Vladimir Putin Can Arm Syrian Regime Forces But Disagrees When It Comes To Rebels

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Things in Syria got out of hand the moment the civil war broke out more than two years ago between the President Bashar al Assad forces and the rebel groups. With the passage of time, as it happens in prolonged wars and battles, things in Syria have turned much uglier and the most inhumane stories are emerging from the conflicted zone.

Is Vladimir Putin A Hypocrite?

Things in Syria got out of hand the moment the civil war broke out more than two years ago between the President Bashar al Assad forces and the rebel groups. With the passage of time, as it happens in prolonged wars and battles, things in Syria have turned much uglier and the most inhumane stories are emerging from the conflicted zone.

Vladimir Putin, while arriving in Britain ahead of an international summit, referred to one such story of brutal killing of a Syrian regime soldier at the hands of rebels who mutilated the corpse and ate his heart. The Russian President said that the decision to arm these human flesh-eating people taken by the U.S. is wrong and it must be reconsidered.

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Sure Putin may be right to say so but the side of the Syrian conflict he supports, which is the Syrian government, is not far behind when it comes to war crimes and atrocities.

The use of force by Bashar al Assad’s forces has resulted in several massacres. Last year in July, more than 250 people were killed by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the village of Tremseh in Hama province. And in April this year, the highest number of victims in Syria was reported when the bodies of at least 566 people, massacred by government forces, were found in the Damscus suburb of Jadidat al-Fadel. In both the cases, a high number of civilian deaths were reported including women and children who had nothing to do with the opposition groups.

Russia, last month, promised to supply its highly advanced anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian government after the European Union countries failed to agree on easing an arms embargo on Syria to help rebels fighting the President of Syria.

So, considering the massacres and atrocities carried out by the Syrian regime, isn’t Vladimir Putin supporting more or less the same ‘kind’ of people? Isn’t Russia doing the same thing as the United States? That is, supporting murderers. I sense Putin is being hypocritical here.

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