Human Rights Watch accuses Syria of ‘barrel bomb’ damage created by US attacks

Moon of Alabama (Feb. 27) – Human Rights Watch has been part of a sectarian, anti-Syrian propaganda campaign. It is hyping the “barrel bombs”, allegedly used by the Syrian government, as inhumane weapons. I have yet to see Human Rights Watch equally damning the indiscriminate use against civilians of improvised rockets by the Jihadist “moderate rebels.”

Yesterday Human Rights Watch send out this tweet:


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According to HRW the picture of the destroyed town is somehow related to Syrian “barrel bombs.” That is not the case.

The picture was published in the New York Times on February 13, 2015.

Caption states: “The predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani is devastated after months under siege by Islamist forces and airstrikes by a United States-led coalition” | Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images (Click to enlarge)

Caption states: “The predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani is devastated after months under siege by Islamist forces and airstrikes by a United States-led coalition” | Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images (Click to enlarge)

 

The New York Times caption says:

The predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani is devastated after months under siege by Islamist forces and airstrikes by a United States-led coalition

The picture’s credentials are “Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images.”

Massive U.S. bomb attacks obviously destroyed the city of Kobane. The U.S. no longer uses improvised “barrel bombs” dropped from planes and helicopters. It did use “barrel bombs” extensively in Vietnam.

Syrian “barrel bombs” did not destroy the city of Kobane. It was destroyed by regular U.S. air force bombs. Damage by “barrel bombs” could hardly be worse. Indeed “barrel bombs” thrown out of hovering helicopters are likely much better targeted and more precise than unguided bombs dropped from fast moving jets.

The Human Rights Watch tweet includes another deception. It links to a February 24 piece by the New York Times as if that piece would somehow confirm HRW`s claim. But that New York Times piece is not a neutral report. The piece, headlined “Syria Dropped ‘Barrel Bombs’ Despite Ban, Report Says”, is solely about a HRW report about “barrel bombs” in Syria. The HRW tweet is in effect linking to its own claims disguised as a link to a reputable source.

It is interesting, and noncredible, that Human Rights Watch feels the need to use a picture of “good” U.S. created destruction to demonstrate destruction created by the “bad” Syrian army in its fight against U.S. supported Jihadis. The picture is obviously not the only thing HRW gets wrong.

Update:

This is not the first time HRW is using pictures of the “wrong” side. In October 2014 it used a picture of a woman crying over Ukrainian federalist, who were burned to death by Nazi-hordes in Odessa. to call for a “stand against Putin’s repressive policies”.

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6 responses to “Human Rights Watch accuses Syria of ‘barrel bomb’ damage created by US attacks

  1. If true, this article rightfully diminishes Human Rights Watch’s credibility, to a large extent, as an impartial, unprejudiced observer of world events in the sphere of human rights violations. Please provide updates on this important story, and whether HRW becomes forced to issue an apology/correction. Thanks.

    • I did not know it had such credibility! I will keep my eyes open but I do not follow HRW per se. When I went to Syria, I realized we in North America do not even know what we do not know.

  2. Very interesting. I have long followed the work of Australian researcher Michael Barker regarding CIA and State Dept funding of “democracy manipulating” groups like Human Rights Watch: http://www.swans.com/library/art16/barker48.html

  3. Pingback: Human Rights Watch: Uses photo of US bombing destruction of Syria to condemn Assad | Tony Seed's Weblog

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