Syrian Souvenir Shops Sell Out Of Putin Mugs

Finding Truth In an Illusory World

“One of the calmest periods [in Damascus] since the start of the war,” is due to Russia’s hit on Jaysh al Islam chief Zahran Alloush, Reuters wrote on Friday, citing local sources.

Alloush was something of a hero among some Sunnis but as we said in the wake of the airstrike that killed him in December, he was, in reality, a radical militant who advocated the extermination of Alawites and Shiites in Syria.

His death was emblematic of what the Russian intervention represents to many Syrians who are still loyal to Bashar al-Assad and the Alawite government. As we’ve noted before, regardless of how skeptical you are regarding the Western media’s portrayal of the Assad government, there’s no argument to be made that Assad is some kind of benevolent statesman. He’s not. Plain and simple. Indeed, he himself admits that the Mid-East isn’t ready…

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