The White Helmets

white-helmets-film-artI watched the Netflix documentary The White Helmets. It was a 60 minutes of distress.

The White Helmets are heroes without a doubt, they are the first responders rescuing injured civilians in rebel-controlled parts of Syria.

The U.K. Guardian and The Independent urged the Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the White Helmets. As it turned out, they didn’t get that one, but they did receive the prestigious 2016 “Right Livelihood Award.”

The documentary is raw and all those people deserve recognition. 

However, there is another side to the story, including the fact that the White Helmets are not just some well-meaning Syrians who emerged to help all civilians suffering from the five years of war… Some think they are a source of propaganda about the war, a larger propaganda campaign to rally international support for a “regime change” war in Syria.

But that’s a controversy I won’t get into because war is not only inhumane, but dirty and only those living there know the truth… which is not always what the Western media show us.

For instance (and I’m sorry to say this) all those people using smartphones in a city (Aleppo) where they don’t even have electricity using Twitter in a perfect English (85% of the population only speak Arab,) or that 7 yo Twitter star, posting touching messages and selfies (also using impeccable English) look pretty orchestrated to me.

Anyhow, propaganda or not the White Helmets is a documentary you need to see.


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