LIONEL PODCAST: Russia Clobbers ISIS in Syria. So Where’s the Applause?

So where’re the applause and parades? Yesterday marked a major and dramatic shift by all accounts in the fight against the international cancer called terrorism with ISIS targeted in Syria.  It opened the path towards an eventual peace in the Middle East, the world prays. Russian fighter jets launched 20 sorties over Syria yesterday, destroying at least eight terrorist targets with surgical strikes. According to the London Daily Telegraph, the strikes also destroyed ISIS ammunition, fuel, command posts and communication centers. Unlike the war plan of various coalitions, which included limited air raids against ISIS that were ultimately proven to be pathetically ineffective, these strikes by Russia were announced as being coordinated with the legitimate Assad government of Syria. That is, by invitation. The Russian-Syrian attacks represent the beginning of a cooperative effort to destroy terrorism in the Middle East.

A new era in international politics is emerging as Russia comes into the Middle East theater for the first time in decades. For the second day in a row, Russian jets struck terrorist targets in northwest Syria, hitting the areas of Jisr al-Shughour and Jabal al-Zawiya. These two areas have been under the control of Jaish al-Fatah, the Army of Conquest, which includes factions of al-Nusra and is thus a wing of al-Qaeda. The Syrian Al-Fatah is technically on the US list of terrorist organizations, yet it is being supported by Turkey and Qatar, allegedly members of the US led anti-ISIS coalition. [1] The message of the NATO nations now appears to be that all attacks against ISIS are acceptable, but all attacks against al-Qaeda are abhorrent. The idea of the US shielding al-Qaeda will undoubtedly come as a surprise to the three thousand US victim’s families who have been made to believe that al-Qaeda was responsible for the attacks of 9/11. [TWP/UFAA]

McCain’s view. But that’s not the way others see it. Senator John McCain said that he could “absolutely confirm” that Russian air strikes had hit Free Syrian Army rebels who had been armed and trained and supported by the US. “Their initial strikes were against the individuals and groups that have been funded and trained by our CIA in an incredible flaunting of any kind of co-operation or effort to conceal what Putin’s first priority is, and that is of course to prop up Bashar al-Assad,” Mr McCain told CNN. Now, remember, logic would militate against Assad embracing any factions or coalitions whose sole goal was his dispatched elimination.

Propping up an ally. Imagine that? How many Americans have forgotten that, like it or not, Russia and Syria ave been committed allies for decades since the days of Assad’s old man. Without a mention of history all of this seems so, well, nefarious. When in fact, it’s called history. And shouldn’t we applaud the ablation of ISIS no matter who’s the “surgeon”?

And what sayeth the media? You can only imagine.

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