Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When Russia bombs ISIS it is accused of bombing civilians, and when it is not bombing ISIS it is accused of bombing moderate Syrian rebels

So what do you want Russia to do exactly? It is condemned when it bombs ISIS and it is condemned when it bombs what US calls "moderate rebels" (a euphemism for rebels funded and armed by US, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar).  And why don't those standards apply to US bombing in Syria? For some reason, every raid by US jets accurately hits armed people of ISIS. What is the secret to this US success? And why can't Russian bombs ever hit ISIS targets even when it tries.  Look at this item in the Washington Post: "At least 29 civilians were killed Saturday in airstrikes targeting areas under the control of Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Those deaths bring to at least 73 the number of civilians killed since Friday in airstrikes in the province, according to the Britain-based monitoring group.
Jets that were believed to be Russian struck the area of Khsham on the eastern outskirts of the province of Deir al-Zour. The Islamic State controls most of Deir al-Zour and has besieged regime-held areas in the province for more than a year."  My favorite part of the dispatch is the reference to "Britain-based monitoring group" when we are talking about Qatari-funded and EU funded Syrian opposition group.  Call that objectivity.  This is like Arab oil and gas media; they sometimes accuse Syrian regime of not fighting ISIS and other times they accuse Syrian regime of killing civilians when it bombs ISIS.