by Scott Creighton
Back on June 9th I wrote Amina Arraf: The Nurse Nayirah of Syria. I was comparing the current “Gay Girl in Damascus” story to the old 90-91 propaganda effort of Nurse Nayirah, the ambassador’s daughter who pretended to be a nurse and went before the U.S. congress and lied about Saddam’s army throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait (I guess no one back then ever wondered why the heck Saddam wanted incubators).
Turns out Electronic Intifada was all over this story and they dug deeper and deeper til they found out who was really behind it. They found out it was a couple from the United States and after the Washington Post also got into the act, the two confessed.
In part, this is the confession he posted on his fraudulent “Gay Girl in Damascus” blog…
… I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about.
I only hope that people pay as much attention to the people of the Middle East and their struggles in thıs year of revolutions. The events there are beıng shaped by the people living them on a daily basis. I have only tried to illuminate them for a western audience.” Tom MacMaster
Only in America could someone actually claim that they have not harmed anyone after they attempted to start a war, an illegal occupation, based on lies.
The Syrian government had this to say about it:
“MacMaster’s hoax aimed at enhancing continuous fabrications and lies against Syria in term (sic) of kidnapping bloggers and activists,” CNN
Without even a hint of irony, MacMaster still tried to hold onto the propaganda saying that this is all being shaped by people living it, living in Syria. MacMaster is from Stone Mountain Georgia and Scotland.
His wife/girlfriend sent a Tweet to a guy from NPR stating that they were currently “on vacation” in Turkey and they just wanted to have fun right now and not deal with “all this mess”. Nice huh? Doing their best to set-up the next Nurse Nayirah story for an invasion of Syria and then it’s off to Turkey to probably set up another little “pro-democracy” effort there as well.
Anyway, that little bit of propaganda didn’t last long.