How utterly, utterly heartbreaking. I live in a designated city of sanctuary, and the market town my folks live in welcomed a group of refugee families just last year.
Maybe if the 'West' had supported the rebels whole heartedly years ago things would be different today. Supplying small arms and tactical aid to them whilst nodding and smiling at Assad was always going to be inadequate.
China will not gamble their international trade agreements over Syria. That's why they shortened NK's leash and summoned Kim to the headmaster's study recently for a talking to.
Putin has some chops, but he seems to be fixed in the past. If we were still looking at the USSR I would have some concerns however the Russian military is nothing like it was then. They had to send 'elite troops' to Crimea. In the old days, conscripts would have been sufficiently capable.
It's fucking grim, but I wouldn't dig an air-raid shelter just yet.
FFS. Why is it always the UK? Why are we always interfering in the Middle East? We are small, insignificant country and not a world super power with a large Empire and massive army but successive governments carry on as if we are. It never ends well. I wouldn't mind if we were part of EU or UN forces but acting as the UK only with France and the US just singles us out for terrorist reprisals in the future.
What's the plan? Remove Assad and then what? Leave a vacuum. That went so well in Libya and Iraq.
Plus the fact it is much worse now with the Russian involvement and could end in world war. This is all another example of male violence en masse and I'm fucking sick of it.
I've long held that the first wave of troops should have to include members of the cabinet/Senate. It's just too easy to send other people's kids to die. And to refer to civilian deaths as 'collateral damage'.
Given that Putin can't control huge tracts of his own empire and isn't sure where a lot of his hardware actually is, he can flex away. They have long memories in Russia that haven't forgotten the clusterfucks that were Chechnya and Afghanistan. Russia is big, but it has no allies and is skint.
China would be happy to nip over their borders and repossess territory taken by the USSR. They have the capability and the appetite to expand.
You are right about China Weezol. Although I’m not enthused by that prospect either. Thanks for your response. I didn’t know they’d misplaced so much hardware. They seem to be spending on new tech and strengthening their military might so I imagine at some stage this will be irrelevant, won’t it?
I'm not entirely convinced that the poisoning wasn't carried out by UK/US intelligence services. And that the "chemical attack" wasn't staged footage, or that it did take place but it wasn't the Syrian government who did it. All set up to manage public opinion so they can launch these attacks now.
What goes against this is that the "dodgy dossier" used to cook up an excuse to invade Iraq was so unsophisticated and obviously dodgy at the time. But this time they've become more sophisticated or It's being led by the Mossad/US intelligence.
It is a tiny strike, all over in 70 minutes. The US have (kind of) made their point and Russia will be happy that the US is clearly fearful of mounting a meaningful attack. Assad will be jubilant that he has not lost any major assets.
All those saying we concocted this have been drinking way too much cool aid.
I agree that it's all very scary, what with risk of escalating the situation etc. But how can the world give the message to rogue states without use of some kind of force? Assad is unlikely to cease and desist after a telling off by Donald, Teresa and Emmanuel. Tyrants only understand one language.