Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

'More than 90%' of Russian airstrikes in Syria have not targeted Isis, US says

A large majority of Russia’s military strikes in Syria have not been aimed at the Islamic State group or jihadists tied to al-Qaida, and have instead targeted the moderate Syrian opposition, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

“Greater than 90% of the strikes that we’ve seen them take to date have not been against Isil or al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists,” said spokesman John Kirby.

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“They’ve been largely against opposition groups that want a better future for Syria and don’t want to see the Assad regime stay in power.”

It was the first time that American authorities have offered any specific figures about the impact of Russian airstrikes in the war-torn country.

The accusation came as Moscow – which says it is going after “terrorist groups”, including Isis – ramped up its bombardments in Syria.

Washington, which supports the moderate Syrian opposition, has consistently said that the Russian action will only add more fuel to the fire and will benefit the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

“So whether they’re hit by a cruise missile from the sea or a bomb from a Russian military aircraft, the result is the same, that Assad continues to get support from Russia,” added Kirby.

“Assad continues to be able to have at his, you know, at his hands the capability of striking his own people, including those who are opposed to his regime.

“And that’s not a good future for Syria. It’s also, as we’ve said before, we believe a mistake for Russia, because not only are they going to be exacerbating sectarian tensions there in Syria, but they’re potentially exacerbating sectarian tensions in Russia itself.

“They’re putting themselves at greater risk.”

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Author: AFP in Washington

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