The smear campaign against Syria in general – and Bashar al-Assad personally – has been ongoing for years. We’ve seen nothing but horror stories come out of Syria. Allegations of chemical weapons, barrel bombing of civilians, terrible crimes against humanity. We’re seldom presented with evidence, yet the headlines stick in our minds. It’s not what’s true, it’s what people believe, and headlines are great indoctrination tools. Who cares about proof anymore? If the government says it true, it must be true.
The smear machine is again in high gear, with reports of mass executions in a Syria prison accompanied by ghastly headlines such as:
At Least 13,000 Hanged in Mass Executions at Syrian Prison. NBC
Inside Syria’s prisons, where an estimated 17,723 have died since 2011. CNN
Nearly 18,000 have died in Syria state jails, says Amnesty. BBC News
Report: At Least 13,000 Hanged in Syrian Prison Since 2011. CBS News