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John Chuckman



This is simply an ignorant article, reflecting the Pentagon’s fantasy view of events.

The horrors of Syria have been caused by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States.

Those states have paid the bills, gathered and moved the terrorists, trained the terrorists, given them refuge and medical help, and generally lied through their teeth to all of us for about 4 years.

The whole Benghazi fiasco Clinton won’t discuss was exactly about these ugly matters, a CIA operation to gather weapons and thugs from war-torn Libya to be sent to Turkey for insertion into Syria, an operation which experienced “blowback” in the form of the ambassador and his party being killed.

Those countries have directly caused around 300,000 deaths, countless injuries, and a terrible wave of refugees.

The bottom line for them in Syria has always been about getting rid of Assad.

Why? Because he is independent-minded and fairly liberal in some matters, and, most all, he doesn’t bow down and accept Israeli-American hegemony.

He is tolerant of religious differences, and all past polls show he holds a majority of public support.

For those reasons he is hated in Israel and anything hated in Israel is hated by the pathetic leadership of the United States.

The entire Middle East has been torn apart by America for these same reasons.

As to Saudi Arabia, I’m pretty sure this just ain’t going to happen.

If Saudi troops enter Syria, they face Iran and Russia.

Besides, the Saudis, while expensively equipped, have demonstrated to anyone who follows events in Yemen they are not the world’s most competent forces, resembling Ukraine with better weapons.

Their incompetence would lead to calls for America to save their bacon, but that ain’t going to happen either because Kerry has already spoken on the topic of not being lured into war with Russia.

Also the Saudis are already very busy with their totally illegal attack on Yemen – never covered in any detail by The Guardian – having killed thousands of children and women and poor peasants, as well as with other matters, such as suppressing their own people and holding public beheadings.

If you want to see a truly hateful country, Saudi Arabia is one of your must-go destinations. All of America’s waves of propaganda about Assad are more accurately used to describe Saudi Arabia with its absolute, half-demented monarch and a place where a woman can still not even get a driver’s licence well into the 21st century.

The sooner the induced-horror of Syria is over, the better. And recent moves by the United States basically reflect a growing acceptance that Russia is right although they will never say that in public. They must also now secretly acknowledge that Erdogan is a dangerous lunatic.

The Russians, working with the Syrian army and Iranians and Kurds, are about to achieve a miracle, closing the northern border with Turkey which has been the cause of all the miseries. We should all be grateful for the effort and grateful that, just for once, the good guys are winning.


 Response to another reader’s comment:

The Russians are not saints, and I would never say they were, but they have done something worthwhile, while Britain and France sit on their self-satisfied asses and continue to say “Yes Sir, three bags full!” in answer to Washington’s every stupid demand.

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