West Suffers Propaganda on Syria - Bulgarian Expert

World | February 14, 2012, Tuesday // 15:31|  views

Westerners are exposed to one-sided reports about ongoing violent events in Syria, whi favor the rebels, according to Bulgarian Middle East Expert Kiryak Tsonev.

"We are the victims of one-sided propaganda from the so-called rebels. From the other side, the side of the government, information is much more scarce," commented Tsonev for the Bulgarian National Radio Tuesday.

According to the Bulgarian expert, western media and governments are unduly biased to only one of the side in a violent armed conflict.

"At present there is a civil war going on in Syria - army against army. The rebels themselves call their units a Free Army. So demands for ceasefire on both sides are completely justified," added Tsonev.

According to him, there are no grounds for an ideological favorization of Sunni Muslims that he sees as prevalent on the part of the West.

"We must not forget that the Taliban were Sunni too," clarified Tsonev.

The vast majority of Syria's population is Sunni, while it is ruled by the Shiite Al-Assad family, which has been in power since 1971, when the father of current President Bashar Al-Assad, Hafez Al-Assad, became president.

Syria has been grappled by pro-democracy protests since March 2011, which have of late turned extremely violent, claiming the lives of thousands.

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Tags: Sunni, Shiite, Taliban, Syria, Syrian, protests, Kiryak Tsonev, Bashar Al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad, West, rebels


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