Potted Summaries Welcome

Does anybody understand ISIL/ISIS/IS and what’s going on in Syria? Because I certainly don’t. Potted summaries will be more than welcome.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad seems to be the latest Middle Eastern ruler to have a civil war break out, as his own people tried to overthrow him. Shades of Gaddafi and the ‘Arab Spring’.

As far as I can make out, ISIL/ISIS/IS is or was part of the opposition to Assad, but has now become a utter monster, chopping people’s heads off, raping women, banning smoking (which I think won them plaudits from a few antismokers in the UK, if I remember rightly), and trying to carve out a whole new state.

ISIL/ISIS/IS look far, far worse to me than Assad, who is a British-educated ophthalmologist with an Anglo-Syrian wife.

The US (i.e. Obama) seems to be sitting on its hands, doing nothing. And now Putin, an Assad supporter, seems to have stepped into the vacuum, launching air strikes against ISIL/ISIS/IS (and also against other Assad opposition groups, according to some sources). There are repeated reports that he’s about to put boots on the ground as well. For example:

Vladimir Putin is preparing to send 150,000 troops to Syria in a bid to wipe out the evil Islamic State once and for all.

The Russian leader is reportedly mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa.

The city is the self-declared capital of ISIS in Syria and is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members.

Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists who he conscripted into the military earlier this week.

An insider revealed: “It is very clear that Russia wants to sweep up the west of the country, taking Raqqa and all the oil and gas resources around Palmyra.

Putin was saying recently that ISIL/ISIS/IS were mercenaries, and they’d fight for whoever paid them the most. He didn’t say who was paying them, but the implication seemed to be that it was the USA and the West.

I’m wondering whether what happens is that a decision is made in the West to overthrow some unpopular dictator (like Gaddafi), and disparate opposition groups are encouraged, funded, supplied with weapons, and maybe even given air support, in order to get the job done. The dictator (Gaddafi) then gets overthrown, and complete chaos reigns (in Libya) as the disparate opposition groups start fighting each other, Is this what’s happening in Syria as well, but the dictator there (Assad) has powerful allies that Gaddafi never had, and so is managing to hang onto power? If so, it’s a complete mess. No wonder people are trying to escape to Europe.

Anyway, Putin seems to me to making the West look weak and ineffectual, and to have grabbed the moral high ground by launching a determined assault on ISIL/ISIS/IS. And maybe he’ll even win himself a few oilfields in the process.

In fact, Putin seems to have been thoroughly turning the tables on the West. He’s even got God on his side now:

“In the new war of beliefs, Putin is saying, it is Russia that is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah.” Putin said:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

“In his state of the nation address, Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of ‘traditional values’ against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. Social and religious conservatism, the former KGB officer insisted, is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into ‘chaotic darkness.’

Okay, now you tell me where I lost the plot in there. Wasn’t it all the other way round a few decades ago?

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57 Responses to Potted Summaries Welcome

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    I might move to mother Russia if it keeps up

  3. jaxthefirst says:

    I must admit, although I’m sure he has sneaky, self-interested motives behind his actions (he is a politician, after all), I can’t help but admire Putin’s action against IS. At least he’s doing something, rather than sitting around a committee table saying: “Umm, err, well, umm …” like all the other “great world leaders.”

    What a shame he’s a born-again anti-smoker. If it weren’t for that (and it’s a big factor for me, along with many people, as being an anti-smoker says so much about a person’s overall character and the way they do things in all respects – not just smoking), he might just run the kind of country that, when it all gets too ghastly here, I might consider moving to. Now that’s something which, back in the Cold War days, I never thought I’d hear myself saying!

    • Frank Davis says:

      What a shame he’s a born-again anti-smoker.

      A week or so back I asked my new Russian contact Dmitry Kosyrev about Putin, and he told me that it wasn’t Putin behind that Russian smoking ban, but Medvedev. He said that Putin has been insisting that smokers rights should be respected. So that’s one tiny snippet from an actual Russian.

      I suppose I regard Putin as being yet another Russian tsar. They only ever seem to do tsars. After the real tsars had been swept away, Lenin was a new sort of tsar. And so was Stalin. And now there’s Putin. It helps to have a name ending in “in”. (e.g. Rasputin). But I might be entirely wrong about that.

      I also tend to think, like Walt, that he’s essentially KGB. And once KGB, always KGB. But then nobody ever said of George H W Bush that he was a Director of the CIA, and that once CIA, always CIA. Or hardly anybody did. Nevertheless, these intelligence agencies are all mirror images of each other. Including our British ones, which until recently pretended not to exist, and had directors with names like “M”. It’s a very, very murky world.

      What seems clear is that Russia is a rather different place to what it once was. It’s far more open. And the Orthodox church that was suppressed for 70 years has re-emerged, and Putin attends its services. I’ve forgotten which dissident said “There are no communists in the Soviet Union”, but I can imagine it was true, because after Lenin and Stalin and the gulags and crushing sameness everywhere, everyone was thoroughly sick of it. It seems to be really only in the West that communism lives on, now disguised as the Green movement (‘watermelons’, in James Delingpole’s description – green on the outside, red inside).

      I also have similar questions about China, which seems to now be a communist regime running a capitalist enterprise economy, with pictures of Mao everywhere,

      But what do I know? Perhaps I should stick to trying to land rocks on Chelyabinsk. It’s much easier.

      • Some French Bloke says:

        I’ve forgotten which dissident said “There are no communists in the Soviet Union”

        Could be a misquoted version of the title of Emma Goldman’s 1935 essay “There Is No Communism in Russia” (first published in H.L. Mencken’s journal American Mercury, volume XXXIV). Her point was that there were communists in the USSR, but they’d been betrayed, and their ideals hijacked, by the bolsheviks.
        On Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, from oooabooks.org: The two anarchists learned from experience that the Bolshevik dictatorship was not the embodiment of the workers’ revolution that it claimed to be, but was in fact “the very antithesis of revolution.” Their first-hand accounts of the situation in Russia reminded revolutionaries everywhere that “the state – whatever its name or form – is ever the mortal enemy of liberty and popular self-determination” and that true social revolution can never be managed or manipulated by political parties seeking state power, but must emerge from the creative self-activity of working people themselves.

        A similar kernel of truth, wrapped in some extreme wording, can be found in Nietzsche’s Antichrist: “The very word ‘Christianity’ is a misunderstanding–at bottom there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.” Thus the not-so-dissimilar ideal of communism was rejected very early on (see what happened to Gracchus Babeuf in 1797), to be later distorted at their own convenience by self-styled ‘communist’ regimes.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Matt Drudge: Copyright Laws Could Outlaw Linking to Websites

    “I had a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over”.

    http://www.infowars.com/matt-drudge-copyright-laws-could-outlaw-linking-to-websites/

    Drudge: Facebook, Twitter ‘Internet Ghettos’ Designed to Demoralize Individuals

    Corporate-controlled social media killing open range of ideas on Internet, Drudge says

    http://www.infowars.com/drudge-facebook-twitter-internet-ghettos-designed-to-demoralize-individuals/

    • Frank Davis says:

      From the infowars link above:

      “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.”

      “To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over, they’ve got the votes, which means time is limited,” he added, noting that a day was coming when simply operating an independent website could be outlawed.

      “That will end (it) for me – fine – I’ve had a hell of a run,” said Drudge, adding that web users were being pushed into the cyber “ghettos” of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

      “This is ghetto, this is corporate, they’re taking your energy and you’re getting nothing in return – nothing!”

      It wouldn’t surprise me. The internet is the only place where there’s any real freedom. And so of course they want to close it down. And when they’ve closed it down, all that will be left will be a few antismoking sites, offering nicotine patches.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Frank back in 1900 all we had was news print and of course they were all alighned with theNazus of the time. But something strange happened all the 43 states with smoking bans REPEALED THEM anyway……….No internet no nothing………They think shutting down and controlling free speech will shut up the fighters of their BS…..they are their own worse enemy. The people themselves fixed the problem by voting out the idiots and the ant smoking nutz gave up and went for alcohol instead which seems to be brewing in Scotland right now according to Chris Snowden.

        Tax-sponging temperance quacks
        The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance’s temperance conference is underway in Edinburgh at the moment. Sessions include:

        ‘Building Support for Protecting Children’s Right to Grow Up Free from Alcohol Marketing’ (there is no such ‘right’)

        ‘Alcohol Marketing: The Need for Radical Action’ (with the certifiable Gerard Hastings)

        ‘Public Health vs Big Alcohol in the World Cup of Alcohol Marketing’ (ooh, “Big Alcohol”)

        ‘Building Effective Advocacy For Effective Policy’ (ie. lobbying)

        ‘From Evidence To Action – Using Harm To Others Evidence To Build Support For Whole Population Approaches To Reducing Alcohol Harm’ (ie. lobbying, propaganda and dogma)

        ‘Alcohol Sports Sponsorship: Is It Time To Cut The Tie?’ (the speaker is from the UK Temperance Alliance so the answer will be yes).

        This is a tiny selection of the vast number of presentations and panel discussions that are being held at the conference this week. As with tobacco control conferences circa 1983 (when the anti-smoking movement became explicitly neo-prohibitionist) the main themes are advertising, price and advocacy (ie. lobbying).

        You only need to look at the list of speakers to see that there will be no meaningful debate. Aside from the aforementioned Gerard Hastings – who has declared ‘war’ on alcohol – there is Eric Carlin, various members of the Institute of Alcohol Studies (AKA UK Temperance Alliance), Robin Room, Jim McCambridge and various state-funded temperance nags like Colin Shevills from the still not yet de-funded Balance North East.

        http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/tax-sponging-temperance-quacks.html

  5. waltc says:

    I think you’re close to right-on, Frank, tho I, like you, only know what I can scrounge from the media. The whole mess is a series of unintended consequences from a series of previous moves (and lack of moves) by the west and a gross misunderstanding of the Arab mind.

    But: No, ISIS is definitely not US backed. And first reports show that Putin’s first air targets were not ISIS strongholds but rather those of the so-called moderate anti-Assad + anti-ISIS forces that the US was, in fact, belatedly arming. Putin is not a humanitarian or a moral icon; he’s an old-fashioned imperialist. He wants to regain a lost hegemony in the middle east, kick the US out, own the oil, and support his clients, Assad and Iran (to whom he wants to sell military hardware.) He does not represent traditional values but rather KGB values.

    The conundrum in the middle east is that the dictators (Sadaam, who put living people through shredders), Qadaffi (also brutal and nuts, though tractable) and Assad (who, among other things, poison-gassed 1400 people–the “red line” that our feckless president said could not be crossed without dire consequences that never materialized) were unqualified badguys. But. So are their extremist opponents. And between the dictators’ armies and the sheer numbers, strength and zeal of the extremists there was little chance that the moderate opponents of the dictators (the original Arab Springers) could prevail. And certainly not w/o western backing which came, to a very limited extent, far too little, far too late. Putin correctly,from his pov, sees the west’s weakness and reluctance (and capitulation to Iran in the infamous “deal”) as an opportunity to be seized and he seized it.

    Not even sure that if we’d backed the Springers it would have turned out better. In the Spanish Civil War, the alleged goodguy side was taken over by the badguy goodguys (the Communists) and Orwell wrote a book about the brutal consequences of that.

    One other point:

    it seems that in the middle east, and to a lesser extent in Latin America, that there ARE no goodguys
    Just before the Iranian revolution in 1979, at a weird dinner party, I met some Iranian ex-pats. They described a modern sophisticated prosperous Teheran . Yes, the Shah had a gestapo, called Savak, that arrested and probably tortured his opposition, but then came the revolution with its wider-spread brutality, its atavistic sharia, and the loss of freedom and productivity for the vast majority (read ” Reading Lolita in Teheran”) and I started to think, “Well, if those were the guys he was arresting…”

    My point is there seems to be nothing good over there, only the slightly lesser-of-the-evils. At least the terrible dictators kill fewer people and metaphorically “make the trains run on time.”

    • nisakiman says:

      I think you are close to the truth there, Walt. Certainly the western mind cannot comprehend the Arab way of thinking, and that is partly what has led to the idiotic interference of the west in Middle East politics. Democracy as we understand it means nothing to the Arabic mind. They respect power through strength, not through the ballot box.

      If you look at the Middle East over the past several decades, it becomes obvious that a secular despot ruling the country with an iron fist delivers the most stable and economically viable situation, with most of the population in relatively comfortable circumstances. And indeed, when the Pahlavi dynasty ruled Iran, it was a relatively free and wealthy society. Tehran was a great city, with a lively downtown full of bars, clubs and restaurants. Women wore the latest fashions and held high-power jobs, and the average citizen could afford a lot of western luxuries, like TVs and music collections.

      Western intervention has been a disaster, and has destabilised the whole region. Now we are reaping the rewards for our meddling as the fundamentalist loonies promote and export their particular brand of 12th century barbarism.

      • roobeedoo2 says:

        ‘I think you are close to the truth there, Walt. Certainly the western mind cannot comprehend the Arab way of thinking, and that is partly what has led to the idiotic interference of the west in Middle East politics.

        Remind you anything, Nik Nak?

    • Frank Davis says:

      the badguy goodguys

      That’s the problem in a nutshell. And that Orwell was the first to address. In Animal Farm the goodguy pigs metamorphosed in the end into badguy humans.

      • nisakiman says:

        Yes, Animal Farm illustrated the adage ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ very well.

        I must re-read that book – I must have been about 14 when I last read it! How time flies…

    • cherie79 says:

      That is certainly true, I lived in Teheran until we had to evacuate in February 1979, it was a great place then and as long as you stayed out of politics it was fairly free with a good standard of living. We loved it there and the Shah wouldn’t have fallen if Carter had stood by him thus setting of the whole Islamic revolutions that have engulfed the Middle East.

    • cherie79 says:

      This is certainly true, I lived in Teheran until we had to evacuate in Feb 1979. It was a great place and as long as you stayed out of politics quite sophisticated and free, they had a wonderful wine and vodka industry too. I blame Carter, if he had stood by the Shah he would never have fallen and unleashed the whole Islamic fanaticism which has spread throughout the Middle East.

  6. Ed says:

    Small snippet of info;

    and a bit from Putin;

  7. Lepercolonist says:

    Let’s not forget that ISIS is a Saudi-Qatari invention, both kleptocracies having produced the financing for the Sunni “rebellion” once that foolish American proconsul had done away with Saddam’s officer corps. The Saudis now claim that they no longer finance ISIS, but they would, wouldn’t they? Qatar does not even bother to lie. The hundreds of thousands of dead, the more than 5 million refugees, and the total catastrophe that is the Middle East today can be traced back to Saudi and Qatari blood money ensuring peace at home at the expense of others. Iran is to the Saudis what Uncle Sam is to Iran: the Great Satan.

  8. waltc says:

    @Ed
    Excuse me but that’s Putin bullshit. When the Iraqi etc armies and the supposedly reliable rebels we hyper-optimistically and half-assedly trained and equipped to fight their own fight against ISIS & Co. fled every battlefield , they left behind arms that ISIS took. That’s true, but we hardly armed ISIS. Did we totally misjudge almost everything? Yep. Have our jumbled, bumbling, inconsistent, over-reaching, under-reaching policies added to the mess over there? Yep. American policy has been, at best, extremely stupid and, in the face of ISIS, flaccid, but not craftily evil. And when you start believing Putin’s propaganda, you’re getting into dark and dangerous turf.

  9. Steven says:

    As somebody once told me,always follow the money trail and that is true in Middle East.the two most corrupt countries are Saudi arabia and quatar.we sell arms to these countries.This is not about religion but about the sale of arms.America and the west to a lesser degree need wars.The arms industry is multi billion pound industry.Of course Isis should have been destroyed some time ago but is it in Americas interest.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Steve Saudi Arabia is cutting big time government expenditures due to losses in oil revenues it also includes military cuts.

  10. Margo says:

    I also have tried to understand this, Frank, but nobody seems to. I remember years ago (back in the ‘Saddam’ days, maybe) reading a piece somewhere that listed the Middle East countries the West (USA and allies) intended to destroy (to take over the oil? Or for dominion generally?) and Syria was on that list. The method seems to be: ferment unrest in the country to create civil war, spread propaganda here against the leader (this usually includes the charge ‘he kills his own people’), get us all to agree to drop bombs on them, have a war that goes on for years and end up with a smashed country (and a lot of dead/wounded soldiers and civilians). Meanwhile, ISIS (or Al Quaeda, or whatever we’re calling them these days) moves about, gathering recruits, getting stronger with every country we bomb
    This one seems to have become complicated by Putin entering the scene, and now it feels like an extension of the cold war – and maybe that’s partly what it is. So we’ve got: Assad backed by Russia (and a lot of the Syrians), Assad-rival groups (backed by USA and allies), ISIS-type groups (who hate the West – and who can blame them since we keep bombing their countries? – and want to impose their own horrible ways everywhere), and all those Sunni/Shia rivalries that always go on in the Middle East – which seems to me to be an area full of tribes in opposition, which was not helped when the West carved it up without regard to that way back about a hundred years ago after another terrible war.
    It’s not just a civil war in Syria. If it were, why would we think we should be involved at all? All I know is that the West has been selling arms to Middle Eastern countries and training soldiers for years. The ruler we decide to oppose has usually been one we liked in the past or even helped into power. Do we go off them because they stop playing ball with the oil? We, the public, are never told – all we get is propaganda (and then the soldiers and the bombs go in.
    We are never told the truth, which is one reason why I always on principle oppose military intervention. (Opposition never makes any difference – we do it anyway, as we are about to in Syria.)
    I tend to think whoever wrote that piece I read about the USA having a list of countries to smash was right. This time round, I think it started with Iraq (the first Gulf War,1991?) and it’s gone on ever since. (George Orwell’s perpetual War.) Which country will be next?

    • Margo says:

      See http://www.globalresearch/we're- going-to-take out five countries
      for the hit-list (if you can find it from here!)

      • Margo says:

        No, that link won’t work. Anyway, it was General Wesley Clark in 2007, saying:
        ‘We’re going to take out seven countries in five years.’ The countries were: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.
        Iran next, that’s my guess. I can feel it already starting with this nuclear stuff they’ve been gently talking about on the BBC.

        • Ed says:

          @Margo
          That would fit very neatly with the Sept 2000 PNAC document/ white paper-“Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century.”

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          All I can say is buy more ammo. My 15 thousdand round stockpile wouldn’t last a week against an enemy attackers group even if we could hold out. Buy moreAR-15s too. Ive got 2 on order now with special nite vision sites brothers buying us both for xmas.

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The ar 15 barrels are guaranteed to 50,000 rounds each,before needing changed.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Which country will be next?
        I think it will be in every street in the world before its over………..That’s why those of us REAL AMERICANS get ready for the worse but hope for he best. I don’t have a yacht to take me away to another country should SHTF. I have only me and my neighbors to depend on to fight back should it come to that and we would. Ive detailed every road and ravine within 20 mile of us just in case it ever happens and pin point the best ambush spots and defensive positions. But that’s against a moslem invasion from within or their allies already here and coming in across the borders.

  12. Ed says:

    lol, If only we could Harley, but I’m in the UK and only the criminals get the guns here, so it’ll be pitchforks, knives and clubs! I hope you’re wrong too, but if the economies implode, it’ll be worldwide.

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

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  15. harleyrider1978 says:

    In between army and navy I was a submariner on SSBN boomers as a FTG fire control technicians to make them nukes hit what they were aimed at,polaris and posiedon missles.

    Then I got forced converted to tradevman or training deviceman fixing and training in all areas of naval warfare but mostly aviation and radar electronic counter measures like JAMMING enemy radar.

    Then the bastards sent me back to the green machine again and was made a Seabee electricans due to needs of the navy they called it. Which meant back to the woods and warfare tactics all over again,thats where I ended up contracting Lyme disease just before the gulf war in 1990. Bastards.

  16. Ed says:

    The IRA? I might as well tell MI6 I want a RPG! seeing MI6 infiltrated and orchestrated their movement, way back when.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/half-of-all-top-ira-men-worked-for-security-services-28694353.html

    Perhaps a better option would be to print out an AR15 with a 3d printer, lol.

  17. Ed says:

    Oh I know Harley, but they do their best to do so, as it’s so much easier to have controlled opposition to dupe the populace, than an entity that they have no control over. Look at the assault on the internet you posted that’s been recently highlighted by Matt Drudge. They’re so desperate to throttle any resistance to their vision of globalism.

  18. harleyrider1978 says:

    A balding, white haired man walked into a jewelry store this past
    Friday evening with a beautiful much younger gal at his side. He
    told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend.
    The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring.

    The man said, ‘No, I’d like to see something more special.’

    At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought
    another ring over. ‘Here’s a stunning ring at only $40,000the jeweler said.
    The lady’s eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement.
    The old man seeing this said, ‘We’ll take it.’
    The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the man stated,
    ‘By check. I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I’ll write it now
    and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds; I’ll pick the ring up Monday afternoon.’

    On Monday morning, the jeweler angrily phoned the old man and said
    ‘Sir…There’s no money in that account.

    ”I know,’ said the old man…’But let me tell you about my weekend.’

    Not All Seniors Are Senile…

  19. smokingscot says:

    Assad is self-seeking twerp who inherited the country from his Daddy. Yes Syria of yore was incredibly tolerant of all ethnic groups and respectful of their religions, yet it was an oppressive Police State – and that’s why ordinary citizens towed the line..

    Those at the top were scared witless at the “Arab Spring” and the entire Syrian civil war started because a few youths wrote anti- government graffiti on a wall in a little town called Daraa.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/01/world/meast/syria-crisis-beginnings/

    The kids were given a really tough time and the parents were not in the least chuffed with what they got back from the police. Traumatised doesn’t even begin to do that lot justice.

    In the early days it was Bashar’s brother – Maher – who kept him in power.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/10/world/meast/syria-assad-brother/

    He’s a very, very (to the power of ten) nasty person and while there have been reports that he’s dead, he popped up last year to conduct an interview. I believe he’s very much alive and kicking and even more ruthless.

    Unable to get arms legitimately he’s the sort of swine who is perfectly comfortable at using barrel bombs, dropped from a helicopter to level whole city blocks. And poison gas, well that’s naff all

    However the rebels were doing very well until Russian intervention, Bashar is holed up in his home town in the west of Syria and the rebels had him in their sights.

    In many respects I agree with Vlad. If Assad goes the way of Gaddafi then he (Vlad) will have a situation that’s a re-run of Libya; total bloody anarchy. It is never a clever idea to just chuck out the entire government structure (witness the f…up in Iraq when the Yank’s did exactly just that).

    Vlad of course doesn’t give a flying fart about “good” resistance groups. He knows perfectly well that entire brigades are made up of Chechens – and they’ll use their training and experience to do mischief in Mother Russia. It could be argued that he’s using Syrian government intelligence to attack those first, which may upset the heck out of the west, but Vlad knows the west is bombing the living daylights out of ISIS, so why duplicate matters.

    Vlad is in fact scared for himself. He knows darned well that highly placed people in the USA as well as the EU would love to see him overthrown – and have made fairly obvious attempts to do so. Doing this in Syria is simply his way of turning the tables because in the end the world powers will have to deal with Vlad face to face.

    ISIS came about initially because the Sunni Muslims got royally shafted in modern day “democratic” Iraq. Saudi does not want to see Shia dominance in neighbouring countries, hence the way they keep on putting down the majority in Bahrain and the way they pee’d themselves when the Houthi’s began to take over in Yemen. The money that started what is now ISIS is as another commentator stated from Saudi and Qatar.

    In an absolute nutshell ISIS is Sunni and (in a very simplistic way) not that dissimilar to our IRA in its reason for existence, nor outlook. And like the IRA, it most definitely does not speak for the overwhelming majority of Sunni Muslims.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The Sunnis and all he desert tribes have fought ech other for 1000s of years for domination in the region. Its the same thing today.

  20. Ed says:

    A fairly accurate timeline of events to the civil war can be found here;

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Syrian_Civil_War_%28January%E2%80%93April_2011%29

    The thing is, just how much involvement did the likes of Soros and CIA backed institutions have in this “uprising”? Soros has literally got blood on his hands for his involvement in all these so called “colour revolutions”, so don’t expect no difference in Syria, The question is, just how much is staged for Western consumption and regurgitated out ad infinitum on CNN or Fox as the truth?

  21. harleyrider1978 says:

    Miranda Devine: Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

    A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month.

    A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.

    He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly.

    He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.

    It turns out the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has over-estimated future global warming by as much as 10 times, he says.

    “Yes, CO2 has an effect, but it’s about a fifth or tenth of what the IPCC says it is. CO2 is not driving the climate; it caused less than 20 per cent of the global warming in the last few decades”.

    Dr Evans says his discovery “ought to change the world”.

    “But the political obstacles are massive,” he said.

    His discovery explains why none of the climate models used by the IPCC reflect the evidence of recorded temperatures. The models have failed to predict the pause in global warming which has been going on for 18 years and counting.

    “The model architecture was wrong,” he says. “Carbon dioxide causes only minor warming. The climate is largely driven by factors outside our control.”

    There is another problem with the original climate model, which has been around since 1896.

    While climate scientists have been predicting since the 1990s that changes in temperature would follow changes in carbon dioxide, the records over the past half million years show that not to be the case.

    So, the new improved climate model shows CO2 is not the culprit in recent global warming. But what is?

    Dr Evans has a theory: solar activity. What he calls “albedo modulation”, the waxing and waning of reflected radiation from the Sun, is the likely cause of global warming.

    He predicts global temperatures, which have plateaued, will begin to cool significantly, beginning between 2017 and 2021. The cooling will be about 0.3C in the 2020s. Some scientists have even forecast a mini ice age in the 2030s.

    If Dr Evans is correct, then he has proven the theory on carbon dioxide wrong and blown a hole in climate alarmism. He will have explained why the doomsday predictions of climate scientists aren’t reflected in the actual temperatures.

    It took me years to figure this out, but finally there is a potential resolution between the insistence of the climate scientists that CO2 is a big problem, and the empirical evidence that it doesn’t have nearly as much effect as they say.”

    Dr Evans is an expert in Fourier analysis and digital signal processing, with a PhD, and two Masters degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering, a Bachelor of Engineering (for which he won the University medal), Bachelor of Science, and Masters in Applied Maths from the University of Sydney.

    He has been summarising his results in a series of blog posts on his wife Jo Nova’s blog for climate sceptics.

    He is about half way through his series, with blog post 8, “Applying the Stefan-Boltzmann Law to Earth”, published on Friday.

    When it is completed his work will be published as two scientific papers. Both papers are undergoing peer review.

    “It’s a new paradigm,” he says. “It has several new ideas for people to get used to.”

    You heard it here first!
    http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/opinion/miranda-devine-perth-electrical-engineers-discovery-will-change-climate-change-debate/news-story/d1fe0f22a737e8d67e75a5014d0519c6?sv=c408b33cef164795b9a30e809c6cb8

  22. harleyrider1978 says:

    Perceived discrimination linked to smoking and poor diet

    Feeling like the target of discrimination may increase a person’s odds of harmful behaviors like smoking, eating fatty foods and getting less sleep, a study of African-Americans suggests.

    Researchers examined the connection between discrimination and these unhealthy habits among almost 5,000 African-American residents of the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area.

    “We conducted this particular analysis to understand the extent to which multiple measures of perceived discrimination were associated with types of behaviors that are known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease in African-Americans,” lead study author Mario Sims, a researcher with the Jackson Heart Study and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said by email.

    The new study found that higher levels of everyday discrimination were associated with more smoking, higher fat consumption and less sleep in both men and women.

    Higher levels of lifetime discrimination were linked to more smoking in women, more fat consumption in men and less sleep for both sexes.

    The connections between unhealthy behaviors and discrimination suggest that highly discriminated-against racial groups might turn to things like smoking or eating fatty food at least in part as a way to cope with stress, Sims added.

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/10/08/perceived-discrimination-linked-to-smoking-and-poor-diet/

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Man the excuses never end or the politically correct bullshit

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Experiencing discrimination is very stressful and likely affects health behavior as a result,” Lauren McCarl Dutra, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

      Past research has linked racial discrimination to higher odds of death. And other studies have shown that chronic stress harms health both directly, by releasing stress chemicals, and indirectly, by promoting unhealthy coping habits like smoking, drinking and overeating.

      Sims and colleagues surveyed participants about whether they experienced unfair treatment at school or work, how stressful these experiences were, and whether they thought the discrimination might be due to race or another factor such as their gender, age or weight.

      They then asked whether participants responded to discrimination by speaking up or ignoring it, and followed with a series of questions about health behaviors such as smoking, eating and exercising.

      Almost half of the men and 38 percent of the women reported everyday discrimination due to race. Exposure to lifetime discrimination was even higher, reported by 51 percent of women and 63 percent of men.

      Participants were part of a larger project, the Jackson Heart Study, designed to assess cardiovascular disease among African Americans in the Jackson area from 2000 to 2004.

      The survey wasn’t designed to prove that discrimination causes poor health behaviors like smoking or eating fatty foods, the authors acknowledge in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

      It’s also possible that because the study was done in a very segregated community, the findings may have underestimated the impact of discrimination, said Luisa Borrell, a researcher at Lehman College in New York who wasn’t involved in the study

      “African-Americans living in segregated areas tend to report less racial discrimination,” Borrell said by email. “I would expect these findings to be stronger in other African-American communities.”

      Even so, the study adds to a growing body of evidence that racism can have negative health consequences, noted David Chae, a researcher in epidemiology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

      “The results from this and other research on discrimination suggest that there are issues of systemic racism that we as a society still need to contend with if we are to achieve health equity,” Chae, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email

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