US: Post Election Coup Underway?

"Our Dantesque journey has just begun" Rare wisdom from an anti Trump protestor in Portland.
“Our Dantesque journey has just begun” Rare wisdom from an anti-Trump protestor in Portland, Oregon in November, how right they were.

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B grade (ok- C grade) actress Rosie O’Donnell actually called for the imposition of Martial Law! The “Liberals” are the fascists in our sick inverted world and now it is right out in the open. Tweet has now been deleted, too late.
 “We must bear in mind, then, that there is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things in any state.” Niccolò Machiavelli, the Prince, p25

January 17th, 2017.

Coup Attempt Underway in US?

The inauguration of is only days away and while it is hoped that the people who have been trying to prevent and destroy the Trump Presidency before it begins will recognise that they have lost, and that they need to respect the wishes of the US people as expressed n the election, there are multiple powerful signs that a decision has been taken by certain elements to destroy the Trump Presidency one way or another because any rapprochement with Russia is completely unacceptable to the secret rulers they represent.

While Russia is not and does not want to be an enemy of the United States, and represents no threat to the people of the US, Russia is an implacable foe of the world domination project being run by the ruling Western oligarchs using the US military and government as a front.

That is the key reason for the manic and hysterical response to the Trump victory.

Because while it matters absolutely nothing to the people of the US that Russia annexed Crimea, this move and the Syrian operation were both completely unacceptable acts of disobedience from the point of view of the ruling cabal.

These operations brought to a sudden end the complete US-Western hegemony that the Western elite assumed would last forever following the collapse of the Soviet Union a quarter of a century ago.

In that time a very deep and long term commitment to this project was created within the Western elite and their minions. These people cannot let go of the dream of complete power on the planet regardless of the consequences and would prefer to fight a war against Russia, than accept the reality that the days of the lone hyper power are over.

The Truth Before the Lies.

Late on election night as the (for them) terrible news of a Trump victory sunk in and before the campaign of mega- lies had started, Ben Mankiewicz of the Young Turks stated the truth about influence and the election.

“With everybody on her side, with everybody trying to help her . Frickin even Republicans were coming out of the woodwork to try and help her. Everybody! Jay Z, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, everybody, every frickin television comedian…..and she still lost to this guy, what does that tell you?” (Source)

Mrs. Clinton received overwhelming support from the entire US and Western cultural elite but this support was not enough to counteract her weakness as a candidate and the difficulty of winning three consecutive terms in the White House, something that has happened only once in living memory when George H. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election.

In the major US print media support for Clinton over Trump ran at a ratio of around 25 to 1, with more than 500 outlets endorsing Clinton whilst around 25 supported Trump.

Major newspapers that have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president – Business Insider

Newspaper endorsements in the United States presidential election, 2016 – Wikipedia

In the weeks after the election the faction in power engaged in a twin track policy of infiltration and sabotage. Great hope was placed in Mitt Romney being appointed Secretary of State and using the position to neuter any attempts by Trump at rapprochement with Russia or break from the foreign policy “blob” or the Deep State in any way.

Once it was announced that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was to be the nominee as Secretary of State, all hope of infiltration evaporated, this was the final straw.

Rex Tillerson: an appointment that confirms Putin’s US election win | US news | The Guardian

Zero Hour Approaches?

The approach became one of pure sabotage, and in the past several weeks we have seen increasingly aggressive and desperate moves from the faction in power and their media outlets to delegitimise the election and claim that Russia manipulated the process on Trump’s behalf in what is clearly a co-ordinated and concerted attempt to destroy the Trump presidency before it begins.

Regardless of your opinion of Trump these efforts should be vehemently opposed for reasons Glenn Greenwald explains eloquently here:

The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

and when interviewed on the Tucker Carlson show.

Tucker Carlson and Glenn Greenwald Discuss Deep State War Vs Trump

The Saker’s take on this topic is also well worth reading.

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump | The Vineyard of the Saker

Former CIA agent Robert David Steele has a strong piece debunking the nonsense about Russia influencing the election.

Robert Steele: The DHS-FBI Report Against the Russians is Absolute Crap — Our Own Traitors, Not the Russians, Are the Real Enemy – UPDATE 3 « Public Intelligence Blog

After the evidence free and concocted “Intelligence reports” with their core evidence being “cause we said so” failed to achieve the objective, an MI6 dirt file was produced in all it’s wonder and glory.

Trump “Intelligence” Allegations

Russia Must be Destroyed: John McCain and the Case of the Dodgy Dossier

Every word was a transparent lie, and the only thing that was exposed was that whilst the criminal faction who control the US were claiming that Russia influenced the election, it was actually their Cabal allies from British Intelligence fabricating dirt in a despicable and ill advised attempt to usurp the will of the American people.

Britain dragged into Donald Trump ‘dirty dossier’ row amid claims Whitehall knew of the file

‘I had nothing to do with it’: Britain’s new Man in Europe denies involvement in Russian ‘dirty’ dossier scandal as his incredible links with British spy behind the document are revealed

No10 defies mounting calls for clarity on what government knew about ex-MI6 agent’s claims of Russian ‘dirty’ dossier on Donald Trump

PETER OBORNE: Threat to Britain if MI6’s meddling with Donald Trump backfires

Sir Andrew Wood ‘who revealed dirty dossier’ an ex-MI6 man made about Trump defends his role

(this is very droll)  British former MI6 spy Christopher Steele ‘worked for nothing’ to get Trump dossier out

(This clarifies the “Former MI6” myth)

MI6 helped Christopher Steele probe Russia World Cup bid

It is not merely the sexual element of this dossier that is patent nonsense, the claims of a private server communicating with a Russian bank are also bunk as both the anti- Trump Washington Post and relatively neutral  Intercept explained months ago.

Here’s the Problem With the Story Connecting Russia to Donald Trump’s Email Server

That secret Trump-Russia email server link is likely neither s ecret nor a Trump-Russia link – The Washington Post

In these cases, when the evil ones become desperate, the lack of evidence is merely incidental. The absence of facts obfuscated by an avalanche of lurid lies. Some writers have noticed the similarity to the prelude to the Iraq war.

The Russian Dossier Reminds Me of the Row Over Saddam’s WMDs

The tactics are very similar, you pile one lie up on top of another and seek to bewilder the opponent who is not sure which lie to attack and while they are trying to figure out how to respond you pile more and more on, creating a  grand compound lie.

In the case of Iraq, the big lie was not that Iraq had chemical or biological weapons, that is still what some claim but the real lie was that Iraq represented a threat to the world that needed to be acted upon. It made no difference even if Iraq did possess these weapons, they were still no threat to anyone and the leaders of the West knew that perfectly well. There may have been sincere and well meaning people who genuinely believed Iraq had these weapons but nobody in DC or London (or Canberra and Warsaw) truly believed that Iraq was going to do anything with those weapons. The idea that Iraq was a threat that needed to be addressed was the core lie. The rest is smoke.

In this case we begin with the semi-credible story that people in Russia entered the DNC server but there is zero evidence that Russia was the source for the Wikileaks releases, nor that the Russian leadership were involved, nor that the Wikileaks releases had any significant impact on the election,nor that Russia even favoured Trump.

In fact the Wikileaks revelations got very little traction in the US media and it was the extraordinary intervention of the FBI Chief James Comey eleven days before the election that switched the momentum of the campaign in Trump’s favour as the same parties who are now trying to blame Russia admitted at the time.

Will Hillary Clinton lose the US election because of the FBI email investigation? | US news | The Guardian

The parallels do not end there with one micro-brain on twitter attempting to directly link the Trump and Hussein families.

The barrle being weel and truly scraped here.
The barrel being well and truly scraped here.

The Bottom Line.

The faction in power are not willing to accept defeat and every attempt is being made to make rapprochement with Russia impossible and/or remove Trump from the scene. It is very possible that the President elect and close associates will be publicly branded Russian agents by certain US intelligence agencies in the coming days. Arrests and indictments are possible, regardless of the lack of evidence.

It is also possible that certain elements will attempt to remove Trump from the scene entirely, or even Obama, for what is required is a crisis of sufficient magnitude to declare a National Emergency and activate the Continuity of Government process that supplants the elected government as happened quietly after 911.

Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret

Hopefully rationality and good sense prevail but there are numerous indications that the war party, the Deep State, the Cabal operatives in the US Government however they may be described, are going to do something dramatic in the coming days and months regardless of the will of the US people or the risk of destabilisation and conflict.

The internal battle is taking place beneath the surface but representatives of the factions communicate their views in the media.

Here some of them explain some of what is happening.

Democrat Senator Chuck Shumer on the Rachel Maddow show, January 3rd. (Source)

Rachel Maddow: “….he’s taking these shots, this antagonism, this taunting of the intelligence community.”

Shumer “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, so even for a practical supposedly hard nosed businessman he is being really dumb to do this.”

Maddow: (in gleeful expectation) “What do you think the intelligence community would do if they were motivated to?”

Shumer: “I don’t know but from what I’m told they are very upset at how he has treated them and talked about them.”

Alex Jones of Infowars, January 6th. (Source)

“Oh yes the Council on Foreign Relation private meetings that Hillary and John Kerry were at, you think somebody recorded those., (bellows) You think somebody recorded those hoss! You think we don’t have people everywhere jackass!”

(Note: This is very interesting as when Jones refers to “we”-“we have people everywhere” he is obviously not referring to Infowars which has it’s only real base in Austin and a small staff , the “we” who have people everywhere clearly refers to some intelligence agency or faction, and when combined with Jones’ recent pronouncement that long term associate Steve Piecnevik is a current CIA operative, it seems that Alex Jones and Infowars is a vehicle for one or more factions of US intelligence. This may explain the wildly erratic quality of Infowars work and their massive blind spots in certain areas.

But the real lesson here is that what we are observing are the surface ripples of a battle taking place within the CIA and the other elements of the US and international deep state, Rachel Maddow, Gordon Duff, John Schindler, Louise Mensch and almost the entire major media represent the ruling faction, Fox News, Drudge and Infowars are pretty much the only large outlets who  openly support faction 2.

Credible and intelligent people are claiming the whole thing is theatre, it has gone well beyond that in my opinion but there is one important kernel of truth in that hypotheses and that is whatever side you are on, you are supporting the CIA)

AJ continues: “It’s all out there, so damaging it may destroy this country but before you are able to strangle it for sure and destroy it, it is going to be released… All of it.”

“So you broke your deal with Trump, you weasels, because a lot of this probably does need to come out it is so bad. Needs to be reform, taken care of, people need to be dealt with . A lot of folks need to get cancer, the real fast acting type. They need to agree to it.”

“But no you’re going to go on to the end, you are not going to stop. You are going to keep trying to sabotage things once Trump gets in, we understand that.We know that you are not going to go away, we understand you are never going to back off, We get it.”

“And so you want to have a big fight, you want to have a civil war? Fill your hands, go ahead, you don’t think everyone has been running around forever getting ready for this?”

Following his delivery of that incendiary missive, which I take seriously despite Jones’ spotty record in many areas and incessant exaggeration. Alex Jones apparently left town on an apparently unplanned holiday and has not reappeared in the Infowars Austin studio in the following ten days.

David Brooks explains the motive.

David Brooks is a long time New York Times columnist, a reliable establishment voice over decades with an intense and undisguised loyalty for the current power faction.

Here he offers a quick summation of the reason that Trump is unacceptable and must be either moved or removed lest the New World Order project drift even further from it’s course.

PBS News-hour, January 6th. (Source)

“But the thing that should most concern us is a shift in American foreign policy, we have had a bipartisan belief in American foreign policy based on the post World War 2 institutions that believed in democratic global world (sic) which Russia and the Soviet Union was often seen as hostile to, and most Republicans and Democrats have always basically believed in this world order.”

(Note: The conflation of the Soviet communist monstrosity with Russia is a classic lie the minions slip into the conversation to obscure the fact that there is no basis for the US to perceive modern day Russia as a threat or an enemy.)

“Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and maybe Marine Le Pen do not agree with this basic structure of the world.They seem to have no respect for the institutions that were created after World War 2 and they see a potential alliance of populists around the world who would fight Islam and restore a certain semblance of traditional values. And so we could be seeing a pivot in American foreign policy which may be in the mind of Trump, certainly seems to be in the mind of Stephen Bannon, his ideologist and this is a piece of that larger shift.”

Any form of nationalism, no matter how rational or reasonable, is forbidden.

The truth of course is that the only threat the US faces and the only real threat the US has ever faced in the post Civil war period at least, is the tyranny of the cabal imposed from within.

Kevin Barrett’s Internet radio show, January 13th.(Source)

Interview with Gordon Duff and Ian Greenhalgh of Veteran’s Today, this exchange begins at 42 minutes and 20 seconds.

Dr. Barrett: “Where do you think this is gonna go? I mean we have a week before this inauguration and this really damning dossier-if it gets proven true- and you know it seems there is obviously behind the scenes work right now- some people are probably trying to cover it up and others maybe willing to verify it and try and take down Trump before he gets in office.What could possibly? Where could this possibly go?”

Duff : “Right now, the Republican party right now, is I suspect they are trying to find a way to get rid of , get rid of Trump….conveniently.”

Dr. Barrett: “OK well (laughs) What is a convenient way to get rid of a guy like Trump?”

Duff: “It will be…”

Greenhalgh: (cross-talk) “He will be found face down in a (inaudible)”

Duff: “I choose not to respond to that question”

Saturday Night Live -January 14th.

Mock Trump Press Conference.

“Thank you for coming I’d like to start by answering the question on everyone’s mind. Yes, this is real life, this is really happening. On January 20th, I Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, and then two months later Mike Pence will become the 46th.” (Source)

CIA Coup? Ex-Spook: Langley ‘Taking Traitor Trump Out Now’

One of many "upsetting" things Donald Trump has said about the CIA and their cabal pals pretending to represent US intelligence.
One of many “upsetting” things Donald Trump has said about the CIA and their cabal pals pretending to represent US intelligence.
If trash like Schindler have their way, the US will resemble Syria in several years time. These low quality individuals must not be allowed to usurp the will of the people.
If trash like Schindler have their way, the US will resemble Syria in several years time. These low quality individuals must not be allowed to usurp the will of the people. (Source)
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This nonsense was penned by an individual named John Schindler, a former NSA officer and lecturer at the Naval War College who earned notoriety when he was discovered to have sent a photograph of his cashewesque phallus to a woman over the internet.(Source)
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If trash like Schindler have their way, the US will resemble Syria in several years time. These low quality individuals must not be allowed to usurp the will of the people.

Paul Craig Roberts “If Donald Trump Is Real, The CIA/Secret Service Will Surely Assassinate Him!”

Metrojet 9268 Disaster- Russian Airliner Destroyed Over Egypt

A Metrojet Airbus A320. was the aircraft that was destroyed over the Northern Sinai.
A Metro-jet Airbus A320. was the aircraft that was destroyed over the Northern Sinai.
Debris of Metrojet Flight 7K9268 on the ground in Sinai, Egypt, October 31st, 2015.
Debris of Metrojet Flight 7K9268 on the ground in Sinai, Egypt, October 31st, 2015.

October 31st, 2015.

224 Die in Sinai Air Disaster.

Incident comes days after a plot to launch false flag attacks in Syria against Russian and US aircraft was revealed.

Crash: Metrojet A321 over Sinai on Oct 31st 2015, disappeared from radar in climb over Sinai

”A Metrojet (former Kogalym Avia, Kolavia) Airbus A321-200, registration EI-ETJ performing flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia) with 217 passengers and 7 crew, was climbing through FL307 out of Sharm el Sheikh over the Sinai Peninsula (Position N30.16 E34.17) at 04:12Z when the aircraft disappeared from radar. Wreckage of the aircraft was later located in mountaineous terrain about 20nm south of Al-Arish (Sinai, Egypt).”

An Airbus A 321 operated by the Russian company Kogalymavia, known as  Metro-jet has crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. All 224 people on board the flight are assumed to have died. There are reports that the jet has been found in the region of southern Arish and is “totally destroyed”. It is interesting that many people are reporting that the plane broke into two pieces. It is also being claimed that the speed of the plane’s descent, at around 6,000 feet per minute is not consistent with even double engine failure. In the case of double engine failure the flight could glide to the ground far more slowlyaviation specialists are claiming.

Russian plane ‘completely destroyed’ in Egypt crash | World news | The Guardian

‘A security officer from the search and rescue team dispatched to the scene said the Russian airline Kogalymavia, known as Metrojet, was “completely destroyed with all on board likely to have died”.

The cause of the crash is not known.It is more than seven months since the last previous major air disaster, the German Wings Flight 9525 incident of March that was blamed ludicrously on a suicidal pilot. .

Kogalymavia Flight 9268

Flight Radar image of the Sinai Peninsual at the time the Metrojet flight was destroyed.
Flight Radar image of the Sinai Peninsula at the time the Metro-jet flight was destroyed.

Metrojet/Kogolymavia

Metro-jet has been operating since 1993 and have only experienced one major previous incident, a fire on the ground in 2011 that left three passengers dead

Kolavia Flight 348 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Metro-jet flight was scheduled to fly from Sharm el Sheikh to St. Petersburg and disappeared 23 minutes into flight. It is being reported that the flight made a rapid descent for several minutes prior to disappearing.

Map of the Sinai region of Northern Egypt.
Map of the Sinai region of Northern Egypt.

Sinai.

The Sinai peninsula was the part of Egypt that Israel occupied between 1967 and 1982 when they left the region under the peace deal between Egypt and Israel negotiated under the US Carter administration.

“The Camp David Accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on 17 September 1978, following twelve days of secret negotiations at Camp David”

The Israelis completed their Sinai departure on April 25th, 1982.

The Sinai region of Northern Egypt is at least in part under the control of fighters who have pledged allegiance to the “Islamic State” leader Baghdadi and operate under the name Wilyat (region) Sinai.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sinai Province

It has long seemed strange that the area of Egypt closest to Israel is where extremist fighters are engaging in a low-level civil war but never land any blows on Israel… ever.

Sinai insurgency – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

August 2012 Sinai attack

2014 Taba bus bombing

October 2014 Sinai attacks

ISIL-affiliate posts ‘video of Sinai attack’

January 2015 Sinai attacks

July 2015 Sinai clashes

Deadly attacks hit Egypt’s Sinai

Egypt battles ISIS in Sinai – BBC News

The Fort Russ Syria Plot.

One interesting report that surfaced in recent days was the alleged leak of a conversation during which plans were being made to conduct a series of false flag attacks in Syria in order to promote war between the US and Russia.

Ukrainian Wikileaks: McCain and Saakashvili are plotting to shoot down American plane in Syria to blame Russia [transcript] – Fort Russ

The plot supposedly unveiled by the leak involved a series of events, including the destruction of a Kurdish village on Syria to be blamed on Russian war planes. The shoot down of a Russian aircraft and also a US plane to be somehow blamed on the Russians.

When I came across this on Friday it was filed under the “too good to be true” tag. After the demise of Metrojet 9268 it is hard to see it that way. Now it seems that the plot they stumbled upon centered in the Ukraine and Georgia was only one of several scheduled as the Western elite seek to make their displeasure towards Russia known via the customary “deep message” method.

This is the key excerpt.

“So, the whole group will be in Latakia, in the Al-Nusra zone, the goal is to shoot down American plane. They will get flight information, there is a local Kurd there for that. The plan is turning out very cool! American plane will be shot down by Russian military. This will be told by the Prisoner, that the target was shot down from PZRK. The scene will be amusing, the whole world will talk about it.’

“After this group will go to Hasaka, it is a city near the Kurds and there they will destroy a Kurdish village,  the Russians will do everything. In return, the Kurds will shoot down a Russian plane with Stingers. The goal is to pit the Americans and Russians in Syria. The Turks will be grateful, they promise to rouse the Crimean Tatars.’

This is the supposed ISIL in Sinai claim of responsibility for shooting down the Metro jet flight, almost certainly a lie.
This is the supposed ISIL in Sinai claim of responsibility for shooting down the Metro jet flight, almost certainly a lie. (Source)

ISIL in Sinai Claim Responsibility?

These claims are never to be accepted at face value and Flight 7k9268 was flying at 31,000 feet when it first experienced a problem. This height is beyond the reach of all manpad anti-aircraft systems and a complete multi-vehicle anti-aircraft system with a radar as well as firing vehicle would be required to strike a plane at that altitude , but it is interesting that someone is claiming responsibility for this in their name.

According to the Hindu Times this is the claim.

“The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders. They were all killed, thanks be to God,”

Mohamed Ibrahim ‏@Ipress_
#Sinai IS branch claims responsibility for the Russian Plane Crash #KGL9268 #Egypt

The Guardian reported that the Russian and Egyptian Governments believed the claims were not true

“Russia’s transport minister Maksim Sokolov has said that the claim Islamic State militants brought down the plane “can’t be considered accurate”.
Shadi Bushra, reporting for the Guardian in Cairo, has also spoken to Mohamed Samir, Egypt’s army spokesman, who also refuted the claim.
They can put out whatever statements they want but there is no proof at this point that terrorists were responsible for this plane crash.
We will know the true reasons when the civil aviation authority in coordination with Russian authorities completes its investigation.
But the army sees no authenticity to their claims or their video.’

There is zero chance this video is authentic. Even if the highly unlikely ISIL in Sinai claim turns out to be correct, there is almost no chance this is the right plane. The video seems old, modern mobile phones and cameras do not produce images like this and it is also clear that the aircraft in this video is flying far lower than 31, 000 feet.
The reader can decide for themselves.
ISIS Claimed Video of Russian Sinai Shoot Down

It is very strange that the bodies of the victims are starting to arrive at the Cairo morgue yet no footage of the crash scene or wreckage has surfaced.

Egypt: Victims of Russian passenger plane crash arrive at morgue in Cairo

Conclusion.

Other than the fact that Metro-jet 9268 has crashed in the Sinai and those on-board are probably dead, this event remains a mystery and to try to draw even speculative conclusions is foolish at the moment.

The possibility that is deeply worrying at this time is that a US airliner were to meet a similar fate in the near future.

I cannot confirm the authenticity of the Fort Russ leak. It may well be true, or it is possibly an act of psychological warfare but there is one thing that they got right for sure and that is that the plotters want major war between Russia and the USA because without it they lose. In Ukraine and in Syria they lose unless they can initiate a major war.

The tragic demise of Metro-jet 7K9268 will not be enough on its own to accomplish their goals. It is therefore highly likely that whatever the cause of the Metro-jet disaster in Egypt, we will see an increase in desperate attempts to foment major war in the near future.

The remnants of Metro-jet Flight 7K9268 in the Egyptian Sinai.October 31st, 2015.
The remnants of Metro-jet Flight 7K9268 in the Egyptian Sinai.October 31st, 2015.
The remnants of Metro-jet Flight 7K9268 in the Egyptian Sinai.October 31st, 2015.
The remnants of Metro-jet Flight 7K9268 in the Egyptian Sinai.October 31st, 2015.

First video from 7K9268 A321 crash site in Sinai

Egyptian authorities retrieve black boxes of crashed Russian plane

Russia: Relatives of crash victims grieve at Pulkovo airport

7K9268: Russian passenger jet with 224 on board crashes in Egypt, no survivors

Russia: Mourners lay flowers and candles at Pulkovo airport

Russian civilian airliner with 224 passengers crashes in Sinai Peninsula

100 bodies, incl 5 children, extracted from 7K9268 A321 crash site

Russian civilian airliner with 224 passengers crashes in Egypt

Egypt PM: Russian jet crashes in Sinai Peninsula

Deadly plane crashes claim hundreds of lives in recent years

Classic Putin Beatdowns.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly September 28th, 2015.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly September 28th, 2015.

October 15th, 2015.

The Russian Narrative of the Post Cold War era in lass than six minutes..

The video below contains an answer from Vladimir Putin to a question from veteran BBC “journalist” John Simpson.. In less than six minutes the President of the Russian Federation explains their point of view on the post cold war era in a most devastating manner.

It is a calm and skillful demolition of the Western narrative regarding Russia in all it’s infantile and morally bankrupt depravity. Even those who disagree have the opportunity at least to hear the Russian viewpoint expressed in a succinct yet powerful way.

The core of it is that when the USSR was dismantled the West continued with the tactics of the Cold war and continued to treat Russia as an adversary despite the end of the defining ideological difference.

From their point of view the acquiescence of  Russia to the Wests demands in terms of economic policy were met with encirclement, missile shields aimed at achieving Nuclear first strike capability and colour revolutions on their borders to replace their allies with the stooges of the West.

The Russian narrative has two central virtues, it is simple and it is largely true although some less “helpful” facts tend to be edited from the narrative as you would expect.

Putin Crushes BBC Smartass

The Stand over Classic.

This video presents almost a caricature of the Russian President as the stand-over man from central casting as he brutally intimidates and publicly humiliates recalcitrant Russian industrialists before the view of the public.

Worth watching if only to see the look on the face of the oligarch billionaire Oleg Deripaska when Putin asks for his pen back having just exposed the oligarch as a liar and forced him to sign a contract against his will. It is a very funny very short video.

Classic Putin

The Intellectual Version – the Munich Speech of 2007.

This is at the other end of the spectrum. This is the intellectual version of the Russian narrative as expressed by the President from Munich in 2007.

In this speech the Russian President explained what Russia was going to do and why they were going to do it.

They will try and co-operate but any transgressions close to the border will be met with overwhelming force as happened the following year in Georgia.

Putin is basically announcing that “you won’t have Russia to kick around any more.”

In front of an audience that included Angela Merkel, John McCain, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Tzipi Livni and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, it is amusing to watch their faces as they are informed very politely that they are deluded fools whose days of arson are coming to an end.

Putin patiently explains that the period of total US domination of international politics had been a catastrophe and his intent to end it and replace it with a system of co-operation in the context of non-interference in other states internal affairs.

The idea of simply leaving people alone is a foreign and unfamiliar concept to the Westerner after a lifetime of pro war/ we are always right/ we know everything brainwashing but it actually makes a lot of sense and represents the only hope for peace aside form the totalitarian one world government the sick creatures of the Western elite are still trying to build.

The transcript is here.

Speech and the Following Discussion at the Munich Conference on Security Policy
February 10th, 2007, Munich.

Vladimir Putin’s legendary speech at Munich Security Conference (1/4)

Vladimir Putin’s legendary speech at Munich Security Conference (2/4)


Vladimir Putin’s legendary speech at Munich Security Conference (3/4)

Vladimir Putin’s legendary speech at Munich Security Conference (4/4)

Syria Launches Russian Backed Ground Offensive.

Aftermath of Russian strikes in Idlib province Syria on October 7th, 2015. (Reuters)
Aftermath of Russian strikes in Idlib province Syria on October 7th, 2015. (Reuters)

October 8th, 2015.

Syria Launches Ground Offensive in Idlib and Hama backed by Russian air support.

Syrian troops have launched a major offensive against foreign backed jihadist fighters in the provinces of Hama and Idlib.

For the Russian entrance into the Syrian war to be a success, this must work. This is the “moment of truth”  for this entire enterprise.

If the Syrian Army and allies cannot achieve significant gains in these newly favourable circumstances it is hard to imagine them being able to achieve anything more in this war. The game will be up.

This is going to be a very difficult period militarily and politically as there is little doubt that many civilians will die in these ensuing ground battles. There is going to be a lot of suffering for people on the ground.

This was made obvious by the thousands of leaflets dropped over the areas of the offensive in recent days warning residents to leave.

Syrian military throws leaflets for local residents on the territory where the army plans offensive

Similar leaflet drops are frequently used by Israel and the US to essentially enable them to blame the victims of their military operations for the consequences of these operations on the civilian population.

Airborne leaflet propaganda – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

After an area is leveled and people are massacred, they say “We dropped leaflets, we warned them”

Map shows the position of the Caspain and Black Sea to Syria and charts the trajectory of the Russian missile attacks launched from the Caspian.
Map shows the position of the Caspain and Black Sea to Syria and charts the trajectory of the Russian missile attacks launched from the Caspian.

The Naval Attack.

Today Russian Navy vessels also launched missile attacks on jihadist positions in Syria, from the Caspian sea.

Russia: Russian warships launch first anti-IS strikes

TOW’s still available.

It was discovered that the jihadists fighting in Syria are still in possession of the generally devastatingly effective TOW missiles, but they had a rare failure. I have never seen that happen before.

Syria: Saved by a Post: NDF T-55 Saved from an BGM-71 TOW

Amazing rebel footage shows the MI24 helicopter flying extremely low under heavy machine gun fire.
Amazing rebel footage shows the MI24 helicopter flying extremely low under heavy machine gun fire.

Close Air Support.

The Russian military are flying close air support for the Syrian Army using Mi 24 attack helicopters.

It is extremely likely that these forces will suffer casualties. Some of the video shows the helicopters flying so low that they look like cars.

Syria: RuAF Mi-24s Providing CAS During SAA Hama Operations

Russian MI-24 Hind Helicopters In Action Over Syria

The US is still flying combat sorties in Syria and launching their half-baked attacks against lone IS vehicles. This means that the bright idea of members of the war party to arm the jihadists fighting in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons to use against Russian jets is a complete non-starter. The provision of such weapons might lead to the loss of US aircraft and pilots but they could provide the rebels with weapons that are able to destroy a helicopter but that lack the range to strike a jet fighter flying at altitude.

The US Defense Secretary Complains about al Qaeda being bombed.

It was shocking to hear Deutsche Weller brazenly describe al Qaeda in Syria as “moderate opposition” but to  hear the Secretary of Defense for the United States Ashton Carter actually complain that Russia was striking targets in Syria “other than ISIS” was a stunning new low.

US says won’t cooperate militarily with Russia in Syria | News , World | THE DAILY STAR

The second largest terror group operating in Syria are the al Nusra front or al Qaeda in Syria.

Al Nusra have committed mass murder on many occasions. The UN documented that al Nusra fighters conducted a false flag Sarin gas attack in Khan al Assal in April 2013 that left dozens of civilians dead.

UN’s Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels ‘used sarin’ – BBC News

When the UN was about to arrive and begin the on the ground investigation the al Nusra front returned to Khan al Assal and murdered three hundred civilians in an attempt to cover their tracks.

Khan al-Assal massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The al Nusra front are a proscribed terrorist group in the United Nations. Anyone who protests against them being attacked is offering rhetorical support for terrorists it is that simple.

When did it become okay for the United States to have a pro-terror Defense Secretary?

Ashton Carter’s whining on behalf of the al Nusra front is nothing less than an act of overt treachery against the United States and the West.

I must be confused as I thought it was the job of this piece of filth to actually PROTECT the people of the United States from the likes of al Qaeda not to protest when they are attacked.

If he had an iota of respect or dignity he would resign.

How on earth do these people think they are going to evade responsibility for their actions?

International Military Review & Analysis – Syria, Oct. 8, 2015

Syria: Assad’s ground troops launch offensive against IS in Hama and Idlib

Syria: Syrian military release Hamah military operation footage

Russian Helicopters Provide Support For The Syrian Army Near The Village Of Kafr Nabouda In Hama

Russian Air Force Mi-24Ps Engage Militants Near Kafr Nabudah In Hama

Russian Air Force Mi-24P Attack Helicopters Provide Close Air Support For SAA Near Kafr Nabudah Hama

Syria: Russian airstrikes hit ISIS fuel depot

Huge explosions as Russia allegedly strikes Hama region, Syria

Syria: RuAF Mi-24P VS Jihadist in Salma, Latakia

Syria: RuAF Mi-24Ps Providing CAS near Kafr Nabudah, Hama

Combat Cam: Russian jets smash ISIS command post, fuel depot & fortifications

Удар по укрепленным позициям отряда ИГИЛ в р-не ТАМАНА

Авиаудар по КП бандформирования ИГИЛ на окраине ТАМАНА

International Military Review – Syria, Oct 7, 2015

Illuminati/U.S. Bombing Civilians & Blaming Putin/Assad – Unbelievable Propaganda [MUST SEE]

Fresh Russian Airstrikes Blast Foreign Backed Jihadists in Syria.

Still from video of Russian ari strike on Syria.
Still from video of Russian ari strike on Syria.

October 5th, 2015.

Russian Airstrikes on Syria.

Since the middle of this week the air force of the Russian Federation have conducted dozens of air strikes in Syria amid intense hypocrisy from the criminals who have supported the terrorists who have spent the past four years destroying Syria as per Israel’s wishes.

Al Qaeda are now being characterised as a “moderate opposition” group whom the Russians are to be condemned for attacking in some of the most stunning and nauseating hypocrisy ever witnessed on this increasingly foul and despoiled planet.

These same professional liars are still trying to blame al Qaeda for the atrocities in New York on September 11th, 2001 whilst supporting them as an arm of the covert operations wing of the CIA.

It really shows how far gone the West is that they would have the temerity to publicly complain that someone was blowing up their pet al Qaeda terrorists and literally not one member of the official media has a single critical word to say on the matter.

Map of Syrian military situation, October 2015.
Map of Syrian military situation, October 2015.

The Purpose.
Until the Russian Air strikes are combined with a large scale ground offensive, the scale of their operation and it’s ambition will become clear.

There are reports of a massive combined Iranian-Hezbollah-Syrian operation on the ground, these reports may be hype.
After several days several things stand out.
It seems from the focus of the Russian attacks that Idlib, Aleppo, Hama and Homs are going to be the first priority.

The assessment from Andrey Fomin at Voltaire Net makes sense

“The military disposition in Syria is crystal clear. Primarily, blockade of the cities of Homs and Hama should be lifted and direct land route from Damascus to the Turkish border to be put under control of pro-government forces. The first strikes of the Russian AF were dispatched precisely in that direction.”

and more broadly.

“The counter-offensive near Hama will very quickly make it possible to figure out whether the plans to drive Jabhat Al-Nusra into the desert are workable. That might not be consistent with the stated goal of battling Daesh, but in the field everyone understands that it is not possible to expel Islamists into the desert without lifting the blockades on the currently fortified regions. They have been —and remain— prime targets of the Russian air wings.”

and on the real motivation for the Western response to the Russian entrance into the Syria war, a dream that has cost billions of dollars has just died.

American and Saudi concerns have certainly nothing to do with the alleged civilian deaths from air strikes. The fact is that the billions spent by the royal family of Saudi Arabia, the CIA, and other agents in their attempts to oust Bashar al-Assad have literally been tossed away into the sand.”

Map of the areas of control in Syria at the start of 2014.
Map of the areas of control in Syria at the start of 2014.

The Situation.

Looking at maps of the areas of control it is striking that the Syrian state has lost a lot of territory in the North since the start of this year. In the East, there is a single Syrian government position at Deir az Zour military airport whilst in the West Hezbollah have been achieving all the objectives they have been given for several years and almost completely evicted the rebels from the West of Syria near the Lebanon border. The south has remained relatively static by comparison.

One very noticeable aspect of the Russian air operations is that they have not attacked anywhere in southern Syria at all. This may be due to their priorities being focused on the area around the Mediterranean coast or it may be part of a desire to avoid confrontation with Israel at all costs.

The hole created by a Russian air force attack on a Syrian rebel underground facility in Idlib.
The hole created by a Russian air force attack on a Syrian rebel underground facility in Idlib.

Underground command posts destroyed.

The most interesting of the Russian strikes were the attacks that targeted underground rebel facilities. Several sites appear to have been targeted with bunker busting bombs.

It has been claimed that military officers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey were killed in one of these attacks on an underground base although these claims will probably never be verified.

The presence of foreign military forces within the Syrian insurgency appears to have been severely under-reported.
In mid 2012 the Beirut Daily Star, a large mainstream paper that takes an anti-Assad stance reported that thirteen French officers had been captured in Syria. The Daily Star website then became completely inaccessible for many hours and when it returned to the internet the story had been scrubbed and was never mentioned anywhere again.

International Military Review – Syria, Oct 6, 2015

Syria: Russian air strikes target ISIS HQ near Aleppo

(Russian titles followed by Google translation)

Нанесение авиационного удара по складу боеприпасов террористов ИГИЛ
(Air strikes on ammunition depots terrorists LIH)

Нанесение авиаудара по скоплению военной техники бандформирования ИГИЛ
(The application of air strikes on the accumulation of military equipment gangs LIH)

Нанесение удара по огневой позиции РСЗО подразделения боевиков ИГИЛ
(Striking the firing position MLRS units militants LIH)

Russian Air Force Operations All Over Syria On Oct. 3

Russian Airstrike Destroys Mountainside

Syria: Russian air strikes hit 8 ISIS targets near Jisr al-Shughur

Combat Cam: Russian jets hit 10 ISIS targets in Syria in last 24 hrs – MoD

Footage of Russian air strikes against ISIL positions near Syrian city of Jisr al-Shughur

Syria: Russian Su-34s destroy ISIS command centre near Raqqah

Syria: Russian air strikes hit ammo depot in mountainous region

Syria: RuAF Su-25 Airstrike on IED Factory in Idlib

Combat Cam: Russian jets target ISIS command center, training camp – Moscow MoD

Syria: Footage shows Russian airstrikes obliterating IS targets

Russian Airstrikes All Over Syria Continue

Closer look at Russian fighter jets bombing ISIS (EXCLUSIVE)

Israel Firsters Demand World War against Russia.

Still from video of Russian ari strike on Syria.
Still from video of Russian ari strike on Syria.

October 2nd, 2015.

Israel Firster US Senators Advocate War with Russia.

If you want to know what Israel’s opinion is on any situation, just listen to the words of  John McCain, Lindsay Graham or Tom Cotton and Israel’s wishes and thoughts become clear very, very quickly.

Lindsay Graham was predictably.the most amusing of the troupe coming up with some real gems here.

MUST-SEE Crazed US Senator Attacks Defense Secretary for not Planning War With Russia!

Which provoked this response from zarfii on youtube .

“The question is Graham, you fucking warmongering psychopath POS, Are you and your family going to be on the front lines with your butchering maniac Jihardist buddies to depose a democratically elected leader and risk WW3 “

Which seems an apt summary.

US Senator Tom Cotton will become President after armageddon and looks forward to the opportunity.Such a low disgusting liar that he still claims that

US Senator Tom Cotton will become President after Armageddon and looks forward to the opportunity.Such a low disgusting liar that he still claims that “Iraq would have posed a security threat to the US if the US had not invaded Iraq.

This is only a general rule it must be hoped because over the past several days McCain and Cotton have been calling for the US to attack Russia in Syria. A course of action with potentially apocalyptic consequences for the people they are supposed to be representing and the wider world.

You haven't made it big as a leader of Jihad until you meet with the American Emir-Senator John McCain greets Belhaj following the ouster of Gaddafi.
You haven’t made it big as a leader of Jihad until you meet with the American Emir-Senator John McCain greets Belhaj following the ouster of Gaddafi.

It can only be hoped that these ridiculous suggestions represent the last moans of the dying monster

US presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants to impose a no-fly zone in Syria

Senator John McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels With (SAM) to Shoot Down Russian Planes.

Sen. Tom Cotton says US should shoot down Russian planes over Syria

Fiorina calls for US to create a no fly zone in Syria, shoot down Russian planes

Pentagon mulling use of force to protect US-trained militants from Russian attack

Syria: Russian Su-34s destroy ISIS command centre near Raqqah

Syria: Russian air strikes hit ammo depot in mountainous region

International Military Review – Syria, Oct 3, 2015

Syria: RuAF Su-25 Airstrike on IED Factory in Idlib

Syria: Russian Sukhoi jets lift off to combat Islamic State

Combat Cam: Russian jets target ISIS command center, training camp – Moscow MoD

Syria: Footage shows Russian airstrikes obliterating IS targets

Russian Airstrikes All Over Syria Continue

Russia Starts Airstrikes in Syria.

Russian Airstrikes Have Begun

September 30th, 2015.

“As for media reports claiming that the civilian population is suffering, we are prepared for such information attacks. The first reports about civilian casualties emerged even before our planes got in the air,”  Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Russian Airstrikes Begin in Syria.

It is now being reported that Russian fighter jets have begun to attack anti Government militants in Syria.

The Ram Z video is accompanied by this description.

“On 9-30-15, Russian Airstrikes have begun targeting Jihadist in Northern Hama & Homs mostly in Talbisah and Rastan.”

The BBC story also mentions opposition controlled parts of Hama province.

Syria crisis: Russia begins air strikes against Assad foes – BBC News

The BBC also claim that the United States was informed of the Russian operation beforehand.

The Guardian report that Israel was also informed of the operation beforehand.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria areas ‘belonging to terrorists’ – live updates | World news | The Guardian

“An hour before the first strikes Russia contacted Yossi Cohen, the national security adviser to Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to warn Russian jets would be bombing targets in Syria. The warning falls in accordance with a ‘deconfliction’ agreement between the Kremlin and Netanyahu, meant to avoid clashes.”

AFP report that at least nine sites were targeted.

Source tells @AFP areas in #Syria hit by #Russia: Homs: Talbisseh, Rastan; Hama: Latamneh, Kafr Zita; Latakia: Jabal Zweid, Ghmam, Deir Hana

It is being reported that the strikes resulted in 24 deaths there are no details currently as to whether there were civilian casualties.

Reuters are reporting the Russian Defence Ministry as stating that they conducted 20 airstrikes in Syria. They describe the targets as “military equipment, communication facilities, arms depots, ammunition and fuel belonging to Islamic State.”

Russia begins Syria air strikes as war enters volatile new phase | Reuters

It is also being reported that the attack targeted a branch of the Free Syrian Army that had been supplied with TOW anti tank rockets by the US.

This may be propaganda but it does fit with the known facts.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria areas ‘belonging to terrorists’ – live updates | World news | The Guardian

“The Free Syrian Army, a rebel group backed by foreign enemies of Assad, has been struck by Russian air strikes in north-west Syria, according to Reuters.
The group’s commander said eight fighters were wounded in the countryside of Hama province, where the group has a headquarters.
“The northern countryside of Hama has no presence of ISIS at all and is under the control of the Free Syrian Army,” Major Jamil al-Saleh, who defected from the Syrian army in 2012, told Reuters via telephone.
Saleh said his group had been supplied with advanced anti-tank missiles by foreign powers opposed to Assad.”

US Cooperation?

Thierry Meyssan has been a credible source on this story and it is extremely likely that his claim that the US agreed to this course of events at least five weeks ago is correct, although it seems doubtful that the US would have agreed to their Free Syrian Army proxies with their TOW missiles being targeted if that has actually happened.

The Free Syrian Army exists mostly as a front to enable the US to supply weapons to al Nusra and other jihadists fighting in Syria.

The Free Syrian Army largely evaporated after the capitulation of Qusayr in May 2013.

But they exist these days to act as intermediaries between the US and al Nusra and ISIL providing the much desired “plausible deniability” that the US is arming terror groups.

The entire notion of moderate rebels is something of a joke as “moderates” do not generally try to overthrow their government by the use of armed force. They choose other methods.

It is likely that an initial goal of the Russian strikes would be to remove the TOW missiles and enable Syrian tanks to survive on the battlefield. That is why I do not dismiss this story, the TOW’s would be an item the Russians would like to target for military and military-political reasons.

It almost seems as though something really bad is going to happen in Russia because the Western elite, so accustomed to winning every argument and always getting their way, are suddenly facing defeat after defeat. Russia always seems to be involved.

Historically this group respond to unwelcome challenges with extreme violence. If a frontal approach is not possible a deception is constructed.

They have met their nemesis but will they accept this or do something drastic to change the situation?

Sergei Lavrov New York Press Conference.
These events are generally completely dull but this is actually quite exciting.The Western media were given a prolonged polite demolition. One of the more entertaining things is the way the many “Israeli” elements of the media become upset at Lavorv’s deft performance as it unfolds.

Starts at 4:47

LIVE: Lavrov holds press conference following 70th UNGA session (English Audio)

Controlled media  drones  return to their hackneyed mantras.

How do you describe people who spend their lives lying in an attempt to facilitate mass killings over and over again?

Who are able to witness the carnage they have engineered and calmly move onto the next target?

The BBC and their fellow Western media are quite simply the propagandists of genocide.

There are laws against what they have done and continue to do. I hope to see these laws enforced sometime and see the war criminals of the Western media made accountable for their evil deeds but the vital thing is that these evil beings are never allowed to succeed and that no more states are destroyed on the back of their lies and psychopathy

The favoured meme was made absolutely clear by the BBC from the start of their news reports on this topic, Russia is not fighting terrorism they are “propping up a Dictator.”

The BBC followed up their news report making it perfectly clear what they represent with an interview of an individual named David Schenker who was presented as simply a neutral (Western)  observer but who is employed by the Israeli think tank based in the US named WINEP.the Washington Institute for Near East policy, best known in recent years fr Patrick Clawson;s evil and insane “let’s have a war” speech.

Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran

These are the people the BBC presents as being reasonable commentators on the Syrian war and we are actually expected to believe they are motivated by concern for the well being of the Syrian people when nothing could be further from the truth.

Schenker’s views lack all credibility because as a representative of Israel we can surmise that he wants to see the Syrian state destroyed and all else is sophistry.

It is absolutely nauseating that the BBC would insult it’s audience with the idea that Schenker is a reasonable or impartial observer. If he appeared as an advocate for Israel and Israeli policy goals, fine, but to have someone like that as the sole voice of analysis presented as being a centrist is truly despicable.

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East

The Zionist intentions towards Syria have been made perfectly clear both in word by Oded Yinon decades agoand by many deeds, such as the tactical nuclear strike on Syria in May 2013.

Israeli Nuclear Attack on Syria, All Known Footage

Russia versus Israel?

The Daily Beast articulated Israel’s position and concerns perfectly recently. Something that should be expected from such an obvious and laughable CIA/ Mossad front, but that is a churlish observation.

Putin’s New Axis of Resistance: Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah – The Daily Beast

The actual Russian position is far more nuanced and less romantic and also less threatening to Israel, but clearly they feel that events are not following their desired trajectory and this is just another sign of their enemies being strengthened in a way they find disconcerting and upsetting.

Generally Russia appears to have tried to treat Israel with courtesy and respect, with kid gloves. The Russian Federation has never ever tried to pose as an enemy of Israel or ally of Hezbollah or even Iran.

There is no real evidence that the traditional Russian position of respect and caution towards Israel has changed.

Russia is selling weapons and nuclear plants to Saudi Arabia, they are trying to make deals and friends rather than start big wars against nuclear states such as Israel or take sides with Iran.

There is a tremendous amount of discontent among US allies in the Middle East for a multitude of reasons and this is the context in which Russia is acting.

Russia is attempting to impose itself on the Middle East, not as a member or leader of the Axis of resistance but more as an honest broker and potential security guarantor, for better or worse.

US Complains As Russia Bombs its Terrorists | New Eastern Outlook

Aangirfan: RUSSIA ATTACKS USA’S TERRORISTS

Russian Airstrike Hits Idlib Syria

COMBAT CAM: First video of Russian airstrikes on ISIS in Syria

New combat cam footage shows Russian anti-ISIS night-op

Syria: Footage shows Russian airstrikes obliterating IS targets

Russian air force targets ISIL positions in Homs, Hama, Latakia

Aftermath of air strikes in central Syria.

تلبيسة اللحظات الاولى من الغارات من الطيران الروسي واستخراج الشهداء والجرحى من تحت

International Military Review – Syria, Oct. 1, 2015: Studying Russian Military Operation

Russia: IS command post in Jisr al-Shughour destroyed in latest airstrikes – DefMin

Putin: Who created ISIS?

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria, by Thierry Meyssan

The preparation for Russian military deployment in Syria continues, by Thierry Meyssan

The CSTO arrives in Iraq and Syria, by Thierry Meyssan

There will be no Third World War, by Thierry Meyssan

the Russian Parliament has Approved Military Deployment in Syria | Crimes of Empire

The Russian Military are in Syria (Updated – Russian Jets, Tanks and Troops on the ground in Latakia) | Crimes of Empire