Russian telly on Syria.

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Watching Russian TV gives me a fresh perspective on what is happening in Syria. Pyervam (Russian Channel One) shows Syrian children being treated in Russian hospitals. The Russian Army distributes food to civilians. None of these images is faked. The Russian State genuinely is helping people and saving lives there. There is also another side to it.

The Ba’athists have purposefully starved civilians to death and Moscow had knowingly assisted that policy. The Russian military uses dumb bombs as opposed to smart bombs. Dumb ones are much cheaper. Dumb bombs are far less discriminating. They are inaccurate and much more likely to kill civilians.

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About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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  1. We (my late husband and I) happened to be in Portugal on the Christmas Day last decade when twin atrocities were making headline news all over the world. The English-language newspaper published in Lisbon (I think) detailed the news about 1. The bloody fall of the Cesescus in Romania. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nicolae-Ceausescu Nicolae and his wife, Elena, were executed in the town square in a spectacular event in 1989. and 2) The U.S. Invasion of Panama, in which the U.S. Army (among other tactics) played rock-n-roll music at full decibel until the dictator Manuel Noriega (who had fallen out of official favor with the CIA) gave up.

    The headlines screamed stuff about the “Christmas” blood and guts campaigns. We, being among very few Americans in that particular hotel, immediately stood out like sore thumbs, and attracted some dirty looks from the locals. One man who made room for us to sit with him in a crowded restaurant, told us that many of the Portuguese people were more or less anti-Americans.

    Then when we moved on to Madrid, Spain, the Telly in the hotel was full of both news events….and we saw some extremely different news footage of the Panama invasion which was entirely different than such coverage was when we got home to Ohio…. “who had what pointed at whom in those reports?”

    just some recollections from my traveling days… 🙂

  2. me too 🙂 My point was about the TV coverage…Spain had (I think) had a news photographer killed in Panama during the US invasion …their footage showed a different point of view from the US video depicting the kind and good invaders. The Portuguese were on Panama’s side, and were not happy with US tourists.

    • I see. It is vital to appreciate different angles on the story. Manuel Noriega was a tyrant but is that a sufficient legal pretext to invade? It is dubious. I believe the UN General Assembly voted to denounce it. I know that Panama has emerged a much better place but that could not have been forecast with certainty in 1989. The US achieved its goals without too many people on any side being killed. In this much it was a success. It was somewhat hypocritical siNCE Noriega had been a CIA asset for years despite the US knowing perfectly well that he was a narco king.

      • you are correct, in 2010 he was extradicted to France, after serving 20 years in Miami, Florida. Apparently he was hustled out of the country without the knowledge of his lawyers. Normal US/Latin America hanky-panky.

      • I realise that a drugs kingpin can be useful. Such a person will have access to info that others will not. He did a lot of harm. By being an informant he was able to work off some of his wrongdoing. The answer is to simply legalise all substances and take money away from such people.

      • I remarked to my oldest daughter that when Trump first started his campaign he proved to the world the stereotype of the “Ugly American”…loud, rude, bigoted, obnoxious, better-than-everyone She said “Mom, that’s how we are.”

      • Three million MORE of you voted for Hillary than voted fro Trump. Take into account people who voted for minor candidates. Trump got 47% of the popular vote. No one else has ever been beaten by 3% of the popular vote and become president before. He is abominated by tens of millions of people.

      • yes, Donnie says that three million illegal voters ALL voted for Hillary Clinton, otherwise he would have won the popular vote. Talk about a “Week of Crazy.” as Condoleeza Rice said yesterday.

      • Oh by Donnie you mean Trump. There is no evidence of a single illegal voter so I believe. He simply invents outright falsehoods that suit him. The White House carries prestige. These blatant falsehoods when disseminated by the White House will hoodwink many dim and credulous people.

      • I find it distasteful to utter his name, so I have settled on a prejorative nickname for my own reference. Right…there is no evidence of any illegal voting, and in my experience it would be impossible to effect. The thing is that his minions bow and grovel to his every word….true or not be damned.

      • yes…I agree fully. Too much money in the hands of the criminal elements. Noriega did pale in comparison with other Latin American dictators that were pals of ours.

      • I am aware that in order to go inside information on nefarious activities one is compelled to seek such info from those engaged in felonious acts. One cannot get a saint to do it. However, it exposes the hypocrisy of the gratingly moralistic rhetoric of the war on drugs.

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