A Few Words on Syrian Chemical Warfare Videos

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


No I haven’t posted either the rabbit video or the new chemical attack video. I haven’t done it for the same reason that I didn’t run the suicide bomber auction video a while back, which turned out to be fake.

Pallywood isn’t just Pallywood, it’s Terrorwood, and both sides in the Syrian Civil War are more than capable of turning out their own propaganda videos. Material from either side, or material that is supposedly from one side but is actually posted by the other side, that is also easily fakeable, is worthless. Or rather it’s propaganda.

The Syrian Civil War is a proxy war between Islamist militias armies being fought on behalf of Sunni and Shiite oil states. All of their affiliated terrorist groups have a great deal of experience manufacturing propaganda and they have probably manufactured more fake casualties than real casualties.

A good rule of thumb in conflicts like these is to assume that claimed civilian casualties are actually a fifth of the total and enemy kills are a tenth. Civilian bombings and any extraordinary weapons of war should be assumed to be fake unless independently verified.

The thing to remember about the Syrian Civil War is that everyone is the Baghdad Minister of Information. Everyone.

The other thing to remember is that you are dealing with people who have zero compunction about digging up children to display for the camera, using human shields and suicide bombers as weapons of war. Obama’s announcement that the use of chemical weapons is a red line has given every incentive for the Sunni rebels to begin manufacturing chemical weapons attacks. And for the regime to begin accusing the rebels of doing the same thing.

Both sides in this conflict are pathologically dishonest, manipulative and amoral. Neither can be trusted or believed about anything without independent verification.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    Yep. What u said.

  • BS77

    Over 40,000 people have been killed in Syria in less than a year….and the UN has done virtually nothing, as usual. But let Israel build some homes on THEIR land of Judea and Samaria…and the UN goes nuts.

  • walker lot

    and that is why these videos and others should be made available to anyone who wishes to see them. So anyone can decide what credibility to attribute to them. personally i thought they looked staged and of no value as evidence for anything. I did wonder what was being dropped from those helicopters though.