Protest Assad supporter Seymour Hersh

Syria Solidarity NYC will be protesting Seymour Hersh's appearance at the New York Public Library to promote his newly released memoir on June 20. It is a painful irony that Seymour Hersh, who broke the My Lai massacre story in 1968, has now become an open supporter of the genocidal Assad regime, portraying it as a guarantor of "stability" and repeatedly covering up for its massacres. Please stand with us, and for the Syrian victims who cannot be present.

In his new memoir, Reporter, Hersh stands by his theorizing (based, of course, on conveniently anonymous sources) that the Syrian rebels were reponsible for the August 2013 chemical attack at Ghouta that killed hundreds—1,500, by high estimates. An investigation by Human Rights Watch, based on foresnic findings of UN teams on the ground, concluded that the Bashar Assad regime was responsible for the attack—even identifying the military base the chemical warheads were launched from. The UN Commission of Inquiry on the Ghouta attack also determined that the sarin gas used in the attack had originated from the Assad regime's stockpile (Reuters, March 5, 2014).

The Commission of Inquiry last year determined that there had been more than 30 chemical attacks over the course of the Syrian war—overwhelmingly attributed to the Assad regime. However, the UN Joint Investigative Mechanism on Syria, established with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to formally assign blame in the attacks, had its mandate vetoed by Russia in November, putting an end to its work.

In his memoir, Hersh also repeats his portrayal of the Syrian opposition as monolithically "jihadist"—a betrayal of the pro-democracy civil resistance that has been struggling against the Assad dictatorship since March 2011, even as the regime has escalated to genocide.

Hersh has now become an open supporter of this genocidal regime. In a 2013 interview with Democracy Nowafter that year's Ghouta chemical attack—he said, "Inside the [intelligence] community, for the last year, it’s been known that the only game in town, whether you like it or don’t like it, was Bashar… because…the opposition…were being overrun by jihadists… [T]the only solution for stability was Bashar. You have to just like it or don't like it."

Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 PM
New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at 42nd St, New York, NY

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Image: Hersh's memoir placed in the "fiction" section where it belongs by Syria Solidarity NYC

  1. Seymour Hersh chemical denialism gets worse

    Every time I think he can't get any worse, he surprises me. Al-Bab calls out his latest:

    Interviewed on the BBC's Daily Politics programme…Hersh made the astonishing assertion that "there's no such thing as a chlorine bomb".

    "The American intelligence community has been very clear that there's no evidence," he said.

    At first it sounded as if Hersh was simply making a technical point – that chlorine weapons aren't "bombs" because they don't contain explosives – but as the interview continued it became clear that he was not.

    He went on to suggest the reported deaths and injuries were a result of airstrikes hitting stores of chlorine on the ground…

    Even if it were true (it isn't) that the US intelligence community has been "clear" that there was no evidence of chlorine gas use, it isn't it cute how we're supposed to trust the US intelligence community all of a sudden when it tells us what we want to hear—even if it contradicts the findings of the UN, human rights groups and media investigations. Compare this baseless off-the-cuff malarky with the findings of the New York Times, in an exacting investigation undertaken with the independent group Bellingcat.

    That Hersh has one single shred of credibility left whatsoever is a damning indictment of the contemporary left. Utter moral and intellectual bankruptcy.

  2. How low can Seymour Hersh go?

    We may never find out. Every time I think he's hit bottom, he finds a way to go lower. His latest lies are featuredon RT. The fucking irony of Kremlin propaganda organ RT gloating that the genuinely heroic White Helmets are (in Hersh's words) a "propaganda organization" is another one to file under #OrwellWouldShit. Plus, we're treated to more baseless bullshit about Assad not being responsible for the Ghouta chemical attack.

    Then note the transcript from his book-promotion gig in Brooklyn on The Intercept where, amid his typically garbled syntax, he makes a racist howler:  "That war's pretty much over… And whether you like it or not, a lot of people hate Bashar al-Assad, and they certainly, he’s despicable, but you name me a guy in the Middle East that isn't."

    Moderator Jeremy Scahill apparently did not see fit to call this out. 

    Can anyone explain to us why Seymour Hersh has one single thread of credibility left?