Originally posted by Kokatsi
reply to post by TrueBrit
I am not so quick to discount anything just because it is a Socialist source.
Trotsky, if anybody, was against the type of power consolidated by Stalin (for which he was hunted down and murdered by Stalin's folks as far as in
You are correct, the adamant Russian stance in hiding the crimes of the regime against its own people is inexplicable. The only background I can add
is that the system change severely traumatized Russia, hundreds of millions saw new suffering on top of the bloody past of Bolshevism, so they are
frequently paranoid about Western interests, geopolitical agendae etc.
I understand entirely the point you are making, however as the New Labour party in Britain showed, by removing all of its worker backing, union
supportive members, and becoming a center left wing party, things can change. I for one do not trust the word of any news source or body other than
perhaps the UN, which is a body made up of nations from all over the world, including (and this is the only thing that matters a damn in my opinion)
other Arab nations.
Not only that, but the regional powers surrounding Syria are as concerned as the western powers at the moment, which lends more weight to the
reportage coming out of the BBC, and other western news media, than it does to this socialist publication, which I believe to have links to the
Russians, owing to its reportage, which flies in the face of opinion and investigation carried out by those much closer to these events than either
Russia or the West in general.
In fact they are much more so than anyone in the West realizes these days.
Unless life becomes better and more democratic for ordinary Russians, they may devolve towards some style of fascism - there are signs already with
far-right nationalistic paramilitaries killing colored people on the streets. The idea of automatically supporting all the former allies of the former
Soviet Union is appalling.
You are quite right to be concerned about the rampant hatred coming out of Russia these days. The whole of the fractured state that was, has trouble
with it in some form or another, including that which was alluded to in the BBC Panorama report on racism in the terraces of football grounds in the
host nation of the tournament which is currently being played out in the Ukraine (and Poland).
It is important to remember that parties and organisations that once swore thier fealty to counter revolutionary attitudes, may no longer represent
those same political leanings, and also that not every member of a particular news media franchise may support or endorse those leanings.
All that said, I believe that the fact that the ICIF involvement with this piece shows pretty starkly, that thier attitudes are aligned with Russian
interests, more than they are the interests of either the people of Syria, or indeed the western powers. What we find all too easy to forget, due to
the fact that we experience these things vicariously through reportage and correspondents from differing political schools, is that the people who are
at risk are the ONLY factor to consider.
It matters not whether the majority of the dead are from one sect or another, or indeed who the perpetrators of these crimes are. They should be
bought to book. And as things stand, whether Assad is evil enough to have committed these acts by ordering his troops to attack, or whether he was
just too incompetent a ruler to prevent them by using his resources wisely is not important. What is important is that he is clearly not able to
control the situation in his country, and he should allow a united nations peacekeeper force to take over the situation, and keep the sides apart,
until enough UN enforcement officers can be put in theater to disarm both the government and the rebels while investigators from outside Syria discern
the truth of these matters, and bring the perpetrators to justice.