Tuesday, 21 July 2015
David Cameron extremism speech: The PM's Churchillian posturing over Syria is misguided
"Syrian generals have reported back to Damascus that the Western air bombings have been of no use to their own forces in repelling Isis."
We can see that Robert Fisk's posture is unashamedly pro-Assad. Syrian generals haven't done much to repel ISIS themselves, perhaps those Western airforces should have been helping the Syrian rebels who do fight them.
"The Syrians abandoned Palmyra; military personnel left behind were later executed in the Roman ruins."
And those Assad had locked up in Palmyra prison and tortured sometimes for decades, were freed, if they hadn't already been moved to another dungeon.
"It might have been better, needless to say, if we’d asked our Gulf Arab allies to stop sending weapons to the Syrian rebels who were giving them to the Islamists whom, in turn, we were bombing."
It's just racism to claim that all these Muslims are the same and will give all their weapons to whoever is most extreme. None of these states or groups was giving weapons to ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, who have been bombed by the Americans, are still using all the weapons they get to fight Assad's forces.
"There is a Syrian air force, which will now be operating alongside the Americans."
Assad's airforce don't bomb ISIS, though they occasionally bomb civilians in ISIS-controlled areas. The Americans aren't yet barrel bombing civilians in Aleppo and Daraa, so this isn't quite accurate.