This is a cross-post by Paul Canning
If you are a Labour Party member who defames the White Helmets should you be expelled?
On Friday my friend the Times columnist Oliver Kamm retweeted my throw to him of the Snopes post debunking Eva Bartlett.
She is a Russia Today promoted woman whose shtick is that media reports of atrocities in Syria are staged.
Her shtick has been as widely distributed as the one about the Odessa Massacre, and by the same people.
Her shtick has been distributed in the same way – and often from the same sources – as was the notion that the Sandy Hook massacre of Connecticut small school children was staged.
The lunacy, the internal contradictions, of this shtick has not been better mocked than by Jim Kovpak.
My timeline since Oliver’s RT has been bloated with conspiracists. I have hit ‘mute’ a lot.
Flying Monkeys.. descend!
I am way far from alone in being assailed by such Flying Monkeys. Someone still obsessed with complaining about Hilary Benn* thinks the RAF is bombing Aleppo. Someone who has a ton of followers. Many of those same people are busy defaming the White Helmets.
It is all the same to them – Syrians are lying, a white person knows better than a brown one.
This is the truth they keep yelling about. The I Know Better truth.
The White Helmets are the civilians busy pulling Syrian people from the rubble. Their reality is documented times over but their treatment by sections of the supposed liberal/left, emblematic of the defamation in general heaped on Syrians, including our comrades, trying to do something against fascism, is not featured by liberal media. For four years we have had this. Liberal media failing to expose these people.
According to the Internet the White Helmets are part of a false flag operation. Or they are AL-Queda. You can find it all endlessly repeated online.
The campaign against the White Helmets went quiet after Jo Cox died. It has ramped up since. That their selfless acts are questioned, by anyone, should – should – be incredible. Yet those who distort are seemingly allowed to get away with it.
Do read the rest of Paul’s post here