In the bloody theatrical production that has been “Assad OR The Terrorists” — and guess who’s responsible for casting “The Terrorists”? — Russia and Syria, who have ejected the terrorists from Palmyra, have turned to assert the values of their feudal aristocracies against the barbarism of their foes. http://www.nytimes.com/…/syria-russia-palmyra-isis…
While classical music may set the tone of a better deal, the larger picture sustains political absolute power over “the masses”, an affront and challenge to the democratic and deeply humanist character of those the Russian Federation has chosen to label as its enemies.
Posted to YouTube May 5, 2016.
If the reader has no memory, then the reader may obtain one of two possible impressions: civilization, as represented by the symphony, is “winning” in Syria; civilization, as represented by the aftermath of an air strike against a refugee camp, is losing in Syria, and only barbarism is winning across that godforsaken land.
The truth has finer points.
In recent weeks, despite Russia’s promised pullback from Syria, Russia has instead strengthened its presence in the embattled state.
In early April, according to Fox News’s Lucas Tomlinson, Russia moved significant manpower and machinery towart Palmyra under the cover of demining the area.
Today, CNN’s Fred Pleltgen weighed in with an inventory of Russian assets associated with the military base at Latakia.
By strengthening Moscow’s hand in Syria, Putin may be firming up Assad’s perception of Syria as a Russian client state after all. As argued repeatedly on this blog, the true axis appears to be “Moscow-Tehran” and the purpose of it the sustaining of feudal absolute power enabling both imperial ambitions and further unrestrained kleptocracy.
Perhaps symphonies play louder than murder in so many state-controlled presses, but in the Open Source Environment, the same may be juxtaposed in a timely manner with the slaughter of noncombatants that would appear to secure their stay in service to the feudal aristocracies that appreciate them.
Also, the upgraded Russian military and political presence in Syria may leverage Washington into compromising with Moscow over Damascus in the control of situation. Given the horrors of the “Syrian Tragedy”, the ancillary humanitarian and political fallout that coalesces around refugee camps and mass migration, western resistance to the feudal program(s) on display may stand diminished and neither Moscow nor Tehran changed very much if at all.
Additional and Cited Reference
Barnard, Anne. “Airstrikes in Syria Kill More Than 30 in Refugee Camp.” The New York Times, May 5, 2016.
Kramer, Andrew E. and Andrew Higgins. “In Syria, Russia Plays Bach Where ISIS Executed 25.” The New York Times, May 5, 2016.
Pleltgen, Fred. “Russia flexes its military might in Syria.” CNN, May 6, 2016.
Schearf, Daniel. “Analysts: Russia Cynical on Syria, Goal is International Prestige.” Voice of America, May 5, 2016.
Tomlinson, Lucas. “Video of military convoy new evidence Russia not pulling out of Syria.” Fox News, April 2, 2016.
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