The Syrian Observatory for Human rights is a propaganda machine based in the UK countryside
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It is very important for an organisation that claims to observe human rights in any country to be independent and unbiased – two characteristics that the Syrian Observatory for human rights lacks.
As admitted in a New York Times article titled “A Very Busy Man Behind the Syrian Civil War’s Casualty Count” the observatory is a one man show run by a man called Rami Abdul Rahman.
The article states, “Yet, despite its central role in the savage civil war, the grandly named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is virtually a one-man band. Its founder, Rami Abdul Rahman, 42, who fled Syria 13 years ago, operates out of a semidetached red-brick house on an ordinary residential street in this drab industrial city [Coventry, England].”
Who is Rami Abdul Rahman?
Talking to Reuters in 2011, Rami said, “I came to Britain the day Hafez Al-Assad died and I’ll return when Bashar al-Assad goes.” In the same article, titled “Coventry – an unlikely home to prominent Syria activist”, he said he was a member of the Syrian opposition and sought the departure of Bashar al-Assad.
It is very clear that Rami Abdul Rahman has been an opponent of President Assad ever since he became president. How then can such a biased source be used as a credible source of information by the Western Media and organisations?
Who funds the Syrian Observatory for Human rights?
Rami Abdul Rahman himself cited three sources of funding:
1. Two dress shops which he runs.
2. The European Union Council.
3. A European country which he refused to name.
The last two sources of funding make it very clear that it is impossible for the organisation to give unbiased views. Furthermore, we question the secrecy behind “a European country” that funds the operations – a country that Rami refused to name.
Is Britain the secret European country?
It is highly likely that the secret country is indeed the UK itself. Rami has direct access to the British foreign secretary William Hague whom he has met several times at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London.
Lessons from history
The West has consistently deployed a policy of granting refuge to traitors and then utilising them as sources of propaganda in order to justify their covert wars and crimes.
A perfect example of this is Rafid al-Jananbi, who has publicly admitted to inventing the Weapons of Mass destruction lies that lead to a US-led invasion of Iraq. Al-Janabi told German Intelligence (BND) that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This information was passed by the German Intelligence to the CIA, who pushed it as a credible source, despite warnings from officers such as Tyler Drumheller that the information could be fabricated.
Another less known example is Dr Sliman Bouchuiguir whose lies about president Gadhafi’s treatment of the Libyan people formed the foundation of pro-Western propaganda against the former leader.
Rami Abdul Rahman is no different from Rafid al-Janabi or Dr Sliman Bouchuguir. He is a traitor and a mere tool used by the West in order to justify their actions. He is a biased source of information due to his anti-Assad stance from day one, yet his organisation is quoted severally by Western media, governments and even the United Nations.