A reprint from NewsBred
The US Middle East Policy--eliminate independent leaders (read Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad) and replace them with puppet regimes to gain unchallenged regional control--has just collapsed. Putin has replaced Washinigton as the guarantor of global security. He has risked himself and his country to defend the fundamental principles of international law, national sovereignty and self-determination.
For over a year, the United States has been p*ssy-footing with these homicidal maniacs. Enough of this song-and-dance routine. Now justice is being done to these terrorist militias who have killed 250,000 Syrians, ripped the country to shreds, and sent hundreds and thousands of refugees to Europe.
The typical misinformation campaign is on: (a) Russian jets are killing civilians; (b) it's a ruse to keep Assad in power; (c ) all Russia will do is to get bogged down in Syria a la Afghanistan or Vietnam and (d) Russians are targeting the US-supported moderates, not Islamic State (IS).
Let's view each of these points:
(a) One day after warning Russia of civilian killings, the US bombs razed a hospital to ground in Afghanistan. The medical team of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, told Reuters that they "frantically phoned" NATO and Washington DC as bombs rained on the hospital for "nearly an hour."
(b) Russia doesn't need any ruse to support Assad. It is supporting Assad. Over to Putin: " We are supporting the government of Syria in the fight against a terrorist aggression. We won't achieve anything until we defeat terrorism in Syria." Assad is not being propped up--he was popularly reelected in June 2014 by an overwhelming majority--a process judged open, fair and free by independent international monitors.
In February 2012, when the Syrian conflict had just begun, Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Chrukin asked the Finnish diplomat Martti Ahtisaari to carry a message to Western powers. Churkin had said that Russians would be willing to broker a deal between the government and the opposition, including the eventual removal of Assad from the presidency. The West, Ahtisaari said, rejected the deal.
(c)As for Russia getting bogged down in Syria, the propagandists haven't let you know what Putin said on September 30:
"We naturally have no intention of getting deeply entangled in this conflict. We will act strictly in accordance with our set mission. First, we will support the Syrian army only in its lawful fight against terrorist groups. Second, our support will be limited to airstrikes and will not involve ground operations. Third, our support will have a limited timeframe and will continue only while the Syrian army conducts its anti-terrorist offensive."
(d) And "good terrorists." Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov pulled no punches in front of reporters: "If it looks like a terrorist, if it acts like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist, it's a terrorist."
These moderates are said to be Free Syrian Army (FSA). Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov questioned the claim: "Is there a Free Syrian Army? Does it still exist? Have not the majority of its fighters switched sides and joined ISIL (IS)?" The fact is, all anti-Assad fighters are terrorists--al-Qaeda, al-Nusra or for that matter IS. The so-called moderates are non-existent or too few in numbers to matter.
These "good terrorists" have killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians; kidnapped, mutilated and beheaded innocents; raped and sold women; killed Christians and destroyed mosques and churches and priceless artifacts; starved 60,000 people in the Yarmouk refugee camp; cut out a soldier's heart; killed Syrian army generals with car bombs; shot sportsmen; set off car bombs outside schools, police stations, hospitals and universities.
Yet these are not terrorists in the US's opinion. The world's superpower locks up innocents in its prisons for years, claiming they were terrorists but doesn't classify these butchers as terrorists. Imagine al-Qaeda being called as "good terrorists !"
According to the Wall Street Journal: "Russian airstrikes in Syria targeted CIA-backed rebels". One area hit was a location primarily held by rebels receiving funding, arms, training from CIA and allies. The CIA is supporting terrorists as a means of triggering regime change in Syria."