The BBC’s Photo Fib of a Syrian Massacre


John Glaser

A few days have passed since the BBC irresponsibly passed off this 2003 picture of dead Iraqis as depicting dead Syrians in last week’s Houla massacre. The original photographer, who works for Getty Images, said “Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.” The Telegraph:

Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.

The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.

The caption states the photograph was provided by an activist and cannot be independently verified, but says it is “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”.

Max Fisher at the Atlantic thinks “the BBC’s error seems like an innocent one.” He thinks it was a hasty mistake arising after the photo made its rounds anonymously throughout the Internet: “We might never know who first entered this photo into the social media currents, which sent it flying through Arabic- and English-language social networks (including my own Twitter account) until it landed on the BBC website’s front page.”

We can’t know for sure, but I don’t think it’s fair to assume the BBC’s innocent naiveté as opposed to its knowing deception. I’m not suggesting a conspiracy theory, but I think there are two pressures on news organizations when it comes to hard-to-cover situations like the one in Syria. First, there is a pressure to get the most sensational story out before anyone else does. And what’s more sensational than a pile of dead bodies? There is also pressure to pose a call to action, which in other words is a pressure to validate what has been the dominant narrative of the Syria conflict. I think it’s entirely possible that the editors at the BBC did not do their due diligence and some even knowingly let the false photo go up, hoping they wouldn’t get caught.

In any case, this is a reminder that much of the journalism on Syria has to be taken with a grain of salt. We know much of the establishment’s information has been attained through opposition activists or expat groups and we also know of a number of instances where they have fibbed the reality on the ground. We also know the opposition has committed serious atrocities, and so have an interest in glossing over those facts in favor of information emphasizing the atrocities of the Assad regime. This doesn’t mean the Assad regime hasn’t committed its own atrocities and peddled its own propaganda. It has.

Confirming events on the ground has become slightly easier since the UN observers arrived. And despite this photo fib, the Houla massacre does in fact appear to have taken place, probably committed by the regime, according to UN observers and witnesses. But this BBC controversy should make clear that the establishment media is not the vaunted authority they parade themselves to be and are just as much in the dark about things as the rest of us.

  1. #1 by ruby22-kate on May 30, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    Sorry to disagree, but BBC naivete? During Cast Lead the BBC refused to allow charitable ads for the aid of Palestinians which is unforgivable.

    We know who dominates the English speaking world and the criminal zionists need to be stopped.

  2. #2 by ruby22-kate on May 30, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    I thought it was a shot of Muslims praying when I first saw the photo,

  3. #3 by Jaffiote on May 30, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Anybody who believes ( others ) are “stupid “….is the ONLY one who is stupid indeed !!! Why the Syrian regime will shoot down scores of young children , then leave them slain to be easily photographed by deadly enemies of this regime, then worldwide media published ?? Western media and not only BBC or CNN or NYtimes, but ALL of them being totally dominated by Zionism, are specialised in forging news and fabricated photos to indict non-puppet riivals and enemies… Global conquest plan.. by the US-ZIO-NATO alliance is quite obvious to anybody who reads their murderous history perfectly.,utilising their organised terrorist mercenaries like Blackwater et al to impose their worldwide hegemony ……This repeated “farce” is quite obvious !!

  4. #4 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on May 30, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    They’re not fibbing; they’re warmongering liars!!!! Keep it up creeps so the entire world can learn not to trust your sources!

  5. #5 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on May 30, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    “…the BBC irresponsibly passed off this 2003 picture of dead Iraqis as depicting dead Syrians in last week’s Houla massacre…”

    Since I came to London in 1997, I never paid for a television licence because I do not buy lies and propaganda, but most of us here do!

  6. #6 by Ingrid B on May 30, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    ruby22-katesays : “Sorry to disagree, but BBC naivete? During Cast Lead the BBC refused to allow charitable ads for the aid of Palestinians which is unforgivable.” :
    Kate, you took the words right out of my mouth.. The BBC cannot be trusted, it is a NWO/Zionist tool, (as is the UK government).. In the mornings, I watch old episodes of the weakest link, on BBC entertainment, and even there, in every episode, there is a Jew/Israel question..

  7. #7 by Gary on May 30, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    The jew media is for the deluded sheeple who are too clueless to know let alone care what is really going on. I assume that every story they post is a lie and don’t even pay attention anymore.

  8. #8 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on May 31, 2012 - 4:20 am

    #6 by Ingrid B on May 30, 2012 – 6:29 pm

    ruby22-katesays : “Sorry to disagree, but BBC naivete? During Cast Lead the BBC refused to allow charitable ads for the aid of Palestinians which is unforgivable.”

    Once this fact is established and known, we must ask ourselves, HOW MANY OF US, here in the UK, pay for a television licence to watch BBC and other lying media? Blaming the Jews and the Zionists is one thing, but what about those who buy their products when they can do without them in general? All monopolies granted to them can be taken back IF WE REALLY WANTED, but we don’t!

    But, people like to buy skimmed or semi-skimmed milk and still call the damn thing MILK! People like to buy POISON SUGAR (aspartame aka Amino Sweet) and call the damn Rumsfeld poison SWEETENER or LOW SUGAR or DIET SOMETHING!

    BAFS

  9. #9 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on May 31, 2012 - 4:46 am

    REIGN OF TERROR – Massacres of Deir Yassin, Shabra, Shatilla, Fallujah, now Houla in Syria

    The BBC caught red-handed again publishing fake photos, this time to seek an attack on Syria. They had it all planned. As soon as the Houla massacre took place, they knew it was the job of the Syrian government with the « US calling for an end to President al-Assad’s « rule by murder » » and with « the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council ».

    BBC caught publishing fake photo of massacre in Houla in Syria

    When Jewish (Zionist) Europeans flocked into Palestine and stole Palestinian lands with the complicity of the Zionist-controlled United Nations and the British occupiers and against the will of the Palestinian people, they adopted a strategy of terror to frighten off Palestinians so they can take over Palestine. Who does not know what happened in Deir Yassin when Jewish Europeans, who supposedly fled the ‘holocaust’ perpetrated against them by the Germans during World War II? Those Europeans massacred the Palestinian people. In 1948, they entered the village of Deir Yassin in Palestine and murdered every man, woman, child and baby to serve as an example to what would happen to other Palestinian villages and towns if the Palestinians did not leave. All those massacres happened right under the noses of the British and the United Nations.

    The massacre was perpetrated by the same Irgun Jewish terrorist group led by Menahem Begin whose trained terrorists disguised as Palestinians attacked, in 1946, the King David Hotel (the British military command in Palestine) killing many British staff in an attempt to blame Palestinians for the massacre, but they were found out.

    In 1967, Israeli planes attacked the USS Liberty massacring 34 Americans and tried to put the blame on Egypt in order to draw the US into the war.

    When the Zionist entity (Israel) invaded South Lebanon in 1982, their Lebanese allies, the Christian Phalangist militia, a terrorist group, murdered in cold blood and at point blank around 3,500 men, women, children and babies in the Shabra and Shatilla refugee camps, again in an attempt to blame the Muslims of Lebanon. Again they were found out. Israeli gunmen and tanks had surrounded the two camps at night and facilitated the massacres by firing illuminating flares over the camps.

    In occupied Iraq, the American and other European occupiers similarly surrounded Fallujah in 2005, excluded all media, and murdered thousands of men, women, children and babies in order to serve a lesson to those who wish to resist occupation as the Jewish Europeans did in Deir Yassin. It has been reported that nuclear devices were used in Fallujah. Children are now born with various forms of deformities as a result of radioactive contamination. This massacre is also called « Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre ».

    The killing of civilians, from the oldest to babies, rape and torture are at the heart of the Zionist strategy of terror. How many times have we been informed about the killing of civilians and the bombings of weddings in Iraq and Afghanistan? But the people in those countries and elsewhere are not given the true picture and their leaders are mere puppets put in place by the occupiers, puppets like the traitor Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, the Kurd Jalal Talabani in Iraq just like the Shah Reza Pahlavi and Hosni Mubarak were in Iran and Egypt respectively.

    As the European West is trying to hijack the Arab revolutions, like they did in Libya when they had its leader Muammar Ghadafi murdered even after he made ‘peace’ with them, and gave them billions of dollars of Libyan money (which they have now stolen like they stole the money of the Iranians invested by the Shah) , even financed the Presidential elections of France’s Nicholas Sarkozy, they are financing and arming the Syrian rebels to overthrow the Assad government in Syria through their usual strategy of terror, in the knowledge that they control the United Nations Security Council which is always bias against Arabs and Muslims and in favour of Zionists.

    Since they find Syria a harder nut to crack, especially that Russia and China refuse to campaign for regime change in Syria, given that they saw how the Europeans manipulated the UN resolution to impose a no fly zone over Libya and used it as an excuse to bomb the country murdering thousands of Libyans when no single Libyan military plane took off, Zionists see terror as the only option to catch the world’s attention so long as they can pin the blame on the Syrian regime. The Europeans (and Israeli regime) already have their mercenaries operating within Syria alongside the armed rebels. It is no surprise that the massacre at Houla took place on 27th May 2012, a massacre of around 100 Syrians, including 32 children we are told.

    BBC’s fake Houla massacre photo
    They had it all planned. As soon as the Houla massacre took place, they knew it was the job of the Syrian government with the « US calling for an end to President al-Assad’s « rule by murder » » and with « the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council », per the BBC. In concert on Tuesday 29th May 2012, European countries like « the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Australia all announced they would expel their Syrian ambassadors » (Russia Today). How convenient? The BBC News website for the Middle East published a picture of rows of bodies (over 200 of them) with the headline « Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows », 27 May 2012. This photo was fake as it relates to the hundreds of children murdered in Iraq by European occupiers, photo taken by Marco Di Lauro 9 years earlier on 27th May 2003 in Al Musayyib, Iraq. Numerous such World War II fake photos are used to push through the Zionist propaganda on the holocaust. At the Iranian Presidential elections, the BBC was also caught publishing a photo of a pro-Ahmadinejad crowd as one of Moussavi’s who they were trying to promote alleging that the elections were rigged. Similar fake photos were produced for Libya during the bombing by NATO, of Usama of Bin Laden on several occasions in order to keep a dead man alive, of Saddam Hussein alleging he had so many “doubles” (as ‘confirmed’ by Israeli experts), and so on. Fake photos and fake reports are also regularly produced on Iran’s nuclear programme.

    The object of such BBC propaganda as well as propaganda from other European countries and the US and Israel is to push through an attack on and invasion of Syria when Russia and China are striving for a political solution to the problem. President Assad’s politics of appeasing the murders and terror perpetrated by the US and the Israelis, his lack of effort in trying to regain the Golan Heights occupied by the Israelis since 1967, his inaction in not defending his country after the Israelis bombed Syria’s nuclear plant has clearly backfired. Perhaps he thought that the Alawi minority which the West Europeans originally put in power in Syria would continue to gain their support if he continued to turn a blind eye to their crimes. The Arab Spring is changing all that as the West needs to keep control over Arab and Muslim countries, by supporting the rebels when it suits them, but not in Yemen, Bahrain or even Saudi Arabia.

    M Rafic Soormally
    London
    30 May 2012

  10. #10 by Ingrid B on May 31, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    BAFS says : “When the Zionist entity (Israel) invaded South Lebanon in 1982, their Lebanese allies, the Christian Phalangist militia, a terrorist group, murdered in cold blood and at point blank around 3,500 men, women, children and babies in the Shabra and Shatilla refugee camps, again in an attempt to blame the Muslims of Lebanon. Again they were found out. Israeli gunmen and tanks had surrounded the two camps at night and facilitated the massacres by firing illuminating flares over the camps.” :

    didn`t the butcher of Sabra, and Shatilla, Sharon, oversee the entire massacre from a strategic spot?

  11. #11 by Jim on May 31, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Britain, like the US, has been conquered by the Jews, especially their media, which is becoming more obvious all the time, so this is no surprise.

    They are getting quite brazen and careless though, no?

  12. #12 by Ghyslaine Roc on June 1, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    #10 by Ingrid B on May 31, 2012 – 3:50 pm

    “BAFS says : …didn`t the butcher of Sabra, and Shatilla, Sharon, oversee the entire massacre from a strategic spot?”

    Sorry, the author of the above article is Basheer’s younger brother Rafic. He sent us this draft by email.

    But, if I may add my pinch of salt, the massacre was directly overseen by Tel-Aviv, Washington, Moscow, London, Paris and by satellite!

    Some of us are currently more concerned by an invitation we received from a Pastor to join the “Jubilee Service” of the Satanic ‘Christians’ of the Walthamstow Central Baptist Church to be held on 3rd of June 2012. ‘We’, the French (Freemasons) chopped the head of our kings and queens, so you see the feeling!

    Anyway, we are more concerned about how to send a message on that particular SUN day to voice our concern not about the STOLEN DIAMONDS, RUBIES, GOLD, etc. to be worn at the Jubilee of German-rooted Elisabeth II Mountbatten Mary Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, but of the MURDER OF DIANA BY THE BRITISH MONARCHY.

    A few months prior to Diana’s murder in Paris, Klaus Werner had accused the UNLAWFUL “Queen” for plotting to kill Diana. Klaus was DEPORTED by the Jewish-Zionist controlled London Police for the CRIME of “stalking” Diana when the tabloid whores were doing one million times WORSE THAN THAT!

    Please, watch Christopher Everard’s “LADY DIE 1 & 2″. Basheer will be writing on Diana’s murder because he was the one who wrote to Dodie’s father Muhammad Al-Fayed at Harrod’s s’ warning him in 1997 as soon as the news were out that Dodie was meeting with Diana that CIA-MOSSAD, MI6 and DGSE would murder his son in Paris. He reminded Al Fayed about what happened to Jean Seaberg who was murdered by the CIA in Paris!

    Ghyslaine

  13. #13 by ruby22-kate on June 2, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    @Ingrid, I read somewhere that Ariel Sharon indeed watched the slaughter, he was found guilty by an Israeli investigation, Sabra & Shatilla are where Arik earned his the moniker “Butcher of Beirut.”

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