Igor Nikolaichuk, an expert of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, for MIA “Russia today”
Thomas Jefferson in one of his letters reflected: “The tree of liberty should from time to time water the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. ” It was written back in 1787.
Today it is clear to any liberal, that American democracy in the twentieth and twenty-first century has acquired truly vampire character: the need blood. As long ago ran out of their tyrants and patriots of their pity, have to resort to other public glades.
The long martyrdom “tyrants” – victims of vampire democracy – we will not remember. Let us consider another candidate in any, Syrian President Bashar Assad. With them the situation confused. Because of Russia. This political figure of Russia’s legitimate and acceptable. But only. As, however, it was legitimate and acceptable, his father Hafez al-Assad. And Hafez and Bashar al-Assad, while their blood did not want the Americans were quite respectable and effective policies focused more on France, or even to a generalized “West” than the Soviet Union or Russia. But here’s the curious thing: the foreign cartoons on Assad mainly exploited the theme of blood. Our president, Vladimir Putin, who was also present at these cartoons in Syrian blood or soiled, or sitting in a bathtub, “the blood of Syrian babies” with Assad. What a strange leitmotif.
Whether to spoil our business in Syria vampire appetite? Can we celebrate “light”? Let’s try it once investigated by political mediametry.
So, the index of materials about Russian aggression with tag “Bashar al-Assad” for the period from 1 to 20 October 2015 is as follows: for all countries – 1.3 for the United States – 1.5 for the UK – 2.3, Germany – 4.7; France – 0.9. The same indices for all in 2013 (in 2014 they were all busy Ukraine) are: for all countries – 0.62 for the United States – 1.5 for the UK – 0.93, Germany – 1.7; France – 4,8.
It’s very interesting. The United States in 2013 its high ambitions vampire fully preserved. Germany only began to howl at the moon. Britain also suddenly wanted to “the blood of the tyrant.” But in France rolls over antiasadovskie emotions suddenly gave way to short and understanding of the complexity of the problems.
Information Activity: British hash
The foreign media, as one would expect, continue to “tie the tap” of information about Russia in Due to the gradual disappearance of plaque sensationalism with new messages about operating with Russian armed forces in Syria. The activity of foreign media in the period c 12 to October 18, 2015 as compared to the previous period (c 5 to 11 October 2015) fell by 18% (in 1421 the material against 1737). I think that the fall would be more profound, if not newsworthy resonance associated with the report of a commission of inquiry crash Boeing-777 flight MH17 in the Donetsk region. This time, by the way, was the cause of some increase in the mean for all countries with respect to the expected index of aggressiveness.
The above-mentioned figure in the study week nevertheless significantly decreased: it was 1.3, became 0.96. We understand that alarmism today on a number of very specific and pardonable reasons more in demand than calming society lulling, but the information war against Russia over Syria as something not visible.
Information picture has stabilized, the country’s leaders were same. Slightly tightened to France by the number of publications of the United Kingdom, once again slightly reduced the activity of the US media, however, by the number of materials radical change not even in the “tail” of the rating of states.
The last time we made a promise to deal with the cause of too a lot of attention (much higher than in the US) English to Russian participation in the Syrian events. Frankly, some clearly defined reason could not be found. Still, it seems that it’s not a geopolitical reasons (especially economic) and, in some “imperial jealousy” associated with the final expulsion of the British from the Mediterranean flank of the Middle East and the Suez Canal zone. Do not forget that the Arab sheikhs much more welcome in London than our oligarchs.
Negative in British newspapers today, a little prevails, but the materials in relation to Russia is very different directions. That bloc “Russia’s participation in military operations against the IG”: “Let Russia will take over all” (The Daily Express, 18.10.2015) – a very objective and balanced; “Putin’s chief propagandist ridicules the West because of Russian air strikes in Syria” (The Times, 18.10.2015); “Fallon: Britain should join the air strikes in Syria, despite the risk of a collision with Russia” (Sky News, 18.10.2015); “Putin’s aim is clear: to restore the principles of sovereignty on the international scene” (The Independent, 17.10.2015); “The Kremlin is using Syria as a testing ground” (The Times, 17.10.2015); “Putin is deliberately aiming at our troops’: US official says that the Russian air campaign in Syria, aimed not only at the IG and killed up to 150 insurgents prepared by the CIA” (The Daily Mail, 15.10.2015).
By the way , take note of the following fact: Ukrainian media coverage of military activities of the Russian videoconferencing in Syria absolutely tolerant – nearly all publications are neutral.
The index of aggression: Who drives into a stupor?
These index the aggressiveness of the countries scintillating not name. For example, the French media show healthy statics: IA was 0.81, became 0.82. If you look at the negative publicity, it catches the eye of a deliberate banality: a political situation or another “visit the brown bear in a shopping center in the Far East “(Francetv info, 15.10.2015, France). Alarming lack of positive publications. For France, this is not typical.
It is best made by the American media. Their aggressiveness index fell from 1.6 to 10. Nevertheless, positive, alas, is almost there. But the headlines of negative articles have some romping in nature: “Putin has targeted Jews, Tatars in Crimea and Christians” (Newsweek, 16.10.2015, USA); “Putin and Khamenei in Syria: a match made in hell” (Newsweek, 16.10.2015, USA); “Vladimir Putin drives American foreign policy establishment to a screeching halt” (The Washington Post, 16.10.2015, USA). However, almost all the negative array of journalists formed just two or three books.
Performance Britain radically improved: IA was 2.4, it became 0.93. But this is clearly not a trend. It seems that the British today, “looking towards” in the US when it comes to our country.
The German mass media feat did not commit, and no surprise. There IA was 3.6, became 3.2. Today, they literally suck the negative reasons for Russia from the finger: “The war on drunkenness, Wednesday – Friday is a little” (Die Welt, 18.10.2015); “Putin’s strategy – the worst thing you can think” (Die Welt, 18.10.2015); “Absolute terrorists biography of Stalin” (Die Welt, 17.10.2015); “War as a habit; Report from eastern Ukraine” (Der Spiegel, 17.10.2015); “Goodbye, Hope, Russian environmentalist-activist went to Paris” (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 17.10.2015); “Garry Kasparov:” Putin is scheduled to appear before a military tribunal “(Deutschlandradio, 15.10.2015).
Where is the soul rests, it’s when you look at a map of keys. Such a good painting has never been. In Europe remained Of course, negativistic zone – Germany, Poland and Ukraine – but that’s to be expected. But almost all of the Middle East belongs to Russia positively, even the Saudis moved to “neutral waters”.
Lithuania on our map is small, but it must be noted that it recently holds in relation to Russia is quite adequate information policy. Here the headlines out: “Amazing figures from Moscow during the Russian bombardments in Syria attacked the 456 facilities of the Islamic State” (Balsas, 16.10.2015, Lithuania); “Putin: Russia does not intend to recreate the Empire or the Soviet Union” (Lietuvos rytas, 12.10.2015, Lithuania).
But the role of the Baltic leaders now claim Russophobia Sweden “MEP: it is time to begin the process of joining NATO . Since the beginning of 2000 Russia Putin’s regime is on a destructive path “(Norrtelje Tidning, 15.10.2015, Sweden),” Russia is responsible for MN17 “(Svenska Dagbladet, 15.10.2015, Sweden),” Russia and the US on the way to the “War by proxy “(Dagens Nyheter, 13.10.2015, Sweden); “Again, geopolitics. Putin can not lose more than Russia has already” lost “after the fall of the Soviet Union (Norra Västerbotten, 12.10.2015, Sweden).
Today, on nondescript tone map Oman again among the” positivist “. Always feel any special sympathy for this country – are our warships carrying anti-piracy watch restocking of water and fuel, and their crews can relax a bit. That’s the headlines of local newspapers: “Russia’s military intervention in Syria – a sure way to solve the Syrian crisis “(al-Watan (OM), 18.10.2015, Oman),” Supporting the Russian military campaign in Syria, Egypt defends its national interests “(al-Watan (OM), 12.10.2015, Oman, هيثم العايدي). Of course, there are negative materials, but still, for friendliness RF Oman is equivalent to Cuba.
Our selection: Chechnya as a positive factor in Russian foreign policy
The channel “Al Arabiya”
“There is no doubt that Chechnya, the republic within the Russian Federation, located in the North Caucasus, plays an important foreign policy role in the Kremlin’s strategy towards the countries of the Levant (the common name of the eastern Mediterranean, in the narrower sense – Syria, Palestine and Lebanon) and the rest of the Middle East. Alliance, so to speak, between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov in recent years has evolved into a positive factor. Kadyrov governs Chechnya with the support of the Kremlin. In turn, Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, plays an important role in relations with the Islamic countries in the interests of Moscow.
First of all, Kadyrov’s Chechnya are both political and historical reasons for the particular interest in Syria. In recent decades, the era of the Russian Empire and the beginning of the Soviet period Chechens migrated to the countries of the Levant, including Syria, and therefore integrated into the community. Some descendants of Chechen exiles, known for their military virtues, are in high positions in the armed forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the security services.
This fact is largely due to the current policy in Chechnya against Syria. Earlier in October, Kadyrov appealed to the president of Russia with a request to send Chechen divisions to participate in hostilities against the LIH in Syria, adding that his fighters have vowed to fight against terrorists to the end.
“It’s not just words, I I ask permission to go there and participate in special operations. As a Muslim, a patriot of Chechnya and Russia, I want to say that in 1999, when our country was occupied by these devils, we swore on the Koran that we will fight them wherever they are nor are “.
In addition to the Syrian problem, external security policy in Chechnya is of particular importance in Russian-Islamic plans for the settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan. This month, Kadyrov and his closest associates have used their opportunities to expand the role of Chechnya as an influential player, giving the Kremlin a few potential benefits.
So, in early October, the first vice-president of Afghanistan, Abdul Rashid Dostum, the leader of the Uzbek military forces in Afghanistan, visited Moscow and Grozny. Dostum needs a military and political support from Moscow is not only because of the threat posed by the Taliban to Kabul, but also because of the LIH militants whose presence there is almost three-quarters of the territory of Afghanistan. Most importantly, Dostum was a personal guest of Kadyrov in celebration of his birthday. The two leaders, each of which has its own extensive combat experience, discussed the problems of the fight against terrorism, particularly against LIH. Dostum said LIH trying to turn Afghanistan into a bridgehead, and that Kabul and Grozny are waging a war against international terrorism. Kadyrov also said that in order to counter this threat, Kabul needs the support of Russia, as well as Syria. This announcement is an important indication of the political skill of the Chechen leader. Kadyrov acts as a mediator of the Kremlin on the provision of funds to support Russian aircraft, weapons and military equipment “.