The Disaffected Lib: It’s Called "Blowback"

Our confused, incoherent, even knee-jerk response to ISIS appears to be backfiring on us, at least in Syria.  There, it’s reported, US air strikes are driving anti-Assad groups – outfits we’ve supported like the Free Syrian Army – into the arms of ISIS.  US air strikes in Syria are encouraging anti-regime fighters to forge alliances with ...

The Canadian Progressive: REPUGNANT: Syrian rebel propaganda video stars children with AK47s

A recent report on the Syrian conflict by Human Rights Watch accused the Free Syria Army rebels of using children as young as 14 as child fighters. Now another rebel group, the Syria Justice and Freedom, recent posted a propaganda video YouTube featuring AK-47-totting children. If you think using a 14-year old as a fighter is disgusting, imagine indoctrinating a five year old. ...

RedBedHead: The Syrian Endgame: Bye Bye Bashar?

Who won’t celebrate the (probably nasty) end of Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria? This is a regime that has suppressed pretty much all forms of internal dissent and democratic participation and ruled with an iron fist for the better part of the last 40 years. There are no independent trade unions, no independent media. There ...