August 22, 2014

Were the Russians Right About Syria?

Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

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Oh the fickleness of humanity and history! This time last year, the British parliament was recalled by the prime minister, who appeared confident that he would receive a mandate to join the US in air strikes on Syria – the immediate and urgent reason being the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad’s, use of sarin gas to crush the growing uprising against him. Of course, “we” had few illusions about either the unity or the ethics of those rebels, but the argument was that there were enough people we could do business with and the Assad regime was the greater evil.

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TAGGED: Islamic State, ISIS, Iraq, Middle East, James Foley, Syria, Bashar Al-Assad

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