[Marxism] Patrick Cockburn: Let's welcome Russian bombs into this war

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Sun Oct 4 04:06:54 MDT 2015

New from Linux Beach:

      Patrick Cockburn: Let's welcome Russian bombs into this war

> When you don't count the dead, it can really warp your perception of 
> war. That is the main conclusion I came to after reading *Patrick 
> Cockburn*'s latest treatment of the Syrian civil war in *The 
> Independent*, 3 October 2015, and titled *Syria crisis: Let's welcome 
> Russia's entry into this war*
> Well, in the first place, Cockburn's suggestion, such as it is, is 
> about four years too late. Putin has been bank-rolling Assad from the 
> beginning, and not just with money, but with weapons, with bombs and 
> shells, military advisers and diplomatic cover since the start of his 
> brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Iranian and Hezbollah 
> support also come with his approval and backing. Patrick Cockburn is 
> suppose to be the big Middle East expert. I'm just a guy who fixes 
> Linux computers for a living. Why do I have to school him on Russian 
> support for Assad? Has he forgotten that Russian special forces were 
> sent to Syria as early as March 2012 
> <http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/19/201791.html>? Did he 
> forget that the *Free Syrian Army* killed a Russian General in Syria 
> in August 2012 
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2012/08/updated-fsa-says-it-killed-russian_4067.html>? 
> That Russia sent a naval flotilla to Syria in July 2012 
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2012/07/breaking-russian-warships-reported-in_7259.html>? 
> That the British stopped Russian ships carrying attack helicopters to 
> Syria in June 2012 
> <http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2012/06/breaking-britain-stops-russian-ship_6545.html>? 
> I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Apparently Patrick 
> Cockburn doesn't, because here we are in the final quarter of 2015, 
> and he wants to /"welcome"/ Russia to the Syrian Civil War! If this 
> guy ran a college, he'd probably want to schedule freshman orientation 
> for the senior class!

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