The Guardian, White Helmets, and silenced comment

In the crudest of ironies, The Guardian recently published a pro-imperialist article claiming critical discussion of Syria’s White Helmets had been ‘propagated online by a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government’. It also closed its comment section, refused the journalists identified in the piece a right of reply, and declined to publish a considered response from a group of concerned academics. So much for Comment is Free. Since The Guardian has refused to do so, we have posted the piece in full, on behalf of the group, here at Renegade Inc.

The reasons we go to war – who do you believe?

Throw a dart at the map of the world and chances are it will land in or near a territory in which the US and its allies have ‘promoted democracy’, made a ‘humanitarian intervention’, and/or  ‘defended western values’, leaving behind the stench of  JP Morgan, Standard Oil, Halliburton, and the Cheney and Clinton dynasties.  The concept of ‘left and right’ is a sideshow for the plebs – MarkGB examines how war has become a reliable profit centre for government cronies.