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September 3, 2013 - 1:31 am

The Greek tragic dramatist Aeschylus once wrote that “in war, truth is the first casualty.” We can see that casualty in the drumbeats for war by the Democrat Left and the Obama administration over Syria during the past week.

It was just a few years ago when Democrats were hailing Assad as a “reformer” and someone the U.S. could work with to bring stability to the Middle East (looking at you John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi). Alas, it seems now, they’ve changed their tune. The new one has a heavier drumbeat.

Now we have MSNBC bringing their fact-free analysis in support of this Democrat warmongering chorus in an article by Aliyah Frumin published this morning titled “In Syria debate, little mention of rebels,” in which she launches this dud SCUD:

In Syria, the religious dynamic is particularly acute as Assad –a secular Sunni — is under attack mostly from religious Shia groups with varied interests and outside support.  It is unknown which groups, if any, may be affiliated politically with elements in Shia-ruled Iran, Saudi Arabia or even Hezbollah in Lebanon.

If the U.S. administration knows more about the rebels, it isn’t sharing much with the public.

In fact, Assad is an Alawite, which is a sect of Twelver Shia, not a secular Sunni. And he is receiving support, not being attacked by, his longtime Shia allies Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. It isn’t clear if Ms. Frumin also is trying to lump the Saudis in with this Shia alliance supposedly attacking Assad, but the Saudis are most decidedly Sunni. And they are heavily funding and arming the Sunni Islamists trying to bring down the Assad regime. I doubt Al Jazeera America would have made the same mistake.

Perhaps before the media and political establishment throw us into a regional religious war in the Middle East over weapons of mass destruction, they should first be required to disarm themselves of their own weapons of misinformation? And maybe Ms. Frumin is better suited to the Miley Cyrus beat instead of the Middle East.

Patrick Poole is a national security and terrorism correspondent for PJMedia. Follow me on Twitter.

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50 weeks ago
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There is now a footnote posted correcting Assad's affiliation. But I still wonder who Ms. Frumin is and if this article is more of an opinion piece than simple reporting.
51 weeks ago
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Not much background info on her - i.e., political activities, etc. Her maiden name is Aliyah Shahid. She's married to another journalist named Ben Frumin, who's currently editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. Looks like she worked for the New York Daily News at one time. I didn't find anything to indicate she or her husband are outrageously left-wing. Probably just typical NYC reporters, with all that implies.

That's about as much research as I'm inclined to do.
51 weeks ago
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Thank you! With a name like "Aliyah Shahid" I assume she would have some small knowledge of the actors and their affiliations, so maybe this wasn't a mistake?
51 weeks ago
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Expecting true and accurate information from MSNBC is like expecting modest and chaste behavior from Miley Cyrus.
51 weeks ago
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Facts? We don't need no stinking FACTS-when is the conservative tax paying US Citizen going to tire of the maroons at MSNBC
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