a reply to: Slamminuk
I think, given the posturing of Clinton, and the foreign affairs track record of the US over the last twenty years, that Russia distributing this
information is actually a very astute move. Further escalation of hostilities in the Middle East has tensions at somewhat of a high ebb just now, but
I think I would like to issue forth a little, on how I see all this stuff, and how it relates to everything else that is going on at the moment.
First of all, the US effort to remove IS from the map is now, and always was, a sham. One does not drop bombs on ones own assets. Technically every
kill in the War on Terror has either been friendly fire, or collateral damage, no matter whose colours were being worn by the victim at the time. I
say this because Saddam Hussein and his regime, Osama Bin Laden and the various networks he was at the centre of, AND this IS mob, have all had
training, weapons, and financial aid from the US, and from its western allies, and are bought and paid for agents of the West. Whether we like the
reality or not, that is the reality. Too many American and British weapons have ended up in the hands of these groups, for anything else to be the
case. I am sure the routes by which they arrived in those hands was circuitous as possible, to promote plausible deniability, but if we really think
they were all captured in battle, or stolen from convoys, then I am afraid that we deserve to be controlled, because we are clearly too damned stupid
to tie our own laces.
So, having butchered our own assets and secret armies (a habit which has been going on for decades at a stretch and seems not to be slowing down in
the least) all that remains is the proxy war. Assad, supported by Russia, I.S. outwardly the enemy of, but at the same time a pawn of western
interests in the middle east, whose purpose is to destabilise the region, dehumanise its people in the eyes of the media, and prime folks here at home
to hate and despise that which they do not understand, in a knock down, drag out fight for Syria.
I have news for those who seem to be afraid of Russia right now. Russia is not the problem here. Russia is not trying to destabilise one of the most
dangerous regions on the planet. Russia is not sending proxy armies to do its bidding in the middle east. Russia is not responsible for the collapse
of Iraq and Libya, and the occupation of Afghanistan, all in the name of hunting down a stateless organisation that it created. No. Those things are
things that the Western powers did. Those things are things our taxes paid for, things we should be ashamed of. We sent our own servicemen to fight
against people we paid to present a threat. We, the people of the west, may have had no idea largely speaking at the time, but that does not absolve
us of responsibility, because we paid for it. We worked the hours, we paid our taxes, and those taxes were spent on justifying illegal wars, creating
bogeymen to make us fearful, and then fighting those bogeymen in the most drawn out, half arsed, and what is worse, collateral heavy fashion possible.
Invasions, airstrikes, occupation. What were we thinking?
Russia's involvement in Syria, in support of Assad, may well be brutal, but because of the monsters we helped create, and how good our governments
are by now at creating them, the response has HAD to be brutal. Meanwhile, we bitterly complain at the consequences of our foolhardiness, the
immigration, the debt, the loss of life, and we throw up our hands because now we must be afraid of the only player in this situation, who wants to
unmake our monsters for us?
No. Do not buy that crap, it is bad for you.
Russia is not perfect, but in terms of the middle east over the last fifteen or so years, it has been a damned sight more reliable and fair than the
US or its allies have been. The people of Russia cannot be ashamed of their government for their actions in that region, because no matter what else
they might be up to at any given moment, they ARE fighting evil men, who do evil things to good people. That is a damned sight more than I can say for
the US government or the UK government.
So when Russia shows us its new toy, I for one am not slightly, not even a tad concerned for my well fare, or that of my nation. It is when I hear
our politicians here in the west talking about posture, talking about no fly zones, talking about what should have been done to prevent the Russian
fleet moving down the English Channel, rather than how to assist them best we can, that is when I get concerned. Russia feels it has to show our
governments ,not our people, but our western governments, what they can expect if they continue their stupidity for another decade, and you know what?
I wish I had the nuclear option to offer my nations leaders, because their actions over the last fifteen to twenty years, have been nothing short of
disgusting, and cast dishonour and nothing but across this nation. I am sure there must be those in the States who feel the same way.