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Oleg Smirnov
2016-12-01 13:52:01 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/jranns5> spiked-online.com



.. There is a very specific narrative about the Syrian War in the Western
mainstream media: America and European allies have stood by and let Syria
burn, giving evil genius Putin a free hand to rearrange the Middle East. Putin
is a busy man for sure: as well as overthrowing Hillary Clinton, meddling in
the upcoming German and French elections, and masterminding Brexit, he has
apparently been sponsoring the Syrian War since 2011, too. He's clearly a
global manipulator on a scale history has rarely seen.

This narrative, of course, doesn't stand up. To begin with, Russian
intervention in Syria began in September 2015, when the Syrian government
formally requested military help, not in 2011, when the war started. In 2015,
the Syrian government was about to lose power to the coalition of Islamist
groups sweeping the state, and so Russia intervened with clearly stated
objectives: to bolster the government and prevent a rerun of Iraq.

How did Syria fall into such a dire state in the four years before Putin got
involved? This is the news about Syria that rarely makes the headlines. The
Syrian War has dragged on agonisingly for years because America, Britain,
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have sponsored various groups,
including jihadi groups, to fight Assad. Far from a lack of intervention,
America, Britain and other states have been intervening in Syria from the
start of the Arab Spring, and it is this intervention that has kept the
catastrophic war alive.

Following the Assad government's brutal response to anti-government protests
in the spring of 2011, the potential for civil war started to emerge. From the
start, America, Britain and other European allies explicitly argued that Assad
could not remain in power. That is to say, the sitting head of a government of
a long-existing state was effectively told he could not legitimately fight to
keep control of this country. This inevitably emboldened so-called rebel
elements and jihadi groups, and conflict intensified. Soon, Western
governments were not only denuding Assad of legitimacy but were also
hand-picking those they thought should fight against him and replace him. The
war was on.

An assortment of people with little or no relationship to what was going on in
Syria were picked by America and its allies and trotted around European
capitals as the 'democratic answer' for Syria. The main body, the Syrian
National Council, has since vanished, because it had no substance or any real
connection with the people of Syria. The Free Syrian Army is another name you
will come across in the media, but it also doesn't really exist in any
substantive way. As Mark Lynch argued in 2012, it's a 'mailbox' for various
disparate groups, ranging from defectors from the Syrian army to serious

American and European support has not been limited to talking up opposition
organisations and military groups. Western governments have also actively
funded and armed groups to fight against Assad. These are the so-called
rebels. In essence these rebel groups are a mix of Islamists. Some, such as
the CIA-funded Nour al-Din al-Zenki (known for beheading children), fight
under the banner of the Free Syrian Army. Others are linked to Jabhat Al
Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate, or to the Islamic Front. These Islamist groups
often fight among themselves, but they share the aim of establishing an
Islamist state in Syria. American and British taxes are going towards buying
weapons for groups that execute children and want to set up an ISIS-style
regime. ..

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Regime Change Abroad, Fascism at Home: How US Interventions Paved the
Way for Trump
Oleg Smirnov
2016-12-02 02:14:48 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/j9wh9d4> trueactivist.com

Assad Pardons Nearly 500 Militants As Syria And Russia Move To Reclaim Aleppo

Whitney Webb | November 30, 2016

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad chose to turn the other cheek by pardoning
484 local militants who recently surrendered, complicating his portrayal by
the US corporate media as a "bloodthirsty tyrant."

Aleppo, once Syria's most populous city, has been at the center of the Syrian
conflict for months as Syrian government forces, with Russian support, have
fought to reclaim the city from US-backed militants as well as Islamic State
(ISIS) fighters. After months of heavy fighting on both sides, and
international repercussions for some involved parties, the Syrian government,
with Russian support, have retaken much of Eastern Aleppo, which prior to the
battle was held almost entirely by US-backed rebel factions and the Islamic
State. ..

Yet, Assad's offers of amnesty is nothing new. The practice was announced in
August as a means to resolve the armed conflict as quickly and peacefully as
possible. Per the agreement, fighters of Syrian origin are given the
opportunity to return to their normal lives in exchange for laying down their
weapons. However, many Syrian disagree with the policy, arguing that the
militants who fight against Syria's government had "betrayed their nation" and
should not be allowed to return to their previous lives with no consequences.
There are also some Syrians that generally support the policy but distrust the
ease with which former rebels can join the Syrian Army. ..

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Oleg Smirnov
2016-12-02 02:46:33 UTC
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Russia: UN's Syria Aid Shipments Politicized, Mostly Going to Rebels

Offers to Escort Aid Into Eastern Aleppo

Jason Ditz | November 30, 2016

The Russian Foreign Ministry today issued a statement complaining that the
UN's humanitarian aid to Syria is becoming increasingly politicized, and that
the vast majority of the shipments being made are going into rebel territory,
leaving the government-held areas under siege short on aid.

As an example, the foreign ministry cited the situation in Deir Ezzor, where
an estimated 200,000 Syrians are trapped in government-held districts
surrounded by ISIS, and in need of supplies, but that only about 1% of the
UN's overall aid to the country is actually going there.

Instead, they say the aid is mostly going into places held by al-Qaeda's Nusra
Front.. It's not well documented where the UN is actually managing to deliver
aid, as the UN officials responsible mostly just complain about not being able
to get access to some places.

Struggles to get aid into Nusra's East Aleppo have been a major focus, and to
that end the Russian Defense Ministry offered its own separate statement
offering to escort the UN aid convoys into the area. Russia halted their
airstrikes against eastern Aleppo 44 days ago, in an attempt to get aid
deliveries started and to support civilian evacuations. So far, however, there
have been no UN deliveries.



UN, US Fail to Offer Humanitarian Aid to 90,000 Freed Aleppo Citizens

MIDDLE EAST | 30.11.2016

.. "Two days after over 90,000 Aleppo residents were freed from terrorists, no
offer of humanitarian assistance came from the office of UN envoy for Syria
Staffan de Mistura, the British and French Foreign Ministries or the US State
Department," the ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov reminded about the previous US, UK, UN and French demands to
provide humanitarian access to eastern Aleppo when it was held by the
militants. "Apparently, the [humanitarian] assistance was destined for certain
other people living in the eastern parts of Aleppo," Konashenkov said
highlighting the absence of the above-mentioned sides' interest in providing
civilians with humanitarian aid after all the necessary conditions for the aid
delivery had been created. ..
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Assad Pardons Nearly 500 Militants As Syria And Russia Move To Reclaim Aleppo
Oleg Smirnov
2017-02-04 23:38:08 UTC
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'US interventions a reason for migrant crisis, US should share burden' -
Austrian Chancellor

4 Feb, 2017

The US shares responsibility for the ongoing migrant crisis, according to
Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern. Speaking on the sidelines of an EU summit
in Malta, he stated that American "interventions" are in part to blame for the
refugee flows.

"There is no doubt that America shares responsibility for the refugee flows by
the way how it intervened militarily," Kern said on Saturday, as cited by AFP.

"It's unacceptable for the international community if America wants to avoid
responsibility. We need to make this clear to our American friends. I'm
convinced that there will be a high degree of unanimity [among EU leaders] on
this question," Kern went on to say. ..

While criticizing interventions launched by former US administrations, the
Austrian chancellor also lashed out at the newly elected president's recent
move to ban entry to the United States to residents of seven Muslim states. ..

Just ahead of the Malta meeting, EU President Donald Tusk took an
unprecedented step, warning European leaders that Trump's policies posed a
potential "threat" to the bloc, along with China, Russia, and radical Islam.
.. Spanish MEP Javier Couso told RT that the EU states are united in their
criticism of Trump's migrant policies, as they contradict European values. ..


Europatsies must be feeling anxious. It's true that the ongoing migrant crisis
is largely the result of the recent unnecessary wars largely initiated by the
US. So the US (as well as its the most faithful allie, the UK) were supposed
to share the responsibility, including adoption of the migrants. But the smart
Britts have made Brexit, and the smart Yanks have elected Trump. America first
and Britannia rule the waves, and the poor EUros have to solve the problems by
themselves. Take in more migrants of pay more to Turkey and take in more
Turks. If the Trump admin starts yet another little triumphalist war, against
Iran this time, then there will be even more migrants in Europe, and it won't
be an American problem. And there's also the Ukraine ("f*ck the EU" (Nuland))
that also's looking forward to the visa-free regime, because there are many
unregistered arms among the embittered men that had a recent combat experience
and they want to come to Europe too. Let's see where all this leads to.
The Coming Clash With Iran
2017-02-05 00:17:34 UTC
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'US interventions a reason for migrant crisis, US should share burden' -
Austrian Chancellor
We should offer to set up the no fly zone and then run all the pilot
training missions there over the migrant camps.
That's Karma
2017-02-05 00:23:23 UTC
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'US interventions a reason for migrant crisis, US should share burden' -
Austrian Chancellor
He didn't HAVE to take them in:

Oleg Smirnov
2017-04-12 14:27:51 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/llurcxx> consortiumnews.com

Russia's Disdain for Tillerson and Trump

With Russia's hopes for détente with President Trump dashed by his missile
strike on Syria, the Kremlin looks askance at visiting Secretary of State
Tillerson who it feels played the Colin Powell role for his boss ..

Gilbert Doctorow | April 11, 2017


The article presents a review of intra-Russian opinions and mass media.


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Trump Is Losing His Support Base After Attacking the Syrian Government
Oleg Smirnov
2017-04-12 14:34:24 UTC
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Steve Rosenberg / @BBCSteveR
Putin accuses US NATO allies of "nodding like Chinese nodding dolls" after US
strike on Syria, says no evidence Assad behind chemical attack


That's the BBC' correspondent in Moscow, sort of troll and fake news supplier.

Idiomatic meaning of the metaphor in the Putin's original speech would be most
closely translated in English like "bobble heads", while more literal Russian
meaning accurately translates as "chinoiserie shaking head doll toys".
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