  If you are truly seeking to plough through the propaganda, you need to know what it looks like, understand competing narratives and listen to the few, the rare few who travel Syria with no other notion than disseminating facts.  We have no agenda other than truth and a willingness to put ourselves in harms way to bring this madness to an end in the best way each of us can muster. There’s no training, we dive in and somehow find our niche.  Happily, more young people are seeking the truth of Syria, simply because they are inquisitive young humans with brave hearts and a nose that can smell a rat.

In 2014, I was in Syria again, this time my eldest son came with me.  I had more opportunity to speak with people that trip, from IDPs in Latakia to Palestinians in Yamouk.  People up and down the country supported their President and loved their army.  Given every family in Syria would have a member in the military, why wouldn’t they?  That is not to say everyone agrees with everything about their government, peoples across the world have gripes with their governments but that in no way means all these people wish to destroy the apparatus of their State or wish to overthrow their President.  To believe otherwise gives lie to any credibility you may think you have.  I was told that the Syrian army was old, past it, so to speak, I was dumbfounded, virtually speechless, where do people get these ideas, people many believe know a thing or two?  Certainly not on the ground in Syria.  There are so many beautiful young men fighting for their nation’s survival.  There are also so many beautiful young women, equally fighting for their survival, and their rights as autonomous beings.

I’ve travelled Syria twice since then.  What changes is how united the people are, that gets stronger each visit.  I do not want to speak for the Syrian people inside Syria, but their voices are ignored, they are shouted down by white saviours and many Syrians living outside Syria with their own agendas. We need to let their voices be heard through us, until such time that the propaganda war is won and their voices are heard.  Western socialists are relied upon to uphold the narrative of the ‘colour revolutions’, their tunnel vision lends itself to believing any revolution is a good revolution.  Not all revolutions are workers revolutions or left revolutions or greater good revolutions.  Many are ugly and violent, ill conceived and short sighted.  Syria is not suffering from revolution, it is suffering from violent mercenaries, State and non State players, gangsters, murderers and thieves, working with and against each other to gain control and divvy up the spoils of Syria. And ultimately Balkanise her.

If standing against imperialism, supporting Syria’s sovereignty, international law and acknowledging the will of the Syrian people in their choice of President makes me an Assad apologist, I stand guilty as charged.