Tuesday, August 20, 2013

One-sided Propaganda Takes The Stage Amid Egypt Violence

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
August 20, 2013

Amidst the blitz of propaganda coming from the mainstream media regarding the recent events violently unfolding inside Egypt, it is unfortunate that even many alternative media outlets are simply repeating the line being served to them via the corporate media and Western governments.

What is both unfortunate and highly ironic in this situation, however, is the fact that this constant serving of propaganda is rather transparent when one takes a closer look at the claims being used in order to paint the Muslim Brotherhood as the only victim of the conflict. Much like the Syrian crisis, one is almost capable of discerning the true nature of events taking place in Egypt by listening to the reports provided by mainstream outlets and promptly assuming that the opposite has occurred.

With this in mind, it is important to point out that the constant barrage of reports of indiscriminate, government-initiated violence have largely been dismantled by clear video evidence of Muslim Brotherhood violence in the form of shooting at security forces,[1] coordinated attacks on Christian churches,[2] and throwing political opponents off of rooftops. [3]

In addition, there is the existence of a video purporting to show Muslim Brotherhood “activists” faking a demonstration and a subsequent violent government crackdown, complete with fake blood, injuries, and the rest of the required scenery.

Over the last few days, however, more videos have been produced alleging the “horrific violence” of government forces, as if to act as “proof” of the claims being repeated by Western outlets. Unfortunately for the Muslim Brotherhood and the interested parties to the propaganda efforts, however, virtually none of these videos actually show what they have asserted.

For instance, a video produced recently [4]purporting to show Muslim Brotherhood protesters jumping off of a bridge in order to escape a hail of gunfire from the security forces actually shows quite the opposite.

In the video, which can be viewed below, protesters can indeed be seen abandoning a bridge, but only one of them actually jumps off. It should be noted that the bridge in the video is not akin to the Golden Gate, but it is a relatively low bridge, meaning that it is not exactly suicide to jump off of it. Others, however, are climbing down cables which have been attached from the bridge to the ground.

More importantly, however, is the fact that there is absolutely no evidence of these individuals being shot at. Although one can hear traffic in the background, conversations amongst the crowd, and other street noises, there are no gunshots to be heard in the audio.

Even more so, one can clearly see protesters and marchers casually and calmly walking across the bridge in relatively large numbers. These individuals are clearly not worried about dodging gunfire. In fact, some of the protesters hanging over the side of the bridge railing are actually jumping back onto the bridge itself.

Thus, one must ask, “if protesters are being shot at from the bridge, why are all the other protesters on the bridge so cavalier and oblivious to the gunshots? If the protesters are being shot at from the ground, then why are the protesters jumping down toward the people shooting at them? Why are all the people on the ground also oblivious to the gunshots?” The answer, of course, is simple – there were no gunshots.

Likewise, in a video currently circulating around the Internet[5] an Al Jazeera broadcast has apparently shown the inside of a Cairo mosque where a large number of Muslim Brotherhood protesters have occupied the building. Many of these protesters are allegedly injured as a result of gunfire coming from the Egyptian security forces. In this particular video (also seen below), a doctor is seen treating a protester who appears to have a gut wound, blood seeping through his shirt as he lays on the floor.

However, when the doctor lifts the protestor’s shirt, there does not appear to be a wound at all, forcing some to question the legitimacy of the broadcast and hearkening back to the video previously mentioned in this article when Muslim Brotherhood protesters apparently tried to fake a demonstration and its subsequent put down by government forces.

Although this article is by no means attempting to lend credence to the ridiculous claims that there is actually no violence occurring and that the events in Egypt are merely a “crisis actors” movie set creation, one should legitimately question images broadcast on mainstream channels showing violence against Muslim Brotherhood protesters, Syrian rebels, or any other manufactured “popular” uprising that serves the purpose of national destabilization.

Indeed, one must remember that there were numerous instances of video image chicanery in Syria as Western governments attempted to blame the famous Houla massacre[6] on government soldiers and even stage chemical weapons attacks[7] and blaming Assad for their deployment.

Indeed, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have a great deal in common with the Syrian death squad “rebels” both in terms of methodology and ideology. A telling quote, as provided in a largely pro-Brotherhood article by Nancy A. Yousef and Amina Ismail of McClatchy, shows a decided sympathy between the Muslim Brotherhood and their Syrian counterparts by equating Egyptian General Sissi with Bashar al-Assad. A similar quote is provided in a report by Al-Monitor, where a wounded Brotherhood protester is quoted as saying “Like the Syrian army . . . [General Abdel Fattah] al-Sisi is a murderer.”

Interestingly enough, the Syrian metaphor may be an accurate description of the Egyptian situation, with the fact that the alleged “protesters and rebels” both share a fundamentalist ideology, penchant for violence, and act as a destabilizing force within the secular nation state while Bashar al-Assad and Gen. Sisi ( at least at this time) are acting as an anti-death squad/anti religious fundamentalist force in their respective nations.

The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood protesters are almost entirely made up of fundamentalists and religious fanatics is no secret, with even the pro-Muslim Brotherhood McClatchy article admitting that the bulk of the protesters were “Islamists.”

The McClatchy report also briefly mentions the fact that the protesters themselves are indeed armed, reinforcing what I reported[8] in several of my articles[9] last week when they state, “Through the gunfire at so many sites, it was unclear who’d shot whom.” After talking with an Egyptian army officer who was nearby, the background for the violence was a little more obvious. This officer stated that security forces did engage the protesters with gunfire, but only after they attempted to storm a church and set it on fire.

Interestingly enough, the McClatchy article demonstrates clearly that the Brotherhood protesters do not represent the majority of the Egyptian people by writing that:
Reporters saw residents and Islamists alike armed. Residents would pull out sticks, handguns and machetes as Morsi supporters’ protests drew near and Islamists would brandish guns as soon as they heard gunfire. Finding out who’d started the battles was all but impossible. 
Nearby, residents had set up a checkpoint manned by men in their 20s armed with machetes. It was unclear whether the men who were checking those passing by were there to protect the neighborhood from the Muslim Brotherhood or attack them when they arrived.
Either way, the fact that residents would form neighborhood defense brigades against these religious fanatics shows that, at the very least, the Muslim Brotherhood does not represent the views of the majority of the Egyptian population.

With this in mind, it would be wise for the more informed observers to stop relying on mainstream accounts of the Egyptian crisis before tacit American popular support is used for yet another full-blown destabilization tactic as has been attempted in Syria or even some more dangerous operation as of yet unknown to analysts.


[1] “Video shows Morsi supporter shooting at Egyptian army – Truthloader.” YouTube. Posted on July 9, 2013. Posted by Truthloader.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4M1d80J4Fk
[2] Turbeville, Brandon. “Is The Military Suppressing Legitimate Protest In Egypt?” Activist Post. August 15, 2013. http://www.activistpost.com/2013/08/is-military-suppressing-legitimate.html
[3] Mudie, Keir. “Egypt violence: Gang throws rivals to their deaths from top of a building.” Mirror.co.uk. July 7, 2013.http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/egypt-violence-gang-throws-rivals-2034262
[4] “Morsi supporters JUMPING Off Bridge To Escape Gunfire in Egypt.” Youtube. Posted by Mr. Simple Jack. Posted on August 16, 2013.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd-fYKErlSA
[5] “Injured Egyptian Brotherhood cought with fake wound – Moslim Brotherhood gesnapt met nep wond.” Youtube. Posted by derelegie vandevrede. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2molxoRsoA
[6] “NATO’s death squads responsible for Houla Massacre: Analyst.” PressTv. May 30, 2012. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/05/30/243821/nato-death-squads-syria-houla-massacre/
[7] Turbeville, Brandon. “False Flag Attacks in Syrian Pin Atrocities On Assad And Justify ‘Red Line’ Engagment.” Activist Post. March 30, 2013.http://www.activistpost.com/2013/03/false-flag-attacks-in-syria-pin.html
[8] Turbeville, Brandon. “Is The Military Suppressing Legitimate Protest In Egypt?” Activist Post. August 15, 2013. http://www.activistpost.com/2013/08/is-military-suppressing-legitimate.html
[9] Turbeville, Brandon. “Egypt Turmoil: Muslim Brotherhood Violence or Government Crackdown?” Activist Post. August 16, 2013.http://www.activistpost.com/2013/08/egypt-turmoil-muslim-brotherhood.html

Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over 200 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville's podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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