An Open Letter to Antiwar.com: Censorship on Syria?
Dear Antiwar Staff:
In response to Jason Ditz’s latest “analysis” of the Syrian crisis, I tried to post the following comment:
Barak also predicted that
“When the Assad family falls, it will be a major blow to the radical axis led by Iran,” Barak said. “It will weaken Iran, it will weaken Hezbollah and weaken the backing for Hamas, and it will deprive the Iranians of a real stronghold in the Arab world. It will strengthen Turkey, which is a natural rival to Iran’s hegemonic intentions. . . . This is something positive for Israel.”
And that’s why the Israel lobby’s think tanks and media outlets have been supporting the opposition from the start of this crisis. Why hasn’t Antiwar reported this? Too busy breathlessly reporting opposition propaganda?
Usually my comments have to be moderated — for whatever reason — but this time I got this message instead:
This comment has been deleted by the administrator.
Whatever happened to Antiwar since Justin Raimondo wrote these words in an April 16, 2005 piece entitled “Cashing in on the Bush Doctrine”?
“Say You Want a Revolution,” is the title of a piece by neoconservative Michael “Faster Please” Ledeen, a tireless advocate of the U.S. waging endless wars of “liberation,” and Peter Ackerman, chairman of the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). Its theme: more U.S. tax dollars to fund “revolutionaries” in a new model of “regime change” – as in Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. According to these two, Iran, Lebanon, and Syria are next. Now, before you say anything, it’s just a coincidence that all these countries are in the Middle East and just happen to be Israel’s worst enemies – stop being such a killjoy! Besides, the “revolutionaries” are ready to roll, but they can’t do it without U.S. tax dollars and other assistance.
If you’re still as “devoted to the cause of non-interventionism” as you were then, why are you now censoring information about the Israel lobby’s key role in the current crisis? As you can see from readers’ comments on the subject, I am far from being the only one who is wondering about your curious reporting on Syria.
Maidhc Ó Cathail
p.s. I am well aware that Philip Giraldi, Eric Margolis and Pepe Escobar have raised the subject of Israeli involvement in Syria on Antiwar yet this doesn’t seem to have had the slightest impact on the daily reports by Mr. Ditz.
Update: The comment has been “undeleted.” It remains to be seen, however, whether anything will be done to address the substantive critique above.