There is not enough soap in Aleppo — now unavailable because of the war — to wash away the responsibilities of the West and the post-truth narrative told about Syria in the last five years.
For the rest, it happened like in the wars in the former Yugoslavia: false captions were added to photos that in fact showed crimes were committed by all parties. So, in a newspaper photo showing a Muslim militiaman wearing an Afghan cap and holding three severed heads of enemies as a gory trophy, the caption said: “Atrocities of the Serbian militias.” He was actually one of the thousands of mujahideen who traveled from Afghanistan into Bosnia, thanks to the U.S., Iran and Saudi Arabia. And the severed heads actually belonged to three Serb militiamen.
Now, the same thing is happening.
The frame was frozen on the Armenians, Kurds and Christians celebrating throughout Aleppo, while thousands of refugees were on their way to reach the west of the city. Meanwhile, the last civilians were stranded in the evacuation because they tried to flee together with the jihadist fighters. Deadly government and Russian air raids began again, and the “rebels” launched rockets that killed six people in the Bustan al Qasr neighborhood, which had recently been recaptured by the loyalists.