The time is coming when we will have no choice but to stop Putin and whatever the consequences so be it.
It is difficult to sit back and watch him destroy the lives of millions of people all in the name of some imperist lies and Nazism. The fact claims are being made that Russian forces have only three further days of fuel, food and ammunition left to conduct the war after a breakdown in their supply chains probably means more airstrikes.
The US embassy in Kyiv cited Ukraine’s foreign ministry as saying 2,389 Ukrainian children have been “illegally removed” from the Russian-controlled territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts and taken to Russia
The images of children and the deliberate targeting of civilians by Russian forces, as broadcast by the US TV networks, is dismissed as “fake news”. The idea of so many wasted lives should makes us feel guilty that we didn’t do very much to protect the civilians in Syria. It holds key lessons for the west about Putin yet it has gone virtually unnoticed by the rest of the world. The war crimes against humanity continued in the Russian-sponsored dictatorship, as Bashar al-Assad, the architect of these crimes, is back into acceptable society – so where did we go wrong?
The Ukraine emergency no doubt send shivers down my spine and there are lessons the west can and should learn from the situation in Syria. Since the UN removed Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014, Assad has continued to bomb hospitals and schools, and burn villages to the ground. Mercifully, and since April 2019, but Syria today is a Russian state in all but name, and Assad a puppet dictator with strings very clearly tugged from Moscow.
Idlib, a province in northwest Syria, is the only region still free of the tyranny, but with millions of malnourished souls trapped there flourished as Assad lives under Russian raps: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/20/bomb-attack-on-army-bus-in-damascus-syria-many-dead and Syria now represents a major Russian and Iranian presence on the edge of Europe; and if Ukraine also falls, the balance of power will very much shift eastwards.
What do we expect this time around with Ukraine I ask myself. The Syrian people showed resilience and innovation beyond compare, even as they have been let down again and again. First, the west did not intervene when the regime started attacking its own people. Then, in response to chemical weapon use, illegal under every rule of war, the US under Obama (misfit) declared the red line on their use but failed to act when that line was crossed. And finally, we stood by as Russia and Iran muscled their way across Syria to create a forward operation base on our doorstep.
The whores of government are back at it again, after almost 11 years of boycotts and disconnect, it’s time to turn the page, start a new chapter in Syria’s history and bring back Syria to the Arab fold,” said Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a political analyst in the United Arab Emirates.
I am blaming those governments who did nothing but watched Syria get decimated and now we face a new reality, a reality of a Russian terrorist, a man who has no scruples and is armed with ballistic missiles. Attacking civilians, and the infrastructure that supports life including hospitals and schools, is illegal under international law. It has no direct strategic advantage for an advancing army, yet extremely effective at breaking morale of a population in dire straits.
We know from our history bad people cover up their lies with war, and this war is one we must avoid.
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