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  •  CNN's intel sources (7+ / 0-)

    Maybe they can figure out why nobody watches their network.

    What was really funny was when the diarist quoted the NYT article which wondered whether the US' MINIMAL support for the Free Syrian Army was backfiring. Well, yes - but not in the way the NYT (or the diarist) thinks.

    To talk about "Salafist militias" is ridiculous. There are no such things. Salafism is a religious tradition; the very word means "old time religion" and the #1 sign you're talking to a Salafist is, he has a beard.

    There are over 100,000 fighters in the Free Syrian Army now. Most of their leadership is provided by former Syrian Arab Army generals, other officers and soldiers who defected (many of them publicly, on YouTube).

    The highest estimates regarding foreign fighters of all stripes is 2,000. This includes several brigades that are affiliated with al-Qaeda! The CIA has known about them for a long time, and they just aren't worried. The "Islamism" associated with the Free Syrian Army is non-ideological. Mostly, they just pray constantly to survive and to free their country.

    As regards Libya, all this hand-wringing is more than concern-trollish. It is simply the Republican position on Libya. The Republicans hate the successful revolution in Libya because Obama helped it win. They support the ongoing revolution in Syria (with mouth action only) because Obama has taken a restrained stand.

    And of course no one bothers to note that hundreds of thousands of pro-American Libyans demonstrated all over the country to express their regret at the death of Chris Stevens.

    Regarding Syria, why has Obama played it "minimally"? Because of Russia in the UNSC. Russia allowed things to go forward in Libya because they didn't own 51% of Gaddafi. But their relationship with Assad is a money-maker. Assad is estimated to have accumulated a fortune of over $60 billion dollars through extortion, drug dealing and human trafficking. He has made tens of millions for the Russian leaders who never had a cash cow like Syria in the old days. In truth, the big problem with Syria is that there is no bribe, no consolation prize to offer the Russians for the loss of their most lucrative client state.

    Russia has been watching the US like a hawk, HOPING that they would unilaterally intervene, ever since they realized that even with all their help so far, Assad is still losing. Miraculously, the Free Syrian Army, with a handful of captured tanks and no aircraft, has managed to destroy hundreds of Russian tanks and close to 100 helicopters and jets. They have shot down jets with small arms fire.

    The Russians would like to furnish Assad with a new air force, more advanced strike aircraft, and heavier weapons - but they can't do it because the United States has not given the Free Syrian Army much of anything. I even think the rumors of American-furnished weapons are a fig leaf to cover the reality, that the US has done nothing for the Free Syrian Army EXCEPT TO KEEP RUSSIA IN CHECK. Russia has made several attempts to send advanced weapons and materiel to Syria, and as you'll remember one of their ships was stopped and ordered to return to port, and Turkey found advanced radar parts on an airplane they forced down.

    The Russians are stymied. They cannot risk losing all their international influence by throwing caution to the winds and taking over Assad's losing war for him. As long as the US played it straight in the Security Council, the only thing the Russians could do, the only thing they have been able to do, is hope that Assad wins.

    And that's the biggest reason why this diary is - worthless. The Free Syrian Army is winning. They are clearly winning, and they're not taking all that much time to do it, since 4 months ago they were lightly regarded. At the present time, the much-vaunted Syrian Army has lost about 70,000 of its former strength, about half from defection and half from death in the war. The Syrian Army, the regime army, cannot move troops safely between Damascus and Aleppo (south to north). They have stopped responding with troops to attacks on their outposts, and now only send planes or helicopters.
    They are seeing their air bases and army bases picked off one by one in the north.

    The one thing Assad's forces have been able to do, the only thing, is to kill civilians. Under Russian urging, Assad has from the beginning applied the principle Russians used in Chechenya - punishment bombing. Kill their parents and destroy their homes, and they'll stop fighting.

    Only - the Free Syrian Army has just grown stronger. It's a shame that the US wasn't able to help them more - but we are putting pressure on the unsustainable 1945 system in the UNSC. The next revolution, as Putin well knows, may be in Russia. Russia must give up its terrorist networks. The Soviet Union had a worldwide anti-American operation network. Russia under Putin has converted that network into a sort of World Mafia, which aims to make money.

    During Obama's second term, I hope that the US will really help Syria with its fledgling democracy. Syria is not Libya and Syria is not Iraq. The sacrifices Syrians are making for freedom and democracy are benefiting every American, not only by showing the durability of the philosophy, but by allowing the US to counter the bully that is its own size - Russia.

    And the Free Syrian Army will soon have Assad and his criminals circling the wagons in Damascus. I hope the Russians, who are nothing if not bloody realistic, will decide to cut their losses by delivering a bullet to the back of his head.

    The "ZOMG jihadists!" movement in the US press over the last couple of months has never had any substance to it, except that it shows some people's extraordinary ability to fail to recognize a bona fide freedom movement when they see it.

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      frenchman, OleHippieChick

      would make an excellent diary.

      (Hint, hint).

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 11:17:47 AM PDT

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      •  thank you (1+ / 0-)
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        a gilas girl

        I tell you the truth, after what I've just been responding to...I don't really think DKos is ready to talk about this issue. Maybe after the election. Because Claudius Bombarnac down there is nothing more or less than a neocon.

        I don't want my Syrian friends to see any of this or hear about it. They would be shocked and hurt.

        •  There are multiple issues (0+ / 0-)

          that the dkos community isn't ready to talk about reasonably.  So, I sympathize.

          No doubt there are neo-cons about.  There's usually at least one hiding in the crowd somewhere.

          Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

          by a gilas girl on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 02:55:38 PM PDT

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    •  Russia, Russia, Russia (1+ / 0-)
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      Claudius Bombarnac

      But, but, but the President denied Russia being a geopolitical foe?  

      Umm, then what are they?

      "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

      by EdMass on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 02:25:12 PM PDT

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    •  Care to back up any of your statements? (0+ / 0-)

      None of the arms from Russia were illegal. It is only the NATO countries and a few others in the US orbit that have sanctioned Syria.

      Where did you dream the following from?

      The next revolution, as Putin well knows, may be in Russia. Russia must give up its terrorist networks. The Soviet Union had a worldwide anti-American operation network. Russia under Putin has converted that network into a sort of World Mafia, which aims to make money.
      Russia makes most of it's money from oil and gas sales. It is the worlds largest producer. BTW, it's trade with Syria doesn't even register. Syria has cost Russia billions because it has forgiven the old Soviet debt.

      Most of your remarks are nonsense.

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