Russian Interests in the Syrian War

There are 2 schools of thought about what is happening in Syria.   One is that somehow this vicious war on the Syrian State and the Syrian people is being fought to save the Syrian people from some demonic force, to free them from oppression, and the organizationally fragmented extremist jihadi fighters who are driving it and their sponsors in Qatar and Saudi Arabia will somehow make an idyllic populist democracy there – if they suffer from poor taste that isn’t our problem.

The other is that the United States in her allies are attempting to destroy the last secular republic in the Middle East because popular governance is inconvenient,  and they will persevere at any cost to do so.    We need to look at the realities because the Syrian Arab Republic, however imperfect, is just that, the last secular republic in the Middle East with functioning (albeit weakened) public utilities and resources, and a government and military populated by people of all sects, regions and ethnicities across the country including a reasonable proportion of women.   Furthermore, Russia and Iran are on the sidelines giving more or less support and weighing the risks of a bold confrontation with the United States.  No sane person wants to trigger another world war.   How far should they let this go?

While the Mainstream media is bleeding over endlessly looped  one sided stories of the misery of war and analysis that ignores the behavior of what are essentially occupying forces in many towns and cities of Syria, this is what is really going on in this war – right now.   As Americans, is this what we want our country to be doing?

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Starvation in Syria: An Interview with Vanessa Beeley

The reports currently in the news about starvation in Syria are quite devastating.  The story has spread rapidly from social media to the mainstream news.    Today the New York Times published an article called:  Starving Syrians in Madaya Are Denied Aid Amid Political Jockeying.   The claim is that  the government has denied food to the people of Madaya, which is in an area where there has been intense fighting since last summer, This story has been a big scandal recently, with unidentified Syrians posting pictures and videos of emaciated starving people, including children on the internet.

Also this morning, Russia Today featured a story on Aid Convoys Entering Madaya about the food being delivered to the town by the United Nations.  RT also identified sources of some of the images which had been borrowed from other times and places.    According to the article in TeleSUR, Aide Convoys Leave Lebanon for Syrian Town Under Seige. some people in Madaya were indeed suffering from malnutrition and lack of medical care.  Other ‘rebel held’ towns in Syria not targeted by the government are also suffering from starvation.  This is the nature of war.

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