Here is the link: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/30/russias_entry_into_syria_worsens_deadly
And here is what I said about it:
Democracy Now! featured an embarrassingly awful interview with a woman from Physicians for Social Responsibility and a Syrian doctor from East Ghouta who was using a pseudonym to protect himself. One wonders how important the name is, if his face, his place of origin and his occupation are revealed. The focus of the coverage was a die-in at the UN by Syrians wanting the UN to end Russia’s bombing campaign. The video intro, showed twice, once before the headlines and again to introduce the segment, showed a woman doctor allegedly from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) railing about all the hospitals attacked by the Syrian Government and now Russian air raids. Watching, it is easy to forget that MSF has not been active in Syria for years. They admitted that they did not have a presence there in August 2013 when the Sarin incident occurred.
The show spent quite a while addressing a supposed large number (7-12) of Russian strikes on Hospitals in Syria without any evidence presented or any specific details of a single event except in East Ghouta. The Syrian doctor used a pseudonym so there is no way to trace his identity. But he said he left Syria a year ago, and is living in New York. How he came to be in the U.S. was not specified, but he is one of precious few Syrians allowed to come to this country. He claimed that the Syrian Arab Army is attacking civilians and hospitals in Ghouta all the time. He said hospitals were underground there because above ground they would be targeted. In fact, these hospitals in rebel held territories in Syria are more like field hospitals in the heart of a war zone.
East Ghouta is a site from which Damascus is regularly shelled. It is the place where the alleged Sarin Gas Attack took place in 2013. He said that the hospital there was responsible for all the care of civilians. But how many civilians could be there?. He said 500,000 civilians are still in Ghouta, but that sounds way over the top to me. Since Ghouta is a jihadi (currently, Al Nusra) enclave (and has been for years) it seems likely few civilians remain. In fact, the Syrian Arab Army has done everything possible to evacuate civilians from conflict areas like this and they are provided in the safe zones under government control.
Amy actually brought up the 2013 Chemical Weapons attack in East Ghouta and asked the Syrian doctor (a dentist, actually) what that was like. She showed a video of President Obama blaming the Assad government and worrying that they might share their chemical weapons with ‘terrorists’ (Hezbollah?) He said New Yorkers would understand because it was like 9/11. He used the term ‘massacre’. He was stumbling around looking for answers. Amy asked what the symptoms of the gas victims were like. While the producers showed one of the weird photos from the propaganda around the event, he hemmed and hawed and finally said that they were told it was Sarin gas. Didn’t mention a single symptom. He had no idea.
In any case, this event has been technically proven to have come from a local source and not the regime forces who would have been several miles further away.
Eventually they (Amy and Juan) got around to talking to the PSR representative about the attacks on the MSF Hospital in Kunduz and the Saudi attack on the MSF hospital in Saada, Although there are civilian fatalities in any war, and there may be some kind of (battle)field hospitals in the ‘rebel held’ areas of Syria, the original residents are long gone. I would assert that attacks like the ones alleged in Syria (even if they are true, and we have no proof of that) are qualitatively different than the attacks in Kunduz and Saada.
The ‘hospitals’ alleged to have been attacked in Syria are makeshift operations in militarily active areas occupied by the ‘enemies’ of those who attacked them. They do not share their coordinates with the attackers who are engaged in reciprocal fire with proximate forces. Their neutrality is suspect unlike that of MSF which was created by an ex NATO official and which unquestionably is a western based NGO that was attacked by the United States and and Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the U.S. My first thought was that the Kunduz attack was a friendly fire incident.
The international mercenaries operating in Syria and the fanatical fundamentalist Syrians at war with the government have attacked hospitals and schools as well as critical infrastructure in the country. They not only occupy the city of Raqqa and a dam on the Euphrates that supplies all the local communities with drinking water, but they have polluted the river that constitutes the primary water supply for Aleppo with dead bodies. When they abandon a village, they leave it mined with IEDs. They drive the residents from an area, then move in, often with their families. If ISIS attacked al Nusra’s hospital in a well established location, that would be a comparable act to a US attack on an MSF hospital.. . and few in the west would mourn.
The entire interview was an embarrassment. It turned the facts upside down. The reason this matters is because much of the American left watches DN! and takes their cues from Amy’s coverage with regard to what is and is not credible. You would think she would have learned her lesson in Libya. But apparently her delusions are persistent.