Henrik Raeder Clausen adds: “The most recent example of staging is from the supposed chemical attack in Douma. Here, according to the White Helmets’ own video, we are expected to believe that a cylinder of chlorine gas broke through an iron-reinforced concrete roof without damaging the glassware below. The cylinder then levitated across the room to lie down gently on wooden double bed. The cylinder, still sealed, showed no sign of impact damage from the roof, but did somehow manage to scratch the staircase leading up to the apartment. Neither the cylinder nor its content had caused any harm to the chickens held downstairs, not to mention the supposed victims in the basement of the building….Given these talents, it should be obvious to give the White Helmets an Academy Award. And that actually did take place: In 2017, the White Helmets won the category Documentary (Short Subject). This 40-minute “documentary” conveniently ignores the presence of Islamist rebels in the Syrian war, not to mention their massive atrocities against Syrian civilians.”
“UK begins ‘resettling’ White Helmets as refugees,” RT, September 25, 2018:
The first Syrian White Helmets have arrived for resettlement to the UK, where officials call them “brave volunteers” and heroes. The group only works in militant-controlled areas and has been seen rubbing shoulders with jihadists.
Members of the group and their families will be settled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), the Home Office announced on Monday.
The White Helmets “saved the lives of thousands of innocent civilians during the Syrian conflict,” said Home Secretary Sajid Javid, adding he was “proud that the UK is resettling these brave individuals and their families and giving them the opportunity to rebuild their lives here.”
“We welcome the first White Helmets to be resettled in the UK,” said Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, calling their actions “true modern day heroism.”
“These brave volunteers have rushed to pull people from the rubble when bombs have rained down on Syria and I’m proud that the UK has led the way in their evacuation and resettlement,” added Hunt.
London has granted asylum to 29 “White Helmets” and up to 70 of their family members, the Daily Telegraph reported. The first family has already arrived, with the rest due next month. The Home Office did not include any numbers in its announcement. Back in July, the UK led efforts to evacuate 98 group members and 324 of their relatives from an enclave in southern Syria, via Israel.
In a sense, the White Helmets are coming home: the group was set up in 2013 by former British intelligence operative James Le Mesurier, and is funded in part by the US and UK governments. Though calling itself the “Syrian civil defense,” the group has operated exclusively in areas controlled by anti-government rebels, among whom is Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, now called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
The government in Damascus flat-out accuses the White Helmets of being terrorists, offering them a choice between surrender and amnesty, or death.
“You have videos and photos of this group’s members holding swords and celebrating the death of Syrian soldiers,” President Bashar Assad told Russian journalists in July.“What more evidence do you need that they are not a humanitarian organization, but a mask used by Al-Qaeda?”…