Media frantically re-shaping AlQaeda as the good guys

It is difficult to comprehend just how stupid, irresponsible and utterly without pity for the suffering they have cause, how the US could even contemplate displacing Assad using Al Qaeda,al Nusra as allies. But what do I know?

OffGuardian

by Robert Parry via Consortium News

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The key sentence in The New York Times’lead article about Russian airstrikes against Syrian rebel targets fell to the bottom of the story, five paragraphs from the end, where the Times noted in passing that the area north of Homs where the attacks occurred had been the site of an offensive by a coalition “including Nusra Front.”

What the Times didn’t say in that context was that Nusra Front is Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, an omission perhaps explained because this additional information would disrupt the righteous tone of the article, accusing Russia of bad faith in attacking rebel groups other than the Islamic State.

But the Russians had made clear their intent was to engage in airstrikes against the mélange of rebel groups in which Al Qaeda as well as the Islamic State played prominent roles. The Times and the rest of…

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