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Syria: The U.S.-Russian standoff according to the New York Times

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The New Cold War looks a lot like the old Cold War. Instead of super powers confronting each other on the battlefields, they back opposing sides as proxies. We now have the U.S. engineered regime change in Syria hot between Washington and Moscow. It must be getting serious because the New York Times editorial board has warned the Russians to butt out.

In the New York Times editorial, " Russia's Risky Military Moves in Syria " of September 11, 2015, the "newspaper of record" says: "Russian officials add to the tensions and growing suspicions when they play down or lie about what they are really up to, as they did in Ukraine." The bit about Ukraine is a nice little throwaway by the NYT to keep the propaganda going about "Russian aggression" threatening the world.

As the New York Times says it, Russia's aggression this time is to provide Syria's "ruthless dictator, Bashar al-Assad", with military aid. While there is nothing against international law and the United Nations Charter about governments exchanging military aid, it certainly is against both for the U.S. to instigate regime changes. It is called aggression, it is a war crime and it is the most serious of war crimes. But the New York Times just sees it as Russia interfering with the so-called "international community" (i.e. the U.S. of A.).

The New York Times, which has never seen a U.S. aggression it did not like, says it is the Russians who are the problem. The New York Times still fails to admit that it is the U.S. that has created disasters in the Middle East. The U.S. has destroyed Iraq, Libya and now Syria. It has destroyed Afghanistan and numerous countries in Africa that do not make the front pages of the newspapers of record. Millions of people have been killed at the whim of the U.S. and its illusions of grandeur of world domination.

Europe is just beginning to understand the magnitude of the human disaster and suffering, as thousands of war refugees flee from U.S. wars of regime change (a.k.a. aggression). So once again the U.S. turns to its NATO co-conspirators to get them to close their airspace to Russian flights to Syria. Bulgaria has agreed but Greece has not. The New York Times finds it curious that Iraq "which is depending on the U.S. to save it" has not agreed either.

Apparently the sticking point in the behind the scenes diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia is over the survival of Bashar al-Assad. As the New York Times "stenographers" say, a political solution in Syria cannot be achieved unless there is a "solution that installs a more inclusive and competent government in Damascus"--in other words, the Obama administration says one without Assad.

In case anyone has any doubt, the illegal U.S. war of aggression in Syria is not about ISIS or providing humanitarian aid to the people. The refugees that are fleeing to Europe are running from the chaos that the U.S. has caused. It is all about getting rid of Assad, regardless of the chaos, death and destruction.

Even the New York Times cannot fool people all of the time. As the top pick of NYT reader's comments by someone with the avatar "robroy" said:

"Mr. Putin [should] drop his opposition to Washington's and its allies' insistence that Mr. Assad be replaced as part of a negotiated political settlement that includes a transition to a new government." Why? Because the U.S. wants that? Every time the U.S. creates a regime change, the installed replacement is far, far worse that what was there before. Look at Iran, look at Chile, look at Haiti. Either that or the citizens of the countries we've "helped" are destroyed by the thousands. Now, our government actually wants to tell other countries where they can and cannot fly. Russia has done nothing wrong. Not in Ukraine (where we backed a coup) nor in Syria. Good grief, we've supported the Israeli's genocide of the Palestinians for years. We are not exactly the honorable society some would have us believe. We made this mess in the middle east, created the terrorism, and have generously offered to take in a mere 10,000...out of FOUR million refugees whose lives have been ruined by our foreign policy of hegemony. The phrase "American interests abroad" should make us all feel sick. Exceptionalism indeed.

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