Russia and Syria

Success: “Moderate” Syrian Rebels Negotiating with Russia [VIDEO]

News of Syrian rebels negotiating for relief with Russia shows us more blessings of the Trump win.

Donald Trump is not yet President, but the Syrian rebels negotiating in talks with Russia shows that the nation voted for the right man. If Hillary had won, they would be increasing their efforts to fight, knowing that Clinton was planning on rescuing them.

Yet the media views this as a negative. The subheading in the Financial Times story about these “secret meetings” claims that this development shows that Washington, DC “could become sidelined.”

I think it’s more important that the people of the United States cease being sidelined. That is what Trump has promised. America first!

Yet coastal elites (and their news media) care more about Assad being removed from Syria than they do about Carrier exporting jobs out of the country. Trump is changing all that, and they are horrified.

Watch this video and notice that background music. Does the Financial Times expect us to weep over the defeat of terrorists?

The Guardian also makes it look like a bad thing that the rebels are negotiating:

The level of trust at the Ankara talks is also low because Russia has been leading a relentless aerial bombing campaign against eastern Aleppo that has caused mass civilian casualties. Russia is now perceived as having declining influence in Aleppo over the regime and the Iranian-led militias spearheading the house-to-house fighting in the ruined city.

They have declining influence and aren’t trusted… and yet the rebels are now meeting with them? That make no sense.

“The Russians are playing a double game,” said Bassam Barabandi, a former Syrian diplomat who is now political adviser to the opposition High Negotiations Committee. “They want to show themselves to be the superpower in the region, to broker a deal but, at the same time, they are bombing and killing everyone left in Aleppo.

“The Russians would prefer to have a ceasefire, to help their relations with Turkey and show they are interested in peace, but the regime and the Iranians – they don’t care. They want to take all of Aleppo. For the Russians, failing to achieve a ceasefire in Aleppo will show just how weak they are.”

Eastern Aleppo has been under siege for 150 days and has suffered increasingly heavy bombardment for several months. There are estimated to be about 200,000 people trapped without any functioning hospitals and with medical and food supplies exhausted.

After a ground offensive in the past week led by Lebanese Hezbollah units and Iranian-led Shia militias, the rebels lost 40% of their territory in the city. There are now thought to be about up to 8,000 rebel fighters left, of which an estimated 100 to 400 are part of the extremist Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the al-Qaida-aligned Nusra Front.

What some people call a “double game” is common sense. Of course, Russia does not want to show signs of being soft in their campaign against terrorists. Otherwise, there would be no Syrian rebels negotiating with them.

In the meantime, we are supporting the retaking of Mosul in Iraq from ISIS. Civilians are suffering there too. But the media doesn’t worry about those civilians; only the ones in Aleppo.

War is hell. We should have thought of that before we decided it was our business if Assad remained in power. It wasn’t and isn’t.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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