Did your money help pay for the radicalization of Mevlüt Mert which destroyed two lives this Monday?
Mevlüt Mert, the Turkish off duty cop who assassinated Russia's ambassador to Turkey, made it clear that in his mind this was retaliation for Russia's actions in Aleppo:
The attacker reportedly shouted: “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria! As long as our brothers are not safe, you will not enjoy safety,” according to footage released on Dutch website nos.nl.
“Whoever has a share in this oppression will pay for it one by one,” he added.
“Only death will take me away from here,” he said. He also recited “God is great” before speaking in Turkish.
As of now we don't precisely know what he believed about Aleppo or where he was getting his news from. But here is what we do know -- media, both Turkish and western, is generally pro-interventionists and is only too happy to echo whatever is said by Syrian opposition activists frequently masquerading as reporters, rescuers and human rights activists.
However even these supposedly Syrian groups are often tutored, financed and launched by western governments. The infamous "White Helmets" were actually thought up by USAID -- an American government agency, and continues to be lavishly funded by the British and US governments.
Recently there has also been a revelation that a major media office for the opposition ("Revolutionary Forces of Syria") is actually a propaganda operation of the British government that is staffed by extremely well-compensated westerners and paid for by London.
So here is a question: If you are a British or American taxpayer did your money help finance the radicalization of Mevlüt Mert? The young man who thought Russia's crimes in Aleppo were so great he was willing to throw his life away to get "even" with its ambassador.