*edit, May 23, 2018 – I see that my comment was finally accepted.
My post to Barbara’s blog in response to the above linked-to article has been in ‘awaiting moderation’ for some days now. I call that disappeared. If it appears, I’ll re-categorize my post. But I’m not going to check every day forever.
An excerpt from the above blog post by Barbara McKenzie follows:
After I and others wrote about Mahmoud Halyaf who, having been born without arms, lost his legs to a terrorist mine, I was approached by someone from the Global Media Department of a US university department, who wanted to be put in touch with the family – perhaps they could help him. I spoke to his doctor, Nabil Antaki, who wanted to know more details , as medical staff were unwilling to allow the boy to be exploited. After conveying this back to the inquirer, no more was heard.
Dr Antaki’s attitude stands in sharp contrast to the corporate media, and to regime-change seeking NGOs such as Amnesty, who see children first and foremost as objects to be used and manipulated. A primary example is Omran Daqneesh, the boy on the orange chair, who was coldbloodedly chosen to be the face of a media campaign highlighting the trauma of war on children solely because he was little, chubby and cute, not because he had actually suffered any trauma. Fortunately for Omran his fame is still largely confined to that one photoshoot…
Practically all the people seven-year old Bana chose to follow, apart from a handful of world leaders, were representatives of the mainstream media and/or anti-Syrian activists.
Apart from the undisguised sophistication of the operation, there were other glaring discrepancies. The tweets were first supposed to be Bana’s own, but the videos showed that Bana did not know a word of English when the project started. The eventual explanation that she was actually a front for her terrorist-supporting family (that would be all right, apparently) still did not wash. The tweeter was clearly a native English speaker, while interviews with her mother Fatemah (real name Maram) revealed that she certainly was not…
Given that UNICEF in the person of Justin Forsyth, along with various celebrities, is prepared to condone both the fraud and the abuse of Bana Alabed, , it is no surprise that the media have closed eyes and ears to any discrepancies in the saga.
The truth about Bana, and the impossibility that she should have anything to do with the account run in her name, must be inescapable to anyone who has actually met her. Correspondents from organs of the media, however, such as CNN (A day with Bana, the Syrian girl who gave a voice to Aleppo, 8 February), and the Financial Times Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed, the ‘face of Aleppo’, 10 March, give no indication that the paucity of Bana’s spoken English contradicts the fluency of her tweeting.
My (typo corrected) online response to the very thorough, detailed and welcome blog post by Barbara McKenzie follows:
Thanks for your thorough reportage. As it gets harder, in some ways, for caring, principled people to simply state the truth about the corporatocracy’s war of terror on the people, because so many have joined it and so many others are taken in by the propaganda pushing it, those who continue to speak truth about, and to, power are able to persist precisely because they are principled. That’s what principled means. It doesn’t mean superhuman, or perfect, or brave (nor does it exclude it), or super smart. It means ‘right’. And that’s important.
I’m a Christian myself, but I have zero use for Christendom. In the Bible book of Revelation, in chapter 11, we read about the nations’ wrath which God responds to with his own (which we don’t know much about since his principles are not those of the violent beast of corporatocracy):
“But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged [because they were sleeping a special deep sleep called death] and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (The bolding is mine.)
What is the nature of that ruin? It is primarily mental and spiritual. (Some, like Chris Hedges, who is awesome, but trapped in Christendom, refer to moral and intellectual ruin. That’s fine too.) From a state of mental and spiritual ruin, you get ideas and policies that lead to literal ruin. Politicians, belonging to captured governments and in cahoots with powerful, capitalist, special interests have foisted neoliberal mafia capitalism on humankind that has resulted in pollution and global warming, with the result that without the intervention of God, humankind is now facing extinction.
Jesus gave his followers a remarkable prophecy (which is confusing in some respects but not by any means senseless; Matthew chapter 24; Mark chapter 13; Luke 21:5-36) about signs that his followers should look for that would indicate when the end of the world would come. In Matthew’s version of the prophecy for the end of this system of things, he tells us “For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” (The italics are mine.) The things Jesus lists there are not said to be evil. They aren’t. Where the evil comes in is with those ones ‘taking no note’ of what Jehovah’s prophet Noah was telling them. They didn’t care. They didn’t care about God’s standards. That’s clear from other accounts of the time of Noah, when Nephilim existed (Genesis chapter6). The world of humankind of that time was violent. As it is now, Most of its inhabitants pursued a philosophy of ‘riches for the strongest’. That paradigm, or operating principle, is nothing that comes from God. With ‘riches for the strongest or mightiest’, There ‘has to be’ losers. As for the flood, That was coming regardless. No one had to perish in it because no one had to turn away from the Source of life and his standards. Innocents who did perish in the flood, did not perish completely. They’ve been sleeping their special deep sleep of death and await resurrection and the opportunity (We all get ‘one’ real opportunity) to declare for or against the Sovereign Jehovah. And he will force no one to live. But he will allow no one, in the new world to come, to deprive others of life – in any fashion.
Once these celebs, who are already tainted by their association, knowingly or not, with Hollywood/CIA/Pentagon, choose to jump on the ‘Bana Alabed as victim’ bandwagon, a huge propaganda operation designed to get the general population to support bloody regime change in Syria (with many ‘real’ young victims to follow), Will they show some humility afterward when they are forced to deal with the fact they have acted in the service of evil? I guess the answer is “no,” if they don’t in fact possess such humility.