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Awol

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  1. Awol

    U.S. Politics

    Find 30 mins when you can, get on YouTube & watch Trump’s interview on Fox News this morning. You won’t get your breath.
  2. That’s what happens when you turn a political party into a cult.
  3. So after being outed as a closet racist Theresa May fights back by announcing national ‘Stephen Lawrence Day’, every 22nd of April. Do they just sit in No.10 watching box sets of The Thick of It? Incredible.
  4. Awol

    Russia

    Disagree there, Pete. Although Russia as a country may not be our enemy Putin definitely is, which for now at least means the same thing.
  5. Awol

    Russia

    Russia used a nerve agent to attack targets in the UK, in what way does that not qualify as the action of an “enemy”? For the record, Assad emptied his jails of 100’s of jihadi terrorists at the beginning of the war he launched on his own people. His aim from the beginning was to undermine the democratic opposition and turn the outcome into a Hobson’s choice of him or the jihadists. Similarly when Russia got involved they immediately targeted the few remaining FSA units that were not aligned with the jihadists. Now, as you say, they are the only alternative to Assad, that doesn’t mean he should get a pass for using chemical weapons on anyone.
  6. Awol

    Russia

    Remember the Russian Foreign Ministry claim about a Swiss laboratory casting doubt on the Salisbury/Novichok findings? They were lying their tits off, for a change.
  7. Awol

    Russia

    Some people want to believe it because it fits a narrative they are personally and deeply invested in. How else to explain that ‘stop the war’ crowd outside Downing Street last night waving modern Russian and old Soviet flags screaming about not bombing Syria. Russian aircraft had flown over 30,000 sorties and hit 90,000 targets in Syria by summer 2017 alone, yet they wave the flags painted on those aircraft. Total cognitive dissonance.
  8. Awol

    Russia

    Well, no one could have predicted this...
  9. Awol

    Russia

    The no-show of Russia’s vaunted air-defence network means one of two things: it failed completely (no way), or an agreement was reached (way).
  10. Awol

    Russia

    UK Tornado aircraft carrying Storm Shadow cruise missiles targeted a combined production and storage site for Sarin gas and precursor chemicals. Operation is complete, no loses and Russian air defences did not engage coalition aircraft. It looks like its over for now unless Assad uses chemical weapons again. Clearly the US and Russia struck a deal.
  11. Awol

    Russia

    Moot point, it’s started.
  12. Awol

    Russia

    The same thing you do with a bully in any walk of life, face him down. Strength wise Russia is not the Soviet Union and Putin has bluffed his way to this point through threats, belligerence and a lack of western leadership and willpower to effectively oppose him. He also knows that the West is vastly more powerful in economic and military terms, if push came to shove. The allies collectively have to take a stand here, consider Russian aggression in the aggregate and say ‘no more’. Putin's no fool and will take any face saving off ramp given to him if he believes we are serious, but it’s essential to force his hand (IMO) for longer-term European security. If not, we’ll very likely face another challenge later that’s closer to home & can’t be ignored. It’s risky but that’s life. We faced off many times during the Cold War & Putin no more wants nuclear escalation than we do. He won’t risk mother Russia over Syria, particularly if we are clear that any action isn’t about removing Assad, but solely to punish his CW use. Thats not a popular view (putting it mildly) but I don’t see any better options at this point. Both Putin & Assad have pushed things too far.
  13. Awol

    Russia

    Can I get a “lol” please..
  14. Awol

    Russia

    Lavrov alluded to foreign security service being involved, his Russian military counterpart came right out and said it was the UK - in collusion with the White Helmets. Should be meme heaven on twitter shortly!
  15. Awol

    U.S. Politics

    Those eyes... she’s a scary lady. You get the sense Trump isn’t going to leave quietly when Meuller drops the hammer.