Monday, July 16, 2012

Thoughts on Russia and Assad

Why Russia is standing by Syria's Assad  - Lovely, LOVELY article. Although I already shared my thoughts on Syria crisis, I just had to take a shot at this article. It definitely portrays Russia as "the big bad wolf" ( or more like "big bad bear" in Russia's case ...) because of it's support for Assad's regime on political principle. Russia's principle is that USA/Western states should not intervene in political matters of other nations. Moreover, Western states should not military help to bring down the offending government and install one that is more to their liking. In my opinion, it's not only a solid point of view in principle, but should be one in practice as well. The article states that Western states'  have "responsibility to protect" and to accomplish this they have the right to intervene in the political maters of other countries. We know better what is best for you... arrogant, no? How can  a coalition of countries that has a different system of moral beliefs, cultural beliefs, religious beliefs and political views know what is BEST for a country that is completely opposite from them? Even better, try to MILITARILY impose their "beliefs"  on that country??? Is it because in the past they have had such a great track record of supporting positive governments of the country in crisis???

USA is no angel and no better than Russia by any means. Right now they are selling arms to Assad's opposition ( or are about to) and they are judging Russia for it's arms sale o.O . Don't judge others what you have done yourself.

For example, USA's track record with tyrants is extensive so don't judge Russia as if you're blame free.

Let's look at the government USA suported in the past and what type of USA friendly government Syria can look forward to :

  • 1970s USA supported brutal Shah of Iran  Pahlevi & its brutal police force SAVAK -
    • Formed under the guidance of United States and Israeli intelligence officers in 1957, SAVAK developed into an effective secret agency. Over the years, SAVAK became a law unto itself, having legal authority to arrest and detain suspected persons indefinitely. SAVAK operated its own prisons in Tehran (the Komiteh and Evin facilities) and, many suspected, throughout the country as well. SAVAK's torture methods included electric shock, whipping, beating, inserting brokon glass and pouring boiling water into the rectum, tying weights to the testicles, and the extraction of teeth and nails. Many of these activities were carried out without any institutional checks.
      At the peak its influence under the Shah SAVAK had at least 13 full-time case officers running a network of informers and infiltration covering 30,000 Iranian students on United States college campuses. The head of the SAVAK agents in the United States operated under the cover of an attache at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations, with the FBI, CIA, and State Department fully aware of these activities. In 1978 the deepening opposition to the Shah errupted in widespread demonstrations and rioting. SAVAK and the military responded with widespread repression that killed thousands of people - article on SAVAK
    • USA installation of Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi into power 
Point made? I hope so. Don't be a hypocrite. Washington should not be condemning the actions of others for supporting questionable governments, while it actually helps instal questionable governments and tyrants. It has a nice long track record of it. That being said, I don't support Assad's regime, but Russia's position definitely has merit. Western states should provide humanitarian aid to the region the best they can and help with the peace talks. However, condemning others for not supporting them in installing by military power a Western friendly government (which may very well be a greater evil) is not acceptable.

Additional Info:
Why Russia Won't Yield on Syria - Great interview! A must! Describes the situation without biases.

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