|Bashar Al Assad Picture: RADI|
But who is telling the truth? Just a few days ago, a picture from the Iraqi war was put up with one of the videos trying to promote the cause of freedom in Syria. It most importantly went on to the BBC's online front page! Propaganda? I remember that in one of our journalism classes last semester, we were shown a video about the media and propaganda. It showed if I remember correctly how Fox News (owned by Rupert Murdoch) broadcasted on one of their news channels that George Bush had won the elections in a certain state. However, this was not true as the elections was still in its preliminary stages. The objective of putting that 'falsified news' out was to encourage and increase the probability of Bush wining the Presidential elections.His remarks stand in stark contrast to what the opposition and many world leaders have said for more than a year -- that al-Assad's forces, not external "terrorists," are behind a sustained slaughter stemming from their crackdown on dissidents."Standing up against the conspiracy is not easy, but we will overcome the obstacles," al-Assad said. "We have duties towards our people. Adopting reform and reinforcing its principles is not an easy mission."The speech came a day after U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan said Syria is "at a turning point" and that "the specter of all-out civil war, with a worry sectarian dimension, grows by the day."
So by putting that picture, does it increase the retaliation from other nations against Syria? Maybe, who knows. I think BBC should have checked thoroughly before even posting that picture up. It's true that they have apologised, but yes, the damage has already been done and everybody already hates the Syrian government.
|The wrong picture: CDN|