Only 'enemy' governments like Russia and China are capable of such acts.
But when it is convenient for them to do so, politically, Western governments quickly embrace the "false flag" model of conspiracies, which just happened in France.
Because the U.S.-led NATO security alliance wants the world to believe that Russia is the planetary boogeyman, the French government is now claiming that Russian mercs belonging to the Wagner Group staged a "French atrocity" in the country of Mali this month.
The French military has said it has videos of Russian mercenaries burying bodies near an army base in northern Mali, which it says is part of a smear campaign against the French, who handed the Gossi base over to Malian forces earlier this week.
Satellite images taken by the French military Thursday morning show what appear to be 10 Caucasian soldiers covering approximately a dozen Malian bodies with sand 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) east of the Gossi military base in the country’s north, according to a French military officer.
In the video one of the soldiers appears to be filming the scene. The Caucasian soldiers in the video are believed to be members of the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary force, the officer said.
Not that something didn't happen, but let's be real: "Are believed to be" is intelligence code speak for, "we don't really know so we're assigning blame for maximum geopolitical effect."
According to France24, a number of tweets with photos of bodies have allegedly been posted from accounts that either support Russia or are phony accounts created by the Wagner Group, according to the intelligence officer.
One tweet from an account called Dia Diarra, which was supposedly created by the mercenary group, said: “This is what the French left behind when they left base at #Gossi. These are excerpts from a video that was taken after they left! We cannot keep silent about this!”
Last week, the French army handed over control of a military base at Gossi to Malian soldiers. French military officials said the hand-off was done in an orderly, safe and transparent manner. But later in the day, reportedly, a "French sensor observed a dozen Caucasian individuals, most likely belonging to the Wagner Group" as well as a detachment from the Malian army arrive at the base and off-load gear, the French military said in a secret report that was leaked to the Associated Press (of course).
“This is the first time that the French military is making public such drone or surveillance maybe done by a plane,” FRANCE 24 terrorism expert Wassim Nasr said, according to the outlet.
“We know that on the 20th [of March], Wednesday afternoon, the French military saw those vehicles, those Chinese-made vehicles that are used by the Malian army, going into and outside of the base of Gossi that the French left on the 19th – and on the same night they got footage that shows us [...] that they slept at the base," he added.
“We see the Malian soldiers sleeping outside and downstairs we see Russian – French military say Wagner – operatives sleeping in tents,” Nasr noted further. “And the same night at 10 pm we have the first tweet from a fake Twitter account [...] that says 'look at what we will show you; we will show you the massacre left by French soldiers. [...] Then yesterday, so Thursday, at 9:50 pm, French surveillance means saw [...] as they say, Wagner military throwing sand on corpses next to the military facility.”
Why would Russian mercs (who are aligned with the Kremlin) murder Malian soldiers? What is the purpose of pinning those murders on the French? In the great scheme of things, isn't it more likely that the killers were operating independently in order to assist some sort of Malian resistance movement?
This all seems very convenient, given the long-standing French presence in Mali. But we can't simply take their word for it anymore; we've all been lied to far too often.