The western media has mourned the passing of their icon of the Syrian ‘revolution’, Abdul Basset Sarout. The U.S., UK, and Israeli media have portrayed the former soccer player from Homs as an icon of the freedom-fighting rebels, who began as protesters, and then rebels fighting in white tennis shoes, which eventually were sponsored by Pres. Barack Obama, Senator John McCain, and NATO.
The extent of the role of mainstream western media propaganda in the Syrian war cannot be overstated. The media’s job was to soften up the public in North America, Europe, and Australia in order to stop any mass public outcry against the Radical Islamic terrorists being used as foot-soldiers inside Syria for the purpose of regime change. Removal of the Syrian President, and secular form of government, and installing a Muslim Brotherhood regime in Damascus was the goal. The Muslim Brotherhood has a working relationship with the U.S., UK, and Israel.
Abdel Basset Sarout was their poster-boy. He fit the profile so well: born in Homs in 1992 and a young man when the protests began there in April 2011, he rose to prominence with his singing of revolutionary songs, urging not just a political revolution, but a religious revolution of Jihad, while promoting the sectarian cleansing of Syria. “Death to the Christian and non-Sunni minorities”: he was a follower of Radical Islam, which called for the secular government to be overthrown and an Islamic State to be installed, with Shariah Law as the constitution.
Regardless of what the numerous groups’ names are, or who supports them, the common denominator is that they are all Sunni Muslims, and fighting to establish a new Syrian government which is strictly Sunni Muslim.
“God willing we will work with them shoulder-to-shoulder when we leave here,” Sarout has been translated as saying in the speech. “And we are not Christians or Shiaa to be scared of suicide belts and car bombs. We consider these things as strengths of ours, and God willing they will be just that. This message is to the Islamic State and our brothers in Jabhat al-Nusra, that when we come out of here we will all be one hand to fight Christians and not to have internal fights among ourselves. We want to take back all the lands that have been filthied by the regime, that were entered and taken over by Shiaas and apostates.”
He survived 8 years of war by switching his alliances. He first began with the U.S. backed Free Syrian Army (FSA); however, they were never successful in filling their ranks with local Syrian men willing to kill their neighbors. Over time, the FSA issued a plea to their brothers in arms, Al Qaeda, and thousands of seasoned terrorists began pouring in over the Turkish border from the four corners of the globe. That marked the end of the FSA, and the beginning of the new phase of the war in Syria, which were Radical Islamic terrorists on Jihad. The local “Syrian Revolution” flavor of the war was lost forever, as terrorists from Europe, North Africa, the Arab Gulf, and Asia became the dominant fighting force.
Sarout then switched to ISIS at the end of 2014 and was filmed holding their flag, but they rejected him. Maybe it was their strict ban on drugs which caused Sarout to pack his bags and join the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. By then, most who were formerly affiliated with FSA was now under the Al Qaeda umbrella, as the strongest fighting force in Syria, outside of ISIS. Amnesty International in 2016 documented the ‘rebel’ groups were carrying out kidnappings, tortures, and executions on minorities, civilians, and including children, even though they were supported and supplied by the U.S. and other democratic countries.
Sarout traveled in and out of Turkey, as that was the rest-stop and re-supply point for the terrorists. By the spring of 2019, the battles had turned to the last terrorist controlled territory of Idlib. It was Sarout and his fellow terrorists who had used the American weapons given to them to target unarmed civilians on May 12th in As Suqaylabiyah, a small Christian town South of Idlib, which resulted in the deaths of children.
He died in a Turkish hospital on June 8th, and his body was buried on the Turkish border. He began fighting in his home of Homs, then fought for the Americans, and finally died fighting for the Turkish. He may have begun thinking he was fighting for Syria, but he spent 8 years employed fighting for foreign countries and their interests. In the eyes of the majority of Syrians who have survived 8 years of loss and suffering, he died as a criminal murderer; no more, no less.