Speaking on Tuesday of this week, CIA Director John Brennan accused Russia of waging a “scorched earth policy” in Syria. I think clearly we can see evidence of this in the above video.
All kidding aside, Christian charity seems very much alive in Aleppo, and Russian soldiers apparently are quite in the Christmas spirit (The Russian Orthodox celebration of Christmas takes place this Saturday, January 7). The children in the video reportedly are saying “Thanks Russia” in both Arabic and Russian.
The video below is a tad bit older, having been uploaded back in September of 2016, though a similar spirit of giving is very much on display.
But getting back to Brennan…
“What the Russians have done in Syria in terms of some of the scorched earth policies that they have pursued that have led to devastation and thousands upon thousands of innocent deaths–that’s not something that the United States would ever do in any of these military conflicts,” the CIA director said in an interview with PBS.
And perhaps predictably he also gave a back-handed slap to Wikileaks, referring to Julian Assange as “not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity,” while doing some Putin-bashing as well:
We see what he’s done in places like Crimea and Ukraine and in Syria. He tends to flex muscles, not just on himself, but also in terms of Russia’s military capabilities. He plays by his own rules in terms of what it is that he does in some of these theaters of conflict.
Playing by our “own rules” is of course something that the US and its “special” friend Israel both excel at, but I don’t suppose we’ll hear Brennan admit to that anytime soon. In any event, it’s good to see the children of Syria experiencing the joys of Christmas despite the scorched earth policies directed against them–not by Russia, of course, but by terrorists backed by the West and its allies.