About

UPDATE 1: In July 2014 BBC Worldwide began blocking You Tube copies of ‘Saving Syria’s Children’. Other editions of Panorama remain unaffected. On 1 August 2014 BBC Worldwide provided this explanationThe BBC iPlayer copy of ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ expired on 17 October 2014 – please refer either to the copy available here or to this copy  (downloadable here). 

UPDATE 2: On 8 August 2014 the BBC issued its decision not to place my complaint before the Trust. A final appeal identifying an apparently illicit participant in the “napalm bomb” scenes is here.

UPDATE 3: The BBC’s further response of 26 September 2014 is here (a second BBC decision at this stage appears unusual). A final submission of 13 October 2014 containing testimony from a former commander in the Al-Tawhid Brigade that the “napalm bomb” event is a fabrication is here.

Introduction

On 29 August 2013, as the UK House of Commons vote on possible military intervention in Syria was closing, BBC News at Ten broadcast a report by Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway, who were working on a forthcoming BBC Panorama programme about Syria, which claimed that a Syrian fighter jet had dropped an incendiary bomb containing a “napalm-like” substance – possibly thermite – on the playground of an Aleppo school.

The report contained harrowing scenes of teenage boys and young men, their skin apparently in tatters, racing into what the report describes as “a basic hospital funded by handouts” to be treated for burns. In one particularly disturbing scene a tableau of young men writhe, drool and groan, seemingly in great distress.

On further viewings, however, this scene in particular is strikingly odd. The young men are quiet and mostly static until spotting the camera upon them, at which point the central figure (Mohammed Asi) raises his arm and the group instantly becomes animated and begins groaning in unison.

Mohammed Asi begins to sway and lurch, the boy in the black vest suddenly pitches onto his side, the boy in red raises his head and peers quizzically around, while the boy in the white shirt rises effortlessly to his feet. As the camera pulls backboy in a yellow ‘Super 9′ t-shirt rises from the floor, flailing his head and torso and rolling his eyes as a team of medics sweeps dramatically in. (16 images from the full sequence below).

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All the young men in the “tableau” scene appear preoccupied with the camera. Has the curtain been pulled back from its previous position (see images 6 – 10 here http://wp.me/P4gebB-aY) in order to provide better light for filming?

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This and other questionable elements in this brief report prompted my first letter to the BBC on 4 October 2013.

While I was completing this letter the BBC broadcast a follow-up news report on 30 September 2013, shortly prior to the transmission of the Panorama programme Saving Syria’s Children the same evening.

Comparing the 29 August and 30 September reports a discrepancy in the soundtrack was apparent. In the first, “Dr Rola” (her face covered by a mask) had referred to “napalm”, in the second she said “chemical weapon”. I commented on this in the PS to my letter. The audio editing was subsequently discussed by former UK ambassador and political blogger Craig Murray here and here. Speculation on this point has since been widespread (see for example this RT report). My own concern remains on the evidence of wider fabrication in the hospital scenes.

The BBC’s initial response of 2 December 2013 dealt largely with the editing of Dr Rola Hallam’s words. My correspondence with the BBC continues (see here and below). Some of the points that have arisen are as follows.

Date and time of the alleged incident

The BBC and most other reports state the events occurred on Monday 26 August 2013.

In an article for Foreign Policy Dr Saleyha Ahsan, one of the British doctors featured in Saving Syria’s Children, gave the date of the alleged attack as 27 August, a highly surprising error for a journalist to make, especially considering her statement that “out of all the war zones I have ever been to, today has been by far the worst”.

In a 3 October 2013 article Dr Ahsan wrote “This month, Dr. Hallam and I found ourselves in a school that had been hit by a napalm-like bomb”. This seems intended to suggest that Doctors Ahsan and Hallam were present at the school as it was allegedly being attacked, rather than at the hospital treating the alleged victims; “this month” is also odd as Dr Ahsan claims elsewhere to have visited the school two days after the attack, i.e. on Wednesday 28 August .

A series of eighteen photographs showing two of the alleged victims originally appeared on the website Demotix dated 25 August. Demotix has since altered the date of the photographs to 26 August. When the images were dated 25 August, Ian Pannell denied that they featured victims seen in Panorama; after the date was changed, the BBC acknowledged that they did.

Accounts of the time of the alleged “napalm bomb” span a range of at least five and half hours. A Human Rights Watch report states (p12) that the attack on the school occurred “around midday”; a report by the Violations Documentation Center in Syria, a regularly cited source by the BBC, says  it took place at 2.00pm (p4) and directly quotes an activist who claims he first heard “rumours” of the event at 3.00pm; ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ reporter Ian Pannell has categorically stated that the attack happened “at around 5.30pm at the end of the school day” while his colleague, ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ cameramen,  director and producer Darren Conway, has suggested that the events he filmed at Atareb Hospital (around six miles away from the school) began “between 3 and 5″.

Conflicting accounts of the first victims

At 31 minutes in Saving Syria’s Children Dr Ahsan is shown attending to the first alleged victim – a baby, accompanied by his father. Ian Pannell’s narration at this point states “no-one’s quite sure what’s happened.” Only subsequently do the “dozens” of other alleged victims begin to arrive. This sequence of events is portrayed in several other accounts, including others given by Dr Ahsan.

However in an interview with Australian broadcaster ABC on 27 November 2013 Dr Ahsan gives an entirely contradictory account (from 02:38):

Interviewer: “Those scenes are hard to listen to but even harder to watch. Can you tell us what you saw that day?”

Dr Ahsan: “It was quite a quiet day and I was beginning to think ‘ooh gosh I’ve really got my timing wrong ‘cause what’s the point in me being here if I’m not going to be helping out?’ and then suddenly, standing to my left I just saw this rather strange vision I ju…  I I felt as if I was having an out of body experience because I couldn’t quite work out what I was seeing, there was a boy, covered in this strange white dust, had wide staring eyes, his clothes were hanging off him, and he had this huge laceration on the side of his face, and his skin looked like it had areas of burn, and he was saying in a very calm voice ‘where shall I go okhty?’ which means sister in Arabic…”

The baby and his father do not feature at all in this account. Instead Dr Ahsan states “it was quite a quiet day” prior to the arrival of the person she now claims was the first victim – a boy covered in “strange white dust”, who had a “huge laceration on the side of his face” and who spoke to her, asking her where he should go. This clear and vivid account is entirely irreconcilable with what viewers saw in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’.

Alleged injuries of the baby and his father

The baby featured from 31 minutes in Panorama does not appear to have suffered “severe burns” as claimed in the narration, and certainly not the 80% burns subsequently claimed by Dr Hallam which, as the high percentage indicates, would cover the majority of the infant’s body. Rather, he appears unscathed and in no unusual degree of distress (click images below to enlarge).

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At 31:18 Dr Ahsan’s advises “this baby needs to be picked up” and the child is robustly handled by Dr Ahan and the supposed father. If the baby had truly suffered severe burns of up to 80% this would seem extremely inappropriate and reckless.

Subsequent accounts of the infant’s injuries range from “nasty scolds [sic] on his legs” (Dr Ahsan) to Dr Hallam’s “80% burns”.

Ian Pannell’s BBC News article states that the baby’s father “was also burnt and sat helplessly on a stretcher clutching his son”. Dr Hallam states (from 22:17) he “also had a burnt face”. However the child’s supposed father (seen over Dr Ahsan’s left shoulder at 31:16 and again holding the baby at 31:31) appears animated, vocal and entirely unscathed.

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The baby’s alleged father (right), who according to Dr Hallam “also had a burnt face”

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The baby’s alleged father, speaking and gesturing animatedly to someone off-screen. According to Ian Pannell he “was also burnt and sat helplessly on a stretcher clutching his son”

Plausibility of injuries and demeanour of other alleged victims

Most of the alleged victims presented in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ are notably calm and quiet. Some mill around in the hospital and its yard.

  • From 33:05 – 33:46 Lutfi Arsi (in the yellow ‘Super 9′ t-shirt) calmly inspects his fellow alleged victims, helpfully directs a member of staff towards them, ambles to the back of the room, pulls up a chair and takes a seat.*
  • In the same sequence note the bizarre “zombie” swaying and lurching of the man in the white t-shirt at the back of the room; identifiable by the three black marks on his t-shirt, this is the supposed teacher who some time later (judging by the addition of bandages to his arm) provides this perfectly relaxed and cogent interview.
  • At 36:52 Anas Said Ali speaks in English (“I’m so bad, so bad”) .
  • At 38:13, allegedly suffering 86% burns, Lutfi Arsi sits up to peer inquisitively at the camera

The implausibility of this behaviour is indicated in the comments provided by a practising doctor in the section immediately below.

All alleged victims in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ seem to have retained their eyebrows, despite white cream suggesting treatment for facial burns. Note in particular the pristine eyebrows of the alleged teacher and those of Siham Kanbari “a few weeks after the attacks in hospital”.

The appearance of supposedly peeling skin on Ahmed Darwish‘s and Lutfi Arsi’s hands and arms is unconvincing. In particular, Ahmed’s hands appear exaggeratedly large, as if sheathed in prosthetics. As a practising doctor states below “Some are shown with skin hanging off but the flesh beneath is not that convincing it actually looks like more skin”.

* On 18 July 2014 BBC News published a short “retrospective” on the “napalm bomb” incident. From 32 – 40 seconds the background figures in the hospital, including Lutfi Arsi and the “teacher”, are heavily blurred.

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Alleged teacher (white t-shirt with three black marks) who engages in bizarre “zombie” swaying and lurching from 33:38 to 33:46 in Panorama, prior to giving a relaxed and cogent interview below.

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Alleged teacher who features in Panorama from 33:38 to 33:46, interviewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41KQSO7mOks. Note pristine eyebrows.

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Ahmed Darwish. Note appearance of prosthesis on hands (click to enlarge)

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Lutfi Arsi. A practicing doctor with trauma and orthopaedic experience comments on the Panorama victims: “Some are shown with skin hanging off but the flesh beneath is not that convincing it actually looks like more skin” (click to enlarge)

A doctor’s view of the alleged injuries

A practicing doctor has offered a medical opinion of the alleged injuries in ‘Saving Syria’s Children':

I have watched the panorama BBC documentary. Makes for interesting viewing but I think the scene of the school children coming in with the burns was an act.

I worked on trauma and orthopaedics last year for four months, so I have worked with burns victims first hand. These victims displayed what appeared to be “less painful” burns. They were able to sit down, be touched by others even talk. This is not how a severe burn victim would present. Most victims:

  • would be screaming the place down in agony. Even after treatment and with all sorts of pain drugs they still hurt and still scream.
  • Many burns victims cannot even focus enough to follow instructions such as sit down and wait because of pain. This young boy, I found very odd (I don’t think it is cultural thing as pain is pain and it can drive a person mad).
  • would have difficulties with their airways, almost immidiatley, hence in the UK many are intubated and treated in ITU. This shows them able to speak and breathing very well no obvious signs of respiratory distress like coughing, shallow breathing etc. In such an attack the poisons are inhaled.
  • They say they douse them in water (wouldn’t the high spray of the hose cause more problems to burnt skin).
  • when they came to the hospital they have evidence of this white powder on their skin but not evident burn blisters which fill with fluid with in minutes. Some are shown with skin hanging off but the flesh beneath is not that convincing it actually looks like more skin.
  • The walk is very odd. why??
  • The other concern in burns is their fluid status as they will be losing large amounts of fluid through their burns. The cannula is essential to resuscitate them. Im not sure what A and E that doctor worked in but I have not worked in A and e this year and I have placed I think almost 6 cannulas in peoples feet.* Any access is essential in burns, a standard training skill!
  • If the poison was dropped from above (a plane) their hair would have been lost and patches would be evident. Many still had a full heads.

* The reference is to  is to 37:37 in Saving Syria’s Children (see image below) where Dr Saleyha Ahsan is attempting to insert a cannula into Mohammed Kenas‘ foot, stating “As you can see there’s nothing coming up for me to put a cannula in”.

The doctor’s opinion is congruent with that of former UK ambassador Craig Murray who, in a 31 March 2014 email regarding the nomination  of Ian Pannell and the “Chemical School Attack” report for One World Media awards, wrote: “having personally been in my career in rather similar conflict situations, I was struck by the strange absence of panic and screaming both by patients and surrounding family – I have seen people in that sort of pain and situation and they are not that quiet and stoic, in any culture.”

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“Im not sure what A and E that doctor worked in but I have not worked in A and e this year and I have placed I think almost 6 cannulas in peoples feet. Any access is essential in burns, a standard training skill!” – practicing doctor on the efforts of Dr Saleyha Ahsan to insert a cannula at 37:37 in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’

Two women wearing identical clothes

A woman wearing a distinctive black dress with a gold flower design rushes through the hospital gate at around 36 minutes in Panorama with a man claiming to be her father (they appear of similar age). In other footage from the hospital a younger woman is seen wearing an identical dress and blue headscarf. Why would clothing apparently be recycled between victims in this way?

The older woman (centre) appears at the hospital gate at 36 minutes in Panorama (with her “father”, who appears to be of similar age) and moments later is seen in a chronologically earlier sequence being carried into the hospital on a stretcher. She is perhaps 40. There is no suggestion that she is intended to represent a student at the supposed school, which would indeed be extremely implausible given her obviously mature years.

An identically dressed younger woman features in You Tube video of the same event (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb4XvVu7g_8). She is a teenager or perhaps in her early twenties and her words (“all I saw was people on fire, I was on fire, my friends were on fire”) indicate that she is to be understood as an alleged student at the supposed school.

Misleading and manipulative editing

‘Saving Syria’s Children’ is extensively edited, arguably in order to mislead and manipulate. Some examples are as follows:

  • At 02:08 in the 29 August BBC News report Mohammed Asi is shown climbing down from a truck, accompanied by Dr Ahsan’s words “more coming? More? More?” However Asi had already been shown walking into the hospital from 01:44.
  • At 34:08 in Panorama the narration states “within minutes the hospital is overwhelmed” over footage of Lutfi Arsi being carried into the hospital. However this is Arsi’s third appearance in the programme, having previously been seen at 32:26 and from 33:05 – 33:44.
  • Victim X is shown arriving in the hospital yard at 35:35 in Panorama, heralded by Dr Ahsan’s words “I think there’s more coming, I think there’s more coming”, despite his having previously seen being “treated” inside the hospital from 34:36 – 34:55.
  • A woman exclaims “yama yama yama” as she enters the hospital at 34:02; the same audio clip is also used over footage of Victim Y entering the hospital at 31:44.

‘Saving Syria’s Children’ blocked by BBC Worldwide

At the start of July 2014 BBC Worldwide began blocking  You Tube copies of ‘Saving Syria’s Children’, including the copy I had been referencing in my correspondence from 30 January 2014 and that referenced by Australian peace campaigner Susan Dirgham in her letter of complaint to the BBC.

I began substituting links in my blog to correspond with an alternative You Tube copy of the programme. On 20 July this too was blocked by BBC Worldwide. (On 23 July it was removed by the channel owner). Part 1 of a version originally shown on Australian television and which included excerpts from the hospital scenes was blocked at some point after 20 July, while Part 3, which features no Panorama footage, remains available.

The final existing full You Tube copy of ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ was deleted by BBC Worldwide between 25 and 28 July.

Dozens of other Panorama programmes posted by non-BBC entities remain on You Tube.

The BBC iPlayer version is available in the UK only until 30 September 2014 (17 October with BSL).

This copy of ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ has been uploaded to a personal website and adheres to the timings given in this blog. It can be downloaded here. A somewhat higher quality copy is available here.

On 1 August 2014 BBC Worldwide provided this response to questions about the You Tube blockings.

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At least four full-length You Tube copies of ‘Saving Syria Children’ have been blocked by BBC Worldwide since the start of July 2014.

Who were the alleged victims in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’?

This report by the Violations Documentation Center in Syria links to this list of 41 alleged victims of the attack. Several of the names are identifiable as those ascribed to individuals featured in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’, however their date of death in all cases is given as 26 August.

While this reflects the Panorama account in respect of Lutfi Arsi (Loutfee Asee on the list), whom the BBC claims “died on his way to hospital in Turkey”, it contradicts it in respect of Anas Sayyed Ali (Anas al-Sayed Ali), whom the BBC claims “died a few days later in hospital in Turkey”; Ahmed Darwish (Ahmad Darwish), who was filmed by Panorama “a few weeks after the attack in hospital in Turkey”; Siham Kanbari (Siham Qandaree), also filmed later in hospital and whom Dr Ahsan has stated died on 20 October; and Mohammed Asi (Muhammad Assi) who is pictured in an image provided by BBC Audience Services “two weeks after the attack in hospital in Turkey”.

The list omits Mohammed Kenas who according to Panorama “died on the way to hospital in Turkey”.

The list includes a Muhammad Abdullatif, age 15. Mohammed Abdullatif is the name of the adult eyewitness who appears in the 29 August BBC News report (02:54) and in this non-BBC footage of the same “interview”.

The Violations Documentation Center is regularly cited as a source in BBC reports and analysis.

Dr Rola Hallam and Hand in Hand for Syria

Dr Rola Hallam is described as “a British doctor visiting for the charity Hand in Hand for Syria”.

Dr Hallam’s father is Dr. Mousa al-Kurdi. According to Dr Hallam’s colleague Dr Ahsan, Dr al-Kurdi is “ involved politically with the Syrian National Council”.  In this Al Jazeera interview Dr al-Kurdi advocates for the Syrian National Council’s recognition as the sole representative of the Syrian people (from 1:22) and relates how, following his address to the Friends of Syria summit in Istanbul in 2012, attended by Hillary Clinton, he personally told Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu “You’re not doing enough” and demanded of Professor Davutoğlu and several other foreign ministers, including Victoria Nuland of the US State Department, “either you defend us or you arm the Syrian Free Army to defend us – you have the choice” (from 5:15).

When questioned at a Save the Children event Dr Hallam stated of her father “he is certainly not a member of the Syrian National Council; he is a gynaecologist, who like most Syrians has taken an interest in what’s happening in his country”. 

Dr Hallam is a member of the charity Hand in Hand for Syria’s executive team. Hand in Hand’s original three-star logo is plainly based on the flag adopted by the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council. In 2014 the charity removed the stars from its logo.

Until July 2014 the Facebook banner of Hand in Hand’s founder, Faddy Sahloul, read WE WILL BRING ASSAD TO JUSTICE; NO MATTER WHAT LIVES IT TAKES, NO MATTER HOW MUCH CATASTROPHE IT MAKES. The image was removed shortly after this comment was posted under a Guardian article.

Further questions about the financial affairs and political affiliations of Hand in Hand for Syria have been raised by Dr Declan Hayes of the University of Southampton. Dr Hayes’ research has been submitted to the police and the Charity Commission.

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Original logo of Hand in Hand for Syria bearing the three stars of the Free Syrian Army/Syrian National Council flag

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The Facebook banner of Hand in Hand for Syria founder Faddy Sahloul, deleted July 2014

Atareb: “a basic hospital funded by handouts”?

A recent fundraising campaign by Hand in Hand for Syria identifies the hospital featured in Panorama as Atareb Hospital, Aleppo.

On 29 August 2013 Ian Pannell described Atareb as “a basic hospital funded by handouts” (03:17) and on 30 September 2013 as a “field hospital”. Dr Hallam also refers to Atareb as a “field hospital” at 38:04 in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’.

This Hand in Hand campaign page for Atareb (now deleted) states that the hospital opened in May 2013 as a small A&E unit and now “offers 68 beds and a wide range of services – from maternity and neo-natal facilities to many outpatient departments, three excellent operating theatres and a laboratory”. Atareb is described as “One of the country’s most sophisticated remaining hospitals” with operating costs of “between $60,000 and $70,000 a month”. Atareb’s current facilities are further indicated in the campaign materials.

The campaign page, dated 10 June 2014, also states that “The hospital’s funding comes from a European donor which supports global emergency response. This funding reaches Hand in Hand for Syria via an INGO partner. Although that funding is still very much in place, after one year our agreement with our INGO partner has come to an end – and the funding has to come through a partner.”

This makes clear that major funding for Atareb was in place prior to Ian Pannell’s description of it as “a basic hospital funded by handouts”. Indeed, images on the Atareb Facebook page posted prior to 26 August 2013 depict a relatively well-equipped facility, including a kidney dialysis machine and surgical and x-ray facilities. (Please note there are some highly distressing images on the Atareb Facebook page).

Regular Atareb Hospital staff absent on day of alleged attack

This post on Atareb Hospital’s Facebook page shows that on 26 August 2013, the date of the alleged attack, hospital staff were “attending a battle first aid training course in Antakia, Turkey”. This may indicate that some of the medics filmed by the Panorama team were not regular Atareb staff members. If not, who were they?

Bias and lack of analysis in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’

Susan Dirgham, National Coordinator of Australians for Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria, has lodged an official complaint about ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ invoking sections of the BBC Editorial Guidelines which relate to Accuracy, Impartiality, Fairness, Conflicts of Interest and Accountability.

Complaints correspondence with BBC

First letter of complaint to the BBC    4 October 2013

BBC response to first letter of complaint    2 December 2013

Second letter of complaint to BBC    30 January 2014

BBC response to second letter of complaint    18 February 2014

Third letter of complaint to the BBC    17 March 2014

BBC Editorial Complaints Unit Provisional Finding    23 April 2014

Comments on BBC Editorial Complaints Unit Provisional Finding    7 May 2014

BBC Editorial Complaints Unit Final Report    19 May 2014

Request to BBC Trust for review of  Editorial Complaints Unit’s report   11 June 2014

Urgent submission to BBC Editorial Standards Committee   19 June 2014

BBC Senior Editorial Strategy Adviser’s decision  8 August 2014

Final appeal to BBC Trust and summary of grounds of appeal  2 September 2014

Further submission to BBC Trust   14 September 2014

BBC Senior Editorial Complaints Adviser’s decision   26 September 2014

Request for review of Senior Editorial Complaints Adviser’s decision   13 October 2014

15 responses to “About

  1. Widewater

    I see you are now quoting a “practicing doctor” – yet they remain completely anonymous, without explanation.
    Would you care to explain this anonymity?
    How about a credited recording or video of them making these assertions ? Might that not be more convincing than an anonymous quote ?
    Please address this point.

    • Widewater

      Hi,
      I see there’s no response to my query as yet.

      I’m surprised that, as you are demanding forensic clarity from the BBC, you would not recognise this anonymity as an issue; even if you were only to clearly state the qualifications and experience of said medic, even if for some reason you are not willing to name them.

      Its tempting to throw in the fact that even Harold Shipman was a practicing medic. Its a pretty broad term.
      You should also consider that they are talking about the effects of fire burns, I would presume the reaction to chemical burns could be different, and varied according to the chemical.

      While I wait (hopefully) for a response, I’ll ask you to ponder also this point:
      have you considered just how many people would have had to be sworn to secrecy, and have agreed to partake in such a deceit, for it to work ?
      If you really think about it it would require a very high number.
      All the participants (“actors” as you prefer) ; doctors, nurses, production team, editors, producers etc etc etc. That is one hell of a lot of people to trust the whole reputation of the BBC on. Don’t you think ?? Just one of those would have to break ranks.

      The usual approach to any covert conspiracy, is: the less people that know, the better.
      In that case, this would be a pretty strange way to risk the whole integrity of the BBC. Think about it.

      I also see my original query is “awaiting moderation”, and I suspect may never appear.

      I do think, that if you want your investigation to be taken seriously, it is essential to be open to question and willing to answer points. Presumably you are after “the truth” ?
      I can see no abuse or profanity in my points that should make them unsuitable for posting. If you only want to publish comments in agreement, its no longer an open debate.

      It is well known that if people are determined to reach a certain conclusion, without always keeping open the chance that they are wrong, they can easily make the facts fit and ignore contrary evidence.

      In this particular case, the consequences of you being wrong can be very serious.

      Your real target is the BBC, and believe me that’s not an organisation that I am full of unqualified praise for, by any means.
      But consider what you what you might be achieving – IF YOU ARE WRONG::

      Not only are you dishonouring the terrible suffering of the victims (and by extension, 1000s of other civilian victims) and challenging hugely what integrity the BBC does have.

      You are also campaigning fiercely to discredit an aid charity, run by brave and compassionate people, which has provided essential humanitarian and medical help in Syria, and which at present is struggling to keep open the only “proper” hospital in an area under daily slaughter, serving 500,000 people.
      Whether or not they have empathy with the Syrian revolution or not is not the main point, their main empathy is with the suffering. They go to the areas they go, because that is where help is most needed, and because the Regime controls all official aid, and 90% ends up in government areas. Maybe you think that’s okay.

      A doctor from that hospital returned home recently to find his entire family had been wiped out by a barrel bomb. Having already lost half his birth family in another attack. He was back at work the next day.
      I wonder what he would think of your campaign.
      Would it please you if that hospital closed ?

      It is not a game: make sure that, in your determination to “get” the BBC, you are not playing politics with people’s suffering.
      If one day, you are made to face incontravertible truth that you are wrong, you will have to face yourself in the mirror, and ask if your campaign might have put lives at risk, caused people to not donate to the charity etc. But most of all, you will have to apologise to the victims.
      Don’t let your tunnel vision blind you to the fact you can be wrong. You have managed to make a lot of people believe and spread your conclusions. But if your interest is politics, then you should realise by now that DOESNT automatically make you right.

      I now challenge you to publish and answer my points.
      Lets see if you are really interested in an argued truth, rather than just fuelled by hatred of the BBC.

      And finally – the very morning that Panorama was advertising its update programme, Assad forces “vacuum bombed” a school in Raqqa, on the first day of term.
      Even on its Mid East website page, the BBC made ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION OF THIS. As with many other atrocities. Isn’t this strange behaviour, if as you think, it is a proxy of anti-Assad forces ?
      Here is a video link.
      I would just LOVE it, if you could manage to work out how they faked THIS…

      Yours in expectation.

    • The source who provided the doctor’s quote, and name, requested the anonymity. Quite possibly the doctor herself would be happy to be identified.

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  3. Widewater

    Previous link was wrong

  4. Widewater

    Last try with this video. Don’t know why it wont post.

  5. When you consider that 5 years ago the filthy Brit Intel had already warned the French that they were starting action to topple Dr Assad, according to French ex Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, what would you expect from the filthy Brit mouthpiece..

  6. Roger

    This is about engineering World War 3 so that way we can have a global government/ army as a “solution” so that it “never happens again”. Create the Problem secretly, manipulate the Reaction thru propaganda organs like the BBC so you can get the desired Solution- more power and money. The BBC, totally controlled by the globalists (on record) and one of its mouth pieces, is simply doing its part. It is doing what it is told. Lying, lying, lying.

  7. Eck Marshall

    Surely you dont expect the TRUTH from BBC about Syria ???

    HELL they could not even tell the truth about the Scottish referendum.

  8. My computer says this page cannot be saved when I hit the save button (before choosing what format to save in. Is there any way you can republish this whole thing in a way that it can be saved by us?

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