Russia is correct in not supporting the Syrian “revolutionaries”

by Sparta on June 16, 2012

in "Arab Spring", Muslim Brotherhood, Stella (Stavroula) Jatras, Syria

The problem is, however, that the Western leaders refuse to recognize their own mistakes, continuing to present the developments in the region as “momentous change” for the better and using Russia “to find its place on the right side of history,” i.e., on the side of Arab “revolutionaries.”

The “little spin” on helicopters and the big lie on the “Arab spring”

By Dmitry Babich

The events in the Middle East are gradually forming a pattern that less and less suits the vision of the “Arab spring” propagated by American media and the media of the EU countries. Attacks against police, the headquarters of trade unions and political parties in Tunisia; the parliamentary crisis in Egypt, where the Islamist-dominated national assembly has been declared dissolved by the Constitutional Court; continuing ugly violence in Libya and now Syria – all of these events don’t fit the “democratization” pattern suggested by the mainstream Western media since the start of the Arab spring in early 2011.

The problem is, however, that the Western leaders refuse to recognize their own mistakes, continuing to present the developments in the region as “momentous change” for the better and urging Russia “to find its place on the right side of history,” i.e. on the side of Arab “revolutionaries.” There was a supreme irony in the fact that the arts’ exhibition that provoked the recent Islamist riots in Tunisia was named by its pro-Western organizers “The Spring of Arts” in a clear evocation of the “Arab spring.” There was also supreme irony in the fact that, having destroyed the exhibition, Tunisian Islamists are now planning to further constrain artistic freedom by a special law on protection of sanctity, thus putting ABSENCE of freedom in a legal framework, so much cherished in the West. Again ironically, the police trying to quell the anti-artistic riots used the law adopted in the times of the former “dictator” Ben Ali, now denounced in the West in the same way as Egypt’s Mubarak and Libya’s Ghaddafi. Meanwhile, the primary enemies of tolerant attitude to arts were “the people on the right side of history,” i.e. the “revolutionary” minister of culture and Ennahda, the Islamist party that dominates Tunisian parliament since the first post-Ben Ali elections, applauded by the West. Both the minister and the parliament denounced the artists, putting the main responsibility for violence on them.

“We often hear from our Western partners that we should put ourselves on the right side of history, but when hearing that one often gets an impression that this kind of advice comes from the people who have fallen out of history, who simply forget what they were saying a few months ago,” Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs Mikhail Bogdanov said in an interview to RIA Novosti news agency. “Today these Western partners of ours are on one side of history, tomorrow – on another one. They change affiliations on a daily basis. I think that our Arab friends and partners are getting more and more conscious of the fact that we simply don’t betray our old partners with whom we had been building relations for years.”

It is enough to remember the U-turn in the American policy of supporting Egypt’s Mubarak to illustrate the Russian deputy minister’s point. After decades of open support for Egypt’s strongman, the American state department suddenly became its staunchest critic, currently showing absolutely no compassion for the ailing Mubarak, sentenced to life in prison and currently slowly dying in custody. All of this – against the background of troubling political developments in Egypt, which prove that real democratization is a much more complicated process than the simplified American vision of it, usually reduced to a Hollywood style conflict of “everything bad” (a dictator) against “everything good” (freethinking people).

Again ironically, the latest spat between the U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov over the presumed Russian military supplies to the Syrian regime fits the same pattern. As it transpired, Mrs. Clinton preferred simplification (some would say a blatant lie) when talking about supplies of Russian helicopter gunships to the Syrian regime. In fact, the United States had to correct its diplomat number one, acknowledging that these were not supplies, but repairs and adding a lot more interesting details to Mrs. Clinton’s imprudent statement.

“She put a little spin on it to put the Russians in a difficult position,” the New York Times quotes “a senior Defense Department official” as saying. A “spin” in plain language is a half-truth, which in modern media has a tendency to become a lie, since, once put in context, it distorts the bigger picture. In the case of the current US policy on the Middle East, the “little spin” about helicopters was just a little detail of a bigger lie – that of “democratic US supporting the democratic Arab spring.”

Photo here.

It’s as simple as that.

Russia is committed to the preservation of Orthodox Christian communities. Like any other Muslim government, the Assad regime is far from ideal; nonetheless, Christians can survive under it. On the other hand, the Syrian rebels are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and will do all they can to extinguish Christianity in Syria.

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1 Arius June 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I am glad to see that Russia is drawing a line in the sand against a repeat of Western perfidy in Syria like in the Balkans and Libya. The Christians in Syria (I can speak for the Armenians there) are deathly afraid that the Islamic nut jobs will overthrow the Syrian government. The West is on its death march trying to take the Eastern Christians with them over the edge of the cliff.

2 Jonathan June 18, 2012 at 1:54 am

Well, I understand why Russia is supporting Assad. And I agree they are right to do so…. but…

You are sadly mistaken if you believe this huge change in American policy toward Egypt, Mubarek and the rest of the our Allies in the Middle East is some sort of “mistake”. Listen to what Arius said before me… the West is engaged in self destruction and suicide. Both by the deliberate efforts of the leftists ensconced in power, and by the passive stupid blindness of the masses who are blinded by their ignorance.

We are being overrun by a lethal blend of Marxist-Progressive-Anarchism that has corrupted both the doctrines of the right and the left and rehashed them into a mutant collectivist monstrosity. Of course we supported the Arab Spring. Obama deliberately sabotaged the old alliances of the past, in order to build new ones with his radical allies in the Jihadist revolutionary movements. To remake America in his anti-Western image.

Yes, we definitely are on one side of history and then the other… that should be the biggest clue for you that something has happened in the United States very drastic since the days of Nixon. It’s called a lot of things, but whether you look at it as neo-conservatism, post modernism, globalism, New World Order, corporate fascism, etc.. etc.. it all adds up to one thing. The United States is not the same. And is still changing for the worse.

3 Jonathan June 18, 2012 at 1:58 am

And I want to thank Russia for standing up for Christians. Americans used to disdain the old Soviet Union for it’s atheism. But look at us now. We are the infidels… We have turned our back on everything. Now we are they, and they are us. Thanks to Russia for upholding the Cross. Many in this country would never have dreamed of such a day as this.

And the atheists in this country? They are leftists who only hate one religion. Their deceit will become obvious to all as the years go by.

4 Arius June 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Jungian psychology has a term for the psychic reversal of opposites, enantiodromia, which is what started to happen to the West in the 1990’s. When I look back to remember what opened my eyes it was in the 1990’s with a picture of bombs in a US bomb bay about to be dropped on Serbia. On the bombs someone had written ‘Happy Easter’, and they did bomb Serbia on Easter. That imagery flipped a switch in me. Later there were reports of the US air force suspending bombing Muslims on Ramadan which just reinforced it. Symbols are much more important than was is said or thought, and symbolic language was screaming that the West was in the process of attacking the foundational substructure of its civilization. The West is on a moronic death march, hating itself, self destructive, elevating the Other over itself.

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