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RIA Novosti analysis: Russia won without firing a single shot

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Analysis from Russian news agency has quite a different perspective on US and the Syrian strike than the Western Mainstream wish to portray

Syria is still largely at the center of the geopolitical news focus. As in all military conflicts, the powers involved are each involved in their own version of "we won." In an analysis piece written by Victor Marakhovsky of RIA Novosti, the stance is that Russia won this event without so much as firing a shot. He then goes on to detail why he says what he says.

The newspiece is a translation and reinterpretation of the original piece which can be found here. We have tried to preserve the meaning of the original piece while framing it well in the English language. The Duran wishes to express its grateful acknowlegement to Victor Marakhovsky and RIA Novosti for its original report.

by Victor Marakhovsky, political scientist, about the US strategy in Syria
The formal results of a decisive attack by Western countries on Syria were summed up. Russia made a motion, proposing that the UN Security Council condemn the attack. Three permanent members of the Security Council who all participated in the attack were against this motion, so the resolution was not adopted.

In terms of raw facts concerning the attack, the figures are generally established:
  • 103 rockets were launched. This is confirmed to be true.
  • US President D. Trump promised that the missiles would be "new and clever", but most of the incoming missiles turned out to be the rather elderly "Tomahawks". While on approach to all three strategically important facilities, they were shot down by the rather elderly Syrian air defense systems that had been developed in the Soviet Union specifically for the purpose of fighting the Tomahawks.
  • The British released eight Scalp (Storm Shadow) rockets, but, as proudly noted in the BBC, "each was five meters in length." In addition they are newer, developed only twenty years ago.
  • The history with the French remains unclear: according to the leadership of France, they also released eight Storm Shadow missiles from their fighter planes and three from their ships.
  • However, the Russian military cynically point out that there were no French "Rafale" aircraft spotted in the skies. So it is possible that these allies of the United States received credit for participation only to maintain the spirit of unity of these three countries.

Comment: By insisting on the anti-Russia and anti-Assad rhetoric, F.UK.US. put themselves in a position in which they had to make a display of force, even if there was no real material effect. They also had to do so in a hurry, in order to make a point of strength and righteousness before the world realized the chemical attack in Douma was fake news - something which is happening right now:

Gold Seal

US Empire was caught in a lie and forced to bomb Syria the night before chemical weapons inspectors arrived

Scientific Research Center in Damascus
© Omar Sanadiki / Reuters
A Syrian firefighter inside the destroyed Scientific Research Center in Damascus, Syria April 14, 2018
The US, Britain and France trampled international law to launch missiles against Syria, claiming to have "evidence" of the government's use of chemical weapons. That evidence is based on terrorist lies.

After a week of outrageous tweets and proclamations by POTUS Trump, which included continued accusations that Syria's president ordered a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, east of Damascus, with Trump using grotesque and juvenile terminology, such as "animal Assad," the very evening before chemical weapons inspectors of the OPCW were to visit Douma, America and allies launched illegal bombings against Syria. The illegal bombings included 103 missiles, 71 of which Russia states were intercepted.

For the past week, we were told that the US had 'evidence' and the UK had 'evidence' that Syria had used chemicals. The 'evidence' largely relied on video clips and photos shared on social media, provided by the Western-funded White Helmets (that "rescuer" group that somehow only operates in Al-Qaeda and co-terrorist occupied areas and participates in torture and executions), as well as by Yaser al-Doumani, a man whose allegiance to Jaysh al-Islam is clear from his own Facebook posts, for example of former Jaysh al-Islam leader, Zahran Alloush.


Sergey Lavrov's interview with the BBC - Douma, Bombing of Syria, Skripals and Russia-US Relations

Lavrov to BBC: The Douma event was staged and it did not involve any chemical weapons. The irrefutable proof is in the visiting of the place.
Sergey Lavrov.
© Maksim Blinov / Sputnik
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Comment: More Lavrov from Vesti:

2 + 2 = 4

Peter Hitchens: How on earth would killing MORE people rescue Syria?

$200bn to reconstruct war-torn Syria… the US and its partners should pay
© Karam Almasri / Global Look Press
Aleppo, Syria
Why do so many people in politics and the media want to start wars? Since I toured a sordid hospital full of wounded people in Bucharest at Christmas 1989, and even more after I saw for the first time (in Vilnius in 1991) what a human head looks like after a bullet has passed through it, I have seen it as an absolute duty to warn against armed conflict. It is a filthy thing.

No doubt there are times when we must fight. But there are plenty more when we should not.

Any fool can kill a man in a second and ruin a city in a week. But it takes long years of nurture to raise a child to adulthood, and centuries to build a civilisation.

Yet I look around me and see the mouths of intelligent people opened wide, yelling for an attack on Syria, when the only certain outcome of that will be blood and screams and ruins, and the deaths of innocents in 'collateral damage'. What good will this do?

What is wrong with them? They are not cruel and stupid, yet they call for actions which are both.

Brick Wall

Sky News anchor cuts off British general after he asks 'Why would Syria launch a gas attack now?'

Sky news interview with General Shaw
© Screenshot from the aborted interview /YouTube
UK broadcaster Sky News cut short Major-General Jonathan Shaw, formerly one the British Army's most senior officers, in mid-sentence, as he cast doubt on London's narrative on the alleged Syrian government gas attack in Douma.

News presenter Samantha Washington asked Shaw a narrowly-worded question, asking if Russian denials about the government's responsibility would mean it's necessary for any UK intervention in Syria to be approved by parliament.

But Shaw, who retired in 2012 to become a security expert, wanted to take the discussion back a step.


Paul Joseph Watson lays it out: ANOTHER STUPID F**KING WAR

war is a racket
What could possibly go wrong? (Strong language)

Fuck Democracy...

Fuck Parliament...

Fuck Congressional approval...

Let's just declare war by tweets.

Brick Wall

20-year study of US legislation reveals bottom 90% of Americans have ZERO impact on what becomes law

congress representation graph
"When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." - Gilens & Page (2014)
Remember the two guys that did the study which proved America is a oligarchy? (Not that those of us paying attention really needed a study to verify that.)

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders later even asked Fed Head Janet Yellen during a hearing on Capitol Hill if she thought America was an oligarchy; even she couldn't deny it.

Comment: Most politicians are owned by a handful of oligarchs, whose primary mission is the advancement of their interests regardless of the social consequences. Washington's elites also have a low opinion of the average American, believing that most are uninformed, misguided and that policy-makers should ignore them.

Democracy is just a word that politicians use freely to keep the wool pulled over the eyes of the unsuspecting sheeple, insuring that few realize the evil nature of those whose power and control keep them enslaved.

Microscope 1

Syrian Army reports finding Saudi-made explosives at makeshift chemical weapons factory during Eastern Ghouta operation

The military also discovered rockets of the kind previously used by Ghouta militants to indiscriminately shell Damascus.
chemical weapons syria
© AFP 2018 / Youssef KARWASHAN
A Syrian Army field commander speaking to the Syrian Arab News Agency said that the ammo depots were found in the town of Zamalka, about 3.5 km northeast of central Damascus.

According to the commander, the Islamist Al-Rahman Legion militant group controlling the town effectively turned one of its neighborhoods into a network of factories and depots manufacturing and storing shells and the accompanying explosives, and turning spent tank shells into improvised explosive devices. These makeshift weapons production and storage facilities were all linked by a tunnel network.

Some of the explosive materials were Saudi-made, the commander said. Along with the explosives was equipment for mixing them with C4 or chlorine to increase the destructive power of the artillery shells which militants would lob into the capital's residential neighborhoods.

Comment: That right there is the true 'chemical weapons' story in Syria.

For the last 6 years, proxy-controlled 'rebels', embedded with Western troops, have been terrorizing Damascus with actual chemical weapons.

Now that their ruse has finally been uncovered thanks to the Syrian and Russian liberation of this suburb of Damascus, the Western media is actively attempting to pull the wool back over people's eyes by claiming that the Syrian forces have been doing this to Syrian civilians - the very opposite scenario to the one that took place in reality.

Gold Seal

Rove's law: How the empire's "new realities" are reaching the end of the road

karl rove quote reality
"That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality-judiciously, as you will-we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

Thus spake Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Government of George W. Bush.
I do wish people would study Rove's words more carefully. Judiciously study them. If they did, then whenever the next alleged atrocity occurs and the United States, together with its coalition of supine vassals, starts yelling and hollering 10 minutes later for action to be taken, on the basis of a test-tube full of washing powder, or pictures of injured women and children in a war zone, and the entire media of dutiful stenographers shrieks that "something must be done", then perhaps we might pause and wonder if we are being played. Instead of falling into an emotional spasm, maybe we would instead reject the deafening drumbeats of war - wars that have a habit of killing immeasurably more women and children than the alleged incidents on which they are based, by the way - and ask ourselves whether "Rove's Law" has come into play.

As an aside, the West's interventionist wars remind me of that wonderfully cynical exchange in the film, The Man With Two Brains:
Dr. Hfuhruhurr: "The only time we doctors should accept death is when it's caused by our own incompetence!"

Dr. Necessiter: "Nonsense! If the murder of twelve innocent people can help save one human life, it will have been worth it!"
Here's Dr. Necessiter selling us into war in Iraq: "Nonsense! If it costs us the deaths of 500,000 people to topple the evil dictator Saddam Hussein, it will have been worth it!"

Bad Guys

Syrian Girl Infowars interview: 'Saudi Arabia likely behind Syria chemical weapons false-flag'

Maram Susli SyrianGirl
© Syrian Girl/Youtube
Syrian-Australian blogger Maram Susli, who goes by Mimi Al Laham or 'Syrian Girl'
Syrian Girl sheds some light as to what is happening in Douma Syria, where a chemical weapons false flag threatens to plunge the world into nuclear war..

Syrian Girl explains how Saudi Arabia is behind the groups staging the hoax chemical attack in Douma.