[Marxism] Baathist tools freaking out
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 7 09:05:02 MDT 2016
An interesting comment on Moon of Alabama about the problems facing the
Assad dictatorship in Aleppo. These people are not handling the news well.
It is looking like Syria and Russia have suffered a devastating defeat
in what looks like the critical battle of the Syria war. I don't think
the importance of this battle can be easily overestimated. It is, I
think, a turning point not just for Syria, but for the world.
In retrospect, the US side seems to have had a brilliantly coordinated
multi-layered battle plan. It looks like the first several assaults in
the Aleppo battle were really feints, intended to deceive Syria and
Russia, to convince them that they had weathered the storm. This blog
pointed out that the initial assault on the Syrian Government's hold on
Aleppo failed quicky because there was no single point of massive assault.
We see now that a word was missing from that analysis - the word "yet".
Syria's role in this disaster is understandable. According to reports,
the Syrian army has suffered terribly from attrition during the course
of the war while the US proxies have been massively reinforced
continuously and especially lately. Spread thin and forced to rely on
green recruits while facing an enemy that seemed to have an
inexhaustible supply of battle-hardened, well-equipped and even fresh
jihadis, terrorists and mercenaries -- the Syrian army has done
brilliantly to sustain the battle so far.
But Russia's fecklessness seems truly incredible at this point. I doubt
that any major battle in human history has been so thoroughly
telegraphed, to the point where Kerry all but told Putin the exact date
that it would start, August first.
How many times has Putin seen the US and its allies/proxies use the
trick of declaring truce completely insincerely, to stop successful
campaigns by opponents, while re-arming and reinforcing? How is it that
everyone in the world knew exactly what the US and its allies would do
but Putin did not?
How many times has Putin seen the US make major moves during the
Olympics? Is it possible that he didn't see it coming once again? Putin
is supposed to be smart, but he falls for the same ploys again and again
How can it be that Russia was so easily distracted by Kerry's blatantly
insincere 'negotiations', so obviously meant as a distraction and as a
way of stalling for time and as a way of softening Russian attacks? Even
the controversy about Russia's Olympic team now looks like a brilliant
It now seems painfully obvious that Russia had no real plan B, no real
plan for what would happen when the sham truce ended and the war
restarted. More than that, Russia now looks like the real paper tiger.
Manpads basically sidelined Russian air power and took the Russians out
of the battle. The only counter Russia seemed to have had was to delude
itself or to lie, claiming that Russian air power was successfully using
high altitude bombing to devastate/decimate enemies as they approached
to attack Aleppo. It now looks like Russia not only failed to impact
attacking forces. but didn't even know how many forces were moving and
where they were. A massive force seems to have converged to a single
massive push and Russia seems never to have seen it coming.
I hope things turn around once again. Right now though one really has to
wonder why Putin went for that fake trucem which seems now to have
doomed Syria. What is his game really?
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