NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are not neutral observers, but promote Washington's aims
Originally Appeared at Contra Magazine. Translated from the German by Susan Neumann
Russia has had to listen to many accusations over the last few days. These allegations are based on statements by supposedly neutral organizations which are funded mainly through Western money. The Ministry of Defence has reacted with transparency, making new videos of Russian military operations accessible to the public.
Russia's campaign in Syria is efficient and relentless. Despite scheming setbacks like the shoot-down of the Su-24 by Turkish fighter planes, the Russian military has continued to carry out its mission in Syria. In this video you can see the last seconds of a remaining terrorist camp in Syria before the "made in Russia" bombs hit.
According to the Sputnik news agency, the Russian Defense Ministry reports more than 1,063 ISIS positions have been destroyed in the last six days. Attacks against terrorist targets were flown even over Christmas. How can it be that ISIS became so strong to begin with?
Over the course of more than a year, the Western powers were only able to record moderate successes against ISIS. In addition, the Western media have made ISIS famous for over a year now. Russia has involved itself in the fight against ISIS in Syria since the end of September and when reading about it in the Western mainstream media, one gets only crude allegations against the Russian military. We know from Collateral Murder how an attack by the Americans in Iraq is made.
In order to get proof of Russia's alleged crimes, one draws on statements made by organizations such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. With evidence like this nearly 18-minute video, which reveals to the public the cowardly executions of civilians carried out by an American Apache attack helicopter, these organizations sure have a hard time reporting on it. No wonder, because the murders of the civilians were done by Americans and not by Russians.
For four years, hardly a word was uttered by Amnesty International about the torture of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, until exactly one year ago when Alexa O’Brian gave a lecture on the subject at one of AI's organizational events. The journalist researched this case in great detail, especially regarding the severe abuse Manning had to endure in Iraq; before he was sentenced to 35 years in prison, that is.
In reporting on these organizations, one is given the impression that these are independent and international bodies that are entitled to have true statements. There's obviously no limit to the lying fantasies of organizations such Amnesty International or Reporters Without Borders.
It’s about private clubs that have been skillfully converted into neutral organizations through use of propaganda. It’s possible that these institutions are financed with millions of tax dollars and donations from the West. Western philanthropists, who often don’t know what else to do with their money, donate millions to these non-profit organizations. One can’t exactly dismiss the notion that these organizations are expected to act with a certain degree of moral responsibility when it comes to international matters.
Officially, the United Nations (UN) is a neutral and international organization, which, according to Sputnik, can’t confirm the allegations made by Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. Here, the neutral status of the UN is also not without controversy. However, UN employees are obliged to remain neutral regardless of what country they belong to. Their jobs and wages are also not dependent on the Western oligarchs’ donating spirit.
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