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Friday, April 14, 2017
Disinformation: information that supports the other guy
Leftists like George Stephanopoulos want the media to censor politicians who won't
Elsewhere the increasingly unreadable Stephen Green at Instapundit approvingly links, as "Occam's Razor", that
Over the past week, on break from blogging, I noticed a lot of pro-and-con over Trump's decision to fire some rockets at a Syrian airfield. For background: the Syrians (and Russians) were using that field to bomb outposts of Syrian rebels. The rebels are led by the Qa'ida, those lovely folks who'd contributed so much to New York's skyline a decade-and-half back. (ISIS is a splinter of them.) One nest of such has lodged itself in the city Idlib; the Syrians and/or Russians recently offloaded some ordnance there, with the usual Syrian and Russian disdain for whoever else might be standing around ground-zero. The rebels swiftly put out a statement that sarin gas was in the warhead. One such rebel, Shajul Islam, has a... history.
Meanwhile if you read loyalist Syrian twitter directed at Anglos, you find much gratitude to Assad's government for protecting Christianity in its cradle-province. The Arab orthodox agree: they say that in Syria (and Lebanon) the Christians do not consider themselves "minorities". In Assad's rump state, which has basically left ISIS and the Kurds for other nations, that might even be true.
In particular maytham's twitter links to an image of children killed in that Syrian raid. Many corpses look like they were hit in the head. This could be the fallout from an indiscriminate bomb. That is bad, but it's not sarin. It can happen when Qaeda types gather children (and women) as human shields, which they can use as propaganda when a strike hits their men. Israel is very, very used to this tactic of "fourth generation war".
As we return to those "analysts" whose word Green is taking, I read this:
The same people who have been attacking Wikileaks as "dis-" information and RUSSIAN HAQ$0R2 are now attacking the skeptics of Qaeda's claims here. And note that Wikileaks didn't leak anything untrue. That wasn't дезинформация in the old Soviet sense. This was actual information, data that the American electorate needed to know about the Washington ruling-class and its party.
Add to that Assad had no motive to unleash poison gas at this point in his war, which he is basically winning. All this suggests a new "Occam Razor": that when our masters in the West cry "disinformation!" they mean nothing but information that happens to be dis-helpful, to them.
PS, re the American missile attack: Maybe Trump is playing a longer game. And Assad and his fanclub do deserve a rocket or dozen; maytham's recent profile-pic of Kim Jong Un isn't cute, and I could definitely live without the antiSemitism from that camp as well. But Trump's pretext was damn lame. It's going to come back and bite us. I just have to hope that it was worth what's coming.
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