- One of the originators of the disinformation of a “false flag” rebel attack on Khan Sheikhoun in April 2016, covering up the regime’s sarin assault, was pro-Assad site Al-Masdar. Its false narrative was picked up [Alex Jones’] by InfoWars to include the White Helmets as conspirators in the staged attack. Beeley supported the campaign with a barrage of tweets about “war porn”. By the next day, #SyriaHoax was the top Twitter trend in the US. Backers of the conspiracy theory included US Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Virginia State Senator Richard Black. Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN submitted a “briefing paper” by Beeley to the UN Security Council.
- Russia and activists such as Beeley have also relied upon anti-White Helmets allegations by the mysterious “Swedish Doctors For Human Rights”, unknown to both the Swedish Medical Association and Human Rights Watch.
- The disinformation is supported by both State platforms such as Russia’s RT and Sputnik and by US-based actvists such as Max Blumenthal of AlterNet.
Part of this simplistic gullibility comes from the legitimate distrust of the mainstream capitalist media. This media edits their reporting to make it difficult or impossible to decipher the real interests behind any event. They make it nearly impossible to see developments – from local to global – in a clear pattern. This results in a distrust of the mainstream capitalist media which all too often combines with the simplistic mentality described above. It leads to searching for simplistic conspiracy explanations of everything from the outbreak of mass shootings in the US to Assad’s sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun.