Why BBC´s sensational report about a syrian defector is trash


The above report is either fabricated from the beginning or the „source“ (a certain kurdish security officer called Lukman) has lied to Lina Sinjab.

Excerpts (and my comments):

<<Lukman was performing his military duty when the uprising began in March 2011. He was surprised that he would be allocated to a security branch given his Kurdish background.

„I didn’t understand how I can be trusted and sent to such a place where only members of [President Bashar al-Assad’s] Alawite community would operate,“ he said.>>

Does „Lukman“ know all members of the security service and their ethnic/religious background? His claim along with his surprise about being chosen despite being a Kurd makes him already incredible.

<<He recalls one day in particular, when more than 100 men were arrested in a raid on the town of Muadhamiya, west of Damascus.

…“But on that day, we stopped on the Muadhamiya bridge, just off the neighbourhood that’s inhabited by Alawites loyal to Assad.

„…One protester was taken from one car to the other and that’s when the civilians of Alawite community arrived and started beating the protester.“>>
This is a blatant attempt to squarely demonize the Alawites, specifically alawite CIVILIANS. The idea that secretive security officers „hand over“ a detainee to random (alawite) CIVILIANS to lynch him in front of the security people AND the other civilians is too obviously sensational and propagandistic.

Later Lukman is quoted saying „I never participated in any of these atrocities“
This bears the question why he did not step in to stop the lynching of the protester mentioned above…

<<„All the union people were Alawites and supporters of Assad,“ Lukman said.>>

This statement, apart from being unproven and hardly provable at all, is way too generalizing and too openly intended to portrait even civil branches of the ruling system as sectarian. There is no reason why all union members in a Sunni majority, mostly pro-government city, should be entirely Alawites.

<<The hangars [of the Mezzeh military airport] were transformed into detention centres, with more than 1,500 detainees held in each, Lukman explained.>>

Why? Does Syria have not enough place for regular jails/detention centers? What happened to the Jets and helicopters? Did they remove them from the hangars to detain people there? Does not make much sense.

„…They [the government] are worse than al-Qaeda“

Sure… „Lukman“ has definitely had experience with al-Qaeda, surviving market place suicide bombers, prisoner beheading ceremonies and heart-eating workshops and STILL he figures out that his former employer is worse…It is puzzling that and why BBC brings such an article.

<<Sunni soldiers and others like him coming from the eastern side of the country were always sent to the frontlines and hot-spots where they got killed.

„The Alawite officers were always kept in safe places so they avoid any killing or retaliation, while Sunnis were sent to be killed while trying to kill other Syrians,“ he said.>>

This is ridiculous and a strong contradiction in itself:
If the regime uses the Sunnis as cannon fodder to kill other Sunnis and/or be killed by them while keeping the Alawites in safe places, how does it keep those Sunni soldiers from defecting? This wild and irrational claim has been an all-time propaganda to denounce and defame the syrian army. An army consisting at least to 60-70% from Sunnis can neither afford to systematically discriminate and abuse them nor to motivate them to defect in large scale.


<<„I didn’t want to switch sides as I fear informants,“ he added. „There are many informants in the FSA [Free Syrian Army]. All their movements are reported and many times these informants would act under orders from the regime, committing atrocities in the name of the revolution to defame it.“>>

Now, this is really hilarious and it becomes obvious that the entire article is both meant to polemize against Alawites and excuse rebel crimes by attributing their „atrocities“ to the regime. According to this „logic“ all horrendous crimes, massacres and acts of excessive violence are either carried out by the government or by government spies disguising as rebels to defame the „revolution“.
Naive, he who believes all this.

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