In its post-Soviet alignment with Moscow — “Different Talks — Same Walk” — Syria has been made into a complete medieval theater of politics and war, for the production of “Assad vs The Terrorists” appears to have included the development of the al-Qaeda-type organizations, ISIL much included.
In line with what BackChannels has witnessed in association with the Syrian Conflict and Tragedy, Politico Europe yesterday reported “Vladimir Putin resurrects the KGB”.
Having cultivated its own “Russian Section” within its in-house library, BackChannels was not surprised: state capitalism may have replaced the promotion of communism in Russia, but the social architecture involving the secret security state, a powerful central leader, and an immensely favored and privileged few appear to have survived the dissolving of the Soviet that took place about 25 years ago (December 26, 1991).
“Let us be clear. Those using ever more destructive weapons know exactly what they are doing. They know they are committing war crimes,” Ban told the Security Council.
“Imagine the destruction. People with limbs blown off. Children in terrible pain with no relief,” he said. “Imagine a slaughterhouse. This is worse.”
http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/syria-hospital-attacks-are-war-crimes-ban-ki-moon-116092900013_1.html – 9/29/2016
Ban Ki-moon was not referring to the primitive “barrel bombs” once dropped on every Syrian noncombatant target imaginable but rather modern incendiary bombs and missiles.
“Iran has been there a long time,” said Sobhi Zeitun, an opposition fighter who fled Aleppo for Turkey in May. “We could hear them on the radio for a long time. They taunted and mocked. They said they were going to kill us in the name of Ali. This is the face of Bashar, a man who hands over the country to sectarian groups, because he can’t defend it himself.”
As the air attacks on Aleppo intensified this week, a senior Iranian general acknowledged that forces he commands had given targets to the Russian air force.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/29/aleppo-attack-foreign-syrian-fighters-plan-shia-islamic – 9/29/2016.
The recent cessation deal was meant to lead to joint Russian-US air strikes on so-called Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front).
However Russia has complained the US has not done enough to separate the more moderate rebel groups, which it backs, from Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. Many of these groups have formed a strategic alliance with the more powerful Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and fight alongside it.
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/russia-vows-continue-bombing-aleppo – 9/29/2016.
https://conflict-backchannels.com/2014/12/02/quote-manipulation-about-the-plo-leader-pacepa-and-rychlak-2013/ – 12/2/2014. Closely related in major media: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37305953 – “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ‘was KGB agent'” — 9/8/2016.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/syria-hospital-attacks-are-war-crimes-ban-ki-moon-116092900013_1.html – 9/29/2016.
Posted to YouTube by AFP new agency, September 28, 2016.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hospital-idUSKCN11Y0QG – 9/29/2016
Posted to YouTube by Channel 4 News, September 28, 2016.
By the time it became clear this was wrong, a full-scale war was raging in two Ukrainian regions; a Malaysian Airlines plane had been shot down over Ukraine; the G8 had reverted to the G7; Putin’s closest friends were on international sanctions lists, and Russia was more isolated internationally for the first time since the Afghan war.
Finding himself in a Ukrainian dead end, Putin decided to raise the stakes.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/29/how-putins-high-risk-syria-gamble-is-paying-off – 9/29/2016.
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