Who Are The ‘White Helmets?’ Do We Really Know What They Are Doing In Syria?
When I first watched the trailer for the Oscar-winning documentary The White Helmets, I cried.
It paints a beautiful picture of saintlike, peaceful soldiers saving innocent civilians from the terror in Syria, with the song “When The Saints Go Marching In” playing in the background. It ignited a fire of compassion and empathy within me for the Syrians plagued by war. I knew that I needed to watch the documentary and, more specifically, learn more about this heroic group. Yet to my surprise, I learned that this group isn’t quite as “heroic” as the documentary and North American mainstream media paints them to be. Perhaps the only reason this group deserved to win an Oscar was for their acting skills — not their humanitarian efforts. If you’ve seen the documentary, all I ask is that you please keep an open mind when reading this article. I myself admit that it was extremely moving, which is why this form of propaganda is so effective. Human beings are naturally empathetic; if we see someone hurting on the other side of the world, it pulls on our heart strings. No one wants to see other people brutally tortured or murdered. It’s terrifying, and when these acts of violence are committed, we sometimes allow our emotions to get the best of us, which is completely understandable. Feeling empathy and compassion for people facing war and terror is natural, because we care so much about one another. However, in this case, it’s crucial that we put our emotions aside so we can understand what exactly we’re looking at. In the documentary, the White Helmets are portrayed as a heroic group saving the lives of innocent Syrian civilians.
Their video footage captures the chaos and tragedy that’s taking place in Syria, and features the group peacefully helping injured civilians as they fight, without using violence, against the war and terror that ensue. Check out the following Netflix trailer for the documentary (full disclosure: it is genuinely heart-breaking, and debatably even more devastating knowing that much of it is propaganda and potentially fake): As Netflix puts it, the documentary focuses on the “perilous work of volunteers who brave falling bombs to rescue civilians from the carnage of Syria’s civil war.” And the Oscars’ film synopsis reads as follows: “In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as ‘the white helmets’ comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.” As with so much in our society today, the truth of the matter here is that this information was manipulated in order to paint a false picture of what’s actually going on in Syria. Let’s start by debunking the documentary itself.
The “film itself is not a real documentary,” explains Patrick Henningsen, a geopolitical analyst at 21st Century Wire. “All of the footage used in the film was provided to the producers by the White Helmets themselves. This film production crew – Netflix productions – did not film any of the so-called rescue scenes.” He continues: What this film is essentially a PR cushion for a $100-$150 million covert op, which is basically an NGO front funded by USAID, the British Foreign Office, various EU member states, Qatar, and other various and sundry nations, and members of the public, who quite frankly in my opinion and many others, have been duped into donating their money for this rescue group, that is anything but. It essentially functions as a support group alongside Al-Nusra and al-Din al-Zenki and other known terrorist groups operating in Syria. That is a fact that has been proven by a number of eyewitness testimonies. Eva Bartlett, a Canadian journalist and human rights activist, divulged that “their video footage actually contains children that have been ‘recycled’ in different reports; so you can find a girl named Aya who turns up in a report in say, August, and she turns up in the next month in two different locations.” Bartlett was a speaker at a United Nations panel on the current events in Syria. She delivers an incredibly insightful speech on what’s actually going on in Syria and how the White Helmets aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are, but rather a strategic terrorist group that’s funded by the U.S. and other interested countries and parties. In regards to the “recycled” children footage, you can read more about that in this 21st Century Wire article.
They show numerous examples of the White Helmets posting the exact same photos of children, claiming they were taken on different dates. You can watch the full video footage of Bartlett’s speech below: Founded in 2013, the White Helmets are largely funded by the U.S., the UK, and Europe.
They claim that they receive no funding from outside parties with a vested interest in Syria, but a quick glance at the finances tells a different story. Vanessa Beeley, an independent researcher and journalist, explains that “they are in fact multi-million funded, conservatively speaking, a hundred million dollars, from the US – $23 million via USAID; UK around $65 million; France is supplying equipment.” The U.S. has been funding the Syrian war for quite some time, so it’s clear that they have a vested interest. U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard actually just returned from Syria, and publicly discussed the U.S.’s interests in the Syrian war (as the U.S. sells arms to ISIS and other terrorist groups), offering a compelling call to action in the process: I return to Washington, DC with even greater resolve to end our illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government. I call upon Congress and the new Administration to answer the pleas of the Syrian people immediately and support the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. We must stop directly and indirectly supporting terrorists—directly by providing weapons, training and logistical support to rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS; and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey, who, in turn, support these terrorist groups. We must end our war to overthrow the Syrian government and focus our attention on defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS. You can read our CE article about it here.
The White Helmets also claim to be neutral and unarmed, which is far from the truth. As Vanessa Beeley explains, “If we look at their claims to be neutral, they are embedded entirely in terrorist-held areas whether it is predominantly Al-Nusra Front or ISIS or any of the various associated brigades of terrorists that take their command very much from Al-Nusra Front, that is where White Helmets are exclusively.” Beeley noted the White Helmets also, “provide medical care for the terrorists, they funnel equipment in from Turkey into the terrorist areas (...) They’ve been filmed participating and facilitating an execution of a civilian in Aleppo.
They post celebratory videos to their social media pages of the execution of civilian Arab soldiers.” She continued, “from the testimony from the real Syria Civil Defense across Syria they have also been involved in the taking over of the real Syria Civil Defense units, the stealing of their equipment and the eventual massacres and kidnapping of real Syria Civil Defense crews.” What’s even more appalling is that the group has been caught faking and staging footage.
The following video from Russia Today explores examples of the White Helmets faking rescue scenarios and recording them. One of these was actually staged for a “mannequin challenge,” but the group later took down the video and apologized for their actions. This begs the question: How much of the footage from the documentary was staged as well? Another crucial element of this story is how North American mainstream media (MSM) is portraying the horrific acts taking place in Syria. If you ask most Canadians or Americans, they’d likely demonize both Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. I’m not defending either of their actions, but much of what is spread on MSM is pure propaganda that’s designed to manipulate us into creating a fictitious enemy. In fact, North American MSM has actually falsified data and reported that Russia bombed a hospital in Syria, when in reality that hospital still stands.
The fake ‘al Quds hospital‘ news story was reported by CNN and PBS, stating that Russian airstrikes took down the hospital in April 2015, killing innocent civilians — none of which is true. In fact, Russia released satellite imagery proving that the hospital was still standing later in the year.
The following video is of Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett discussing the White Helmets hoax and fake MSM news reports on the Syrian war: All of the misinformation being spread by the U.S., along with their close ties to terrorist groups in Syria, is starting to sound dangerously similar to 9/11. When it comes to alleged “terrorist attacks,” the sad truth is that the government (or the shadow government or the elite) is often involved. We’ve seen this occur with Al-Qaeda and its relationship with the U.S. government, as various documents have tied them to U.S. intelligence agencies like the CIA. Given the vast wealth of evidence, it’s clear to me that 9/11 was an act of false-flag terrorism. False-flag terrorism is the idea that a government would stage a terrorist attack in their own country in order to justify war and the infiltration of a foreign country for their own purposes (whether that be for money, oil, etc.). It’s also used to heighten a state of fear and security within their own country, and in order to do so, they need a villain, which in the case of 9/11 was Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator and the founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, has actually spoken out about the United States’ false, strategic portrayal of both Al-Qaeda and ISIS in order to revive the “terror scare” and further perpetuate the “terror war industry.” In a Russia Today interview, Edmonds explains that ISIS was actually created by the U.S. in order to facilitate a brand change, shifting the attention from Al-Qaeda to ISIS. Al-Qaeda was starting to die down, so they needed to create a heightened state of fear about another terrorist group, which is part of the reason the U.S. funded ISIS so heavily. Edmonds also goes on to discuss Western media’s role in the creation of ISIS, as they further perpetuate the fear and fake stories surrounding these “terrorist attacks.” You can read more about the origin of ISIS in our CE article here. In regards to U.S. interests in the Syrian war, I believe a lot of it comes down to financial incentive.
The U.S. is making a killing off selling arms to terrorist groups, and they are simultaneously creating a heightened security state in their own country and Syria, giving themselves more control over American and Syrian civilians. This leads to another potential incentive for the U.S. to continue to fund ISIS, and particularly the White Helmets, which is to create a shadow government in Syria. Vanessa Beeley even suggests this, stating, “What we are seeing here is an eradication of Syrian state institutions and the implantation of a Syrian shadow state by predominantly the UK and the US, but also supported by EU governments.” We have seen the rise of a shadow or secret government in the United States that is run by a select group of elite individuals, which numerous government officials have spoken out about, and now we may be witnessing another one emerging in Syria. Perhaps the White Helmets are doing some positive work in Syria like MSM wants us to believe, but none of these statistics can be proven and numerous reports on the ground have said otherwise. To me, their actions sound more like terrorism than those of a heroic, humanitarian group. Please note that this article is not meant to demonize any parties aforementioned. I am simply clarifying some facts and pointing out an alternative view, one that inherently contradicts Western MSM. I believe that everything in life serves us; even if these moments seem dark and dreary at the time, there is still something that can be learned from them. I encourage you, whenever you read an article or watch the news, to ask yourself: Where is this information coming from and could it have been altered to manipulate me in any way? We live in an age of vast information as well as misinformation. We have so much knowledge readily available to us, but it can sometimes be difficult to identify what is true and what is false, especially when the supposed “most trusted institutions” are feeding us propaganda and fake news. Despite this, I encourage you to continue to search for the truth, because that’s precisely how we can create positive change! .
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