Decision to bring White Helmets to Canada dangerous and
is a Canadian independent journalist and activist. She has spent years on the ground covering conflict zones in the
Middle East, especially in Syria and Palestine (where she lived for nearly four years).
10 Aug, 2018 17:24 / Updated 1 year ago
Did Canadians get to vote on whether or not to bring potential terrorists or supporters of terrorists to Canada? No. Will Canadians get a say in where these potentially dangerous men will
be settled? Highly unlikely.
Ninety-eight members of the White Helmets, and a few hundred of their families, were evacuated by Israel and allies to Jordan late
in evening of July 21. They will seemingly be shipped off to a few Western nations for resettlement: Canada, the UK, and Germany. So far, Canada has pledged to take 50 White Helmets and around 200 family members.
Wrongly dubbed the “Syrian Civil Defense” (the actual
Syrian Civil Defense has existed since 1953), the White Helmets
narrative is flawed in every conceivable manner.
Packaged as neutral, heroic, volunteer rescuers, who have “saved 115,000 lives”, according to White Helmets leader Raed Al Saleh, they are in reality a massively Western-funded organization with salaried volunteers, and have no documentation of those 115,000 saved. They contain numerous members who have participated in or
supported criminal acts in Syria, including torture, assassinations, beheading, and kidnapping of civilians,
as well as inciting Western military intervention in Syria.
James LeMesurier, a former member of the British military who founded the White Helmets, did so in countries neighbouring Syria: in Turkey and Jordan. They have since worked solely in terrorist-held areas of Syria, and according to Syrian
civilians in eastern Ghouta, they worked directly with, or were themselves, extremists of Jaysh al-Islam or other extremist groups. Civilians in east Aleppo
said that White Helmets worked with al-Qaeda in Syria (the Nusra Front).
The fact that White Helmets centres are frequently, if not
always, found near or next to headquarters of al-Qaeda and other terrorist factions further supports the accusations that they collaborate with terrorists—even with ISIS, as noted by ISIS hostage John Cantlie. He described the White helmets as an "ISIS fire brigade".
White Helmets have also been at the scene of executions; filmed standing over dead Syrian soldiers; cheering on and cleaning up after an execution in Daraa Governorate, and disposing of the bodies of assassinated Syrian soldiers (including decapitated bodies) in Daraa Governorate.
White Helmets members were present to welcome Saudi terrorist Abdullah al-Muhaysini, leader of al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) who the US government designated a terrorist for “acting for or on behalf of” al-Nusra, and helping to finance them.
Over sixty White Helmets members have
clear ties to terrorist and extremist groups, as shown by their own social media accounts and videos. In many of their own photos they hold weapons. Some White Helmets members have called for the murders of Shia villagers in Idlib governorate, and were instrumental in the massacre and injury of over 300 villagers, including 116 children in April 2017.
Not exactly neutral and members of the Daraa batch of White
Helmets could very possibly be among those soon to be en route to Western nations.
Not Russian propaganda: Canadian, American, British journalists first exposed the White Helmets
In September 2014, independent Canadian journalist Cory Morningstar wrote about the New York City PR firm, Purpose Inc, and its propaganda role regarding the White Helmets. In March and April 2015, independent US journalist Rick Sterling, further
scrutinized the White Helmets and related “humanitarian” groups serving to call for a no-fly-zone in Syria.
Since then, and for years now, concerned journalists and commentators have written or posed questions on the entity known
as the White Helmets. In addition to the years-long investigations by Vanessa Beeley, commentators
- from former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford, award-winning US journalist Gareth Porter, award-winning journalist John Pilger, and even rock legend Roger Waters, have noted that the White Helmets are a dangerous and fraudulent group, or as Pilger put it, a propaganda construct.
I have already outlined this chronology of investigations, refuting corporate media claims that voices critical of the White Helmets stem from Russian influence. Yet, slavish supporters of the White Helmets, continue to demonize
anyone posing critical and needed questions on this group, generally labelling such people as “Russian bots”, “influenced by Russia”, or some variation of that, in an attempt to insist only people under the influence
of Russia have been critical of the White Helmets.
In the case of the Atlantic Council's Ben Nimmo, his tweet on the lack of or
scant mention by RT or Sputnik in 2014, 2015, to mid 2016 of the White Helmets supports my argument: those are precisely the times when the above-mentioned independent journalists were investigating the group.
White Helmets next to terrorists’
In Syria, I saw two different White Helmets centres in close proximity to terrorists' headquarters: one in eastern Aleppo, and one in Saqba, eastern Ghouta. The Saqba centre was two hundred metres from a factory extremists used to manufacture mortars and missiles, quite possibly those used to bomb civilians in Damascus. It contained a fire-truck
stolen from the real Syrian Civil Defense, as well as ambulances and vehicles all torched when the White Helmets left Ghouta with terrorists of Jaysh al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman, among others. They were all safely transported to Idlib as per the
deal with the Syrian government.
The other White Helmets centre I saw was in the Ansari district of Aleppo's east. Formerly a school (and now returned to this status), this centre was a half minute's walk to the headquarters of al-Qaeda in Syria, as well as the Abu Amara Brigades, and other extremists.
Vanessa Beeley, who had previously been to Ansari, wrote a detailed article additionally
noting that just 200 metres from that same White Helmets centre was Al Mashad Square, where 12-year-old Palestinian youth, Abdullah Issa, was savagely tortured and then slowly beheaded.
In the Old City, next to Aleppo's citadel last May, I spoke with
an older man who had remained in Aleppo during the terrorists’ rule. He told me: “The Civil Defence is supposed to rescue people, but they used to steal women's earrings from their dead bodies. If she was
wearing gold, they'd cut her hand to steal it. They are thieves, not rescuers. We saw them murdering people, many times.”
In Douma and Kafr Batna, I spoke with civilians who told me they saw Jaysh al-Islam extremists wearing White Helmets uniforms, and White Helmets working with Jaysh al-Islam. Another eastern Ghouta
resident, Marwan Qreisheh, said the early White Helmets members who came to Ghouta weren't Syrian, didn't speak Arabic, and used their money to attract “volunteers”.
He spoke of them staging rescue scenes: “They'd start
filming and claiming that SAA hit this area, it was in front of our eyes, and we knew it was all staged, but we didn’t dare to stand against them because they would kill us, they would empty their gun in you immediately.”
Who killed the civilians in White Helmets Douma videos?
It was the White Helmets who released (WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC) videos and photos alleging a chemical attack in Douma in April 2018. Yet,
no civilian among the many I met in Douma believed there had been a chemical attack and medical staff didn’t see patients
exposed to a chemical agent. More recently, the OPCW ruled out the use of a nerve agent used in Douma, finding only traces of “chlorinated organic chemicals”.
So, who and what killed the women and children shown in the White Helmets-distributed
video from Douma? Did the White Helmets take part in their murder, or merely film their bodies (some arranged) after the fact?
media has diligently avoided asking a single honest question of the propaganda group they laud, and has for years attacked those of us who do ask questions and take testimonies of Syrian civilians on this matter.
Canadian cover for White Helmets
Canada has been assisting the White Helmets for some years
now, under the pretext of aiding humanitarians. While the full extent of Canadian financial support to the White Helmets has yet to be revealed, at least Can$7.5 million (US$5.7mn) was given to the group, helping with “the development and expansion of early warning air raid systems.”
Following the Israeli evacuation of White Helmets and their families from southern Syria, Global
Affairs Canada released a statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, on the “courageous volunteers”,
regurgitating the White Helmets “save the innocent and the wounded” unsubstantiated claim.
Unsubstantiated because, in spite of the fancy videos, neither the White Helmets nor its UK backers
can provide a list of the supposed over 115,000 civilians rescued.
While the media has lauded Canada's role in the evacuation of the White Helmets members, it’s worth noting the person, Robin
Wettlaufer, behind this evacuation effort. Wettlaufer met with White
Helmet leader Raed Saleh (once denied entry to the US due to his potential ties to extremists, according to Mark Toner)
in late June, as the Syrian army was regaining territory in Daraa governorate.
READ MORE: 'Propaganda organization': White Helmets 'engage in anti-Assad activities'
– author Sy Hersh to RT
Wettlaufer has held the Istanbul-based position of Special Representative for Syria, under Global Affairs Canada, from March 2014 to present, according to her LinkedIn page.
In fact, she is the Special Representative to the Syrian Opposition, something noted in a December 2016 Global Affairs Canada video featuring
Given that Wettlaufer is thus Canada's Representative to extremists in Syria, her key role in instigating the evacuation of the White Helmets is hardly surprising, let alone praise-worthy. But it should be worrying to Canadians. Did Canadians
get to vote on whether or not to bring potential terrorists or supporters of terrorists to Canada? No. No vote in the Parliament, no public discussion. Will Canadians get a say in where these potentially dangerous men will be settled? No sign of that so far,
and indeed highly unlikely.
Why did the Canadian government refuse the entry of 100 injured Palestinian children from Gaza in 2014, a truly humanitarian effort, and yet will fast-track the entry of potentially dangerous men with potential ties to terrorists?
As for the claims of danger to the White Helmets in southern Syria, their comrades in eastern Aleppo and in eastern Ghouta were safely transported out of those areas, along with their families and with extremists who
refused to take amnesty, while Aleppo and eastern Ghouta had peace restored. The White Helmets are potential security threats to citizens in the Western nations planning on hosting them.
As citizens privy to all this information and
all the questions on the White Helmets, we must demand our governments reverse this plan, or at least provide us with confirmation that the immigrants in question have been fully investigated and have not been involved in terrorist activities in Syria in any
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Comments bellow are "copy paste" without any personal thoughts or additions :
- Strange. They don't want their troops back... Who founded and
paid them, should keep them.
- As a Canadian, I am adamantly opposed to any White Helmets coming here!
- No Wicked White Helmuts in
OZ. Good idea. L. Frank Baum them.
- sadly, we got the central American "refugees" that the united snakes did not want, in a one sided "refugee swap deal", Turnbull, "please PRETEND to accept our (Naru),
refugees so l do not look weak at home", Trump, "this is a bad deal but we will honor this bad deal", they didn't get ours, but we sure as hell got theirs.
- As usual, we will ignore all the strong
warnings and bright red flags. And when things go wrong, we'll throw in taxpayer billions or trillions to manage the crisis. Then repeat.
- Do the Canadians know that the White Helmets are really ISIS.
- This simply tells you that " Canada:" no longer exists as a sovereign country but simply a brand name. Normal common sense would have a real investigation, real vetting by Immigration Canada and
a subsequent" rejection" and deportation under the Canadian Terrorist Act of 2003. But since none of this is happening, what does that tell you? Canada is beholden to the IMF and World Bank, so it is a vassal of an evil enterprise, shame, shame on you Canada.
- so many people in our governments should be dealt with by rope and soap, next to these scoundrels.
- Trudeau should be executed for so many reasons....this
is yet another reason he needs to be executed for treason.
- Canada is full of families from countries where US/NATO forces operate. That is how they get locals to cooperate and work for them. Deal
is: I will work for you but if I do my family is in danger so they relocate the family to Canada. Most Canadians have no clue.
- Canada and Trudeau have completely lost it. These guys are terrorists
pure and simple.
- why is Justin saying that the human right actives are condemns by Saudi Ariba yet he bring white helmet to Canada a who violated human right law he need to shut up because what goes
for one goes for all,
- Bringing terrorists to your homeland? Definition of stupidity....
- No, they have a purpose. The Canadian government
will use them to blow up the pipeline as a "FALSE FLAG" against the Native Americans. He can then take action against them say, maybe blow up some villages? Very sneaky.
- Trudeau and the entire Liberal
party is a blight to Canada. He is well hated by most Canadians, more so every day.
- It is shocking that Canada, after taking all the verbal abuse that it has from the Trump administration, still
will take pro-jihadists into its fold. Why would they do that? Well, one answer is clear as day: as we all are aware, Al Quaeda and the rest of the jihadist groups in the Middle East have been getting paid by NATO, specifically, the US, to cause
turmoil (a gentle name for what they do) and giving the US good reason for going in to get rid of terrorists (of their own making)....how obvious is this fact? Canada is just a vassal of the US
is run by the USA, and have to do as they are told?
- The White Helmets have been brought to Canada to stage "FALSE FLAGS" against the Native Americans fighting the pipeline. Obviously, their false
flag will be blowing up the pipe line. The Canadian government will then bomb the Native American villages. The White Helmets will rush to issue their statement blaming HAMAS & Assad before being reminded that they are in a different country now!! OPPS!
- Eva Bartlett, amazing and always interesting and truthful reporting as usual. The MSM would do well to learn from the likes of Eva and Vanessa Beeley and not sit behind western propaganda from western governments.
- Good article Ms Bartlett has it right. Canada is becoming a haven for the next phase of Islamic terror attacks in North America and justin trudeau is responsible. Canada has subsidized the immigration of over
100000 muslim soldiers of Allah in the last tear alone. Making America's problem with Mexicans on the southern border appear trivial, which it is. Future acts of terror in North America will probably come from Canada.
Sad,,,,,,,Poor Canada, we pick a fight with the US and SAUDIS which we cannot win to virtue signal. But we have 50/50 male-female cabinet based on gender, not competence. Now we will take in a bunch more terrorists for the next govt.
to clean up.
- The mask is falling off from these so good White Helmets Samaritans. No they are described what they really are, terrorists !! Is anybody surprised now ?
force those terrorists who come to Canada to permanently wear their white helmets !