The real news behind the story told in today’s ‘Guardian’ is out there somewhere and it might even be that the story is at least a part of the real news. We are told that “a convoy of 31 trucks provided by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc) was targeted by either Syrian or Russian aircraft” and it might be expected that information will leave us in no doubt as to who is responsible not only for the truce collapsing and who the real villains of the piece are.
Of course, even if the trip home from Barcelona doesn’t allow for any real evaluation of this piece of news, it is not too difficult to look elsewhere and find another story which at least indicates that understanding the bigger picture might not be just as simple.
Away from the mainstream media the American investigative journalist Robert Parry gets to tell us that American airstrikes have killed “at least 62 Syrian soldiers as one of several “mishaps” that had occurred over the past week.” So, what appears to be an almost tit-for-tat scenario, might just be one more episode in the blame game? Well, it might be if it were not for Mr Parry going on to write:
“……the U.S. and several allies have been routinely violating Syrian sovereign airspace to carry out attacks was not even an issue, nor is it a scandal that the U.S. military and CIA have been arming and training Syrian rebels. In the world of Official Washington, the United States has the right to intervene anywhere, anytime, for whatever reason it chooses.”
And this is the bigger picture! Of course, we might be suspicious of Russian interests in Syria and it might be expected that the Syrian army will be fighting its own dirty war. However, whatever the nature of the regime in Damascus the fact is that without the United States and its allies violating international law on a daily basis, there would be no war in Syria and there would be no slaughtering of innocent civilians.