…by Jonas E. Alexis
The Jerusalem Post has recognized that Vladimir Putin was the man of the year. On December 14, journalist, writers, reporters, and people of various stripes—1,600 of them—asked Putin questions after questions for three hours. Can you think of any US president doing the same thing?
Keep in mind that Putin doesn’t dodge questions. He is focused, and he always try to build his answers on the moral and political order, which British and American representatives despise.
Remember how he destroyed people like Megyn Kelly, Fareed Zakaria, Charlie Rose, BBC journalist John Simpson, among others? Putin gets his audience’s attention because he always tries to get to the central issues, particularly when it comes to examining the worldview that comes to dominate US foreign policy. The Jerusalem Post says:
“Putin’s tour of the Middle East caps a year of change in the region that has seen Islamic State almost completely defeated in Iraq and Syria, and the hopes of the Arab Spring and the one-time powerful US neo-conservative agenda of democratization fade.”
Two things to highlight here: ISIS is defeated in Syria, and the Neoconservative ideology in the region is waning precisely because Russia didn’t allow the Neocons to have their cake and it too.
That’s one reason why the Neoconservative flagship, the Weekly Standard, reluctantly admitted in 2015 that “Putin is the new sheriff in town.” Even Israel, according to the New York Times itself, “knows that Putin is the Middle East’s new sheriff.”
The Jerusalem Post astonishingly admits that Saudi Arabia’s “Wahhabi ideology had influenced many extremist groups in the 20th century,” but the same Post didn’t explain to its readers why both Israel and the United States have been supporting Saudi Arabia since the beginning of time.
Saudi Arabia has been using the same ideology to liquidate Yemeni men, women and children for years, but both the United States and Israel would like to tell the world that Iran—the very country that has been fighting terrorist cells in Syria—is the new Hitler in town.
Do you now see why the New World Order doesn’t really make sense? Do you now see that this worldview is essentially diabolical and is therefore against the very fabric of moral and political order? Do you now see why it was easy for Putin to win 2017?
This is not a matter of “worshiping” Putin or supporting everything he ever did; it is a matter of putting some order in this chaotic and diabolical world. And whether you are for or against Putin, the fact on the table now is undisputable: The Neocons lost the Syrian war; Syrians are happier than before; Israel is mad and sad; and the New World Order fears Vladimir Putin and Russia. Even Newsweek and Forbes, of all places, have reluctantly and incoherently conceded this fact. Listen to Forbes very carefully here:
“After six and a half years of war, al Assad’s enemies are scurrying back to him. Insurgents with the combined backing of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and lesser powers failed to dislodge him.
“Nothing succeeds like success, and al Assad’s tenacity has forced his enemies to recognize that he is not going away. Washington has stopped demanding regime change, as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did.
“CIA Director Mike Pompeo telephoned al Assad’s military intelligence chief, Ali Mamlouk, last January to ask for help in finding missing American journalist Austin Tice but also to obtain information on al Assad’s jihadist enemies who might threaten the United States.
“The British have sent diplomatic feelers to Damascus, and European states that withdrew their ambassadors in 2012 are sending them on regular missions to the Syrian capital.
“‘No one is able to say, ‘Sorry, I was wrong,’ explained a Western source close to secret discussions between al Assad and the West. ‘French diplomats ask me how to get out of this.’ The Egyptians, who initially supported the rebellion against the Syrian president, now support him.
“The Iraqis, America’s allies in the war against the Islamic State, have sent him military aid. Even neighboring Jordan, which permitted the CIA to train Syrian insurgents on its territory, says relations with its occasional adversary are ‘likely to take a positive turn.’”
As Salon itself has declared, this is something to celebrate, as 2017 is ending. VT writers and editors have worked very hard over the years to expose the Israeli regime and the US empire behind the Syrian war. Thanks to all. Let’s give the regime and empire a hard time in 2018.
-  Seth J. Frantzman, “How 2017 became the year of Putin,” Jerusalem Post, December 30, 2017.
-  Lee Smith, “Putin Is the New Sheriff in Town,” Weekly Standard, October 6, 2015.
-  Shmuel Rosner, “Israel Knows That Putin Is the Middle East’s New Sheriff,” NY Times, October 17, 2016.
-  Frantzman, “How 2017 became the year of Putin,” Jerusalem Post, December 30, 2017.
-  Tom O’Connor, “How the U.S. Lost the War in Syria to Russia and Iran,” Newsweek, October 11, 2017; Charles Glass, “The Syrian Civil War Is Decided,” Forbes, October 26, 2017.
-  Glass, “The Syrian Civil War Is Decided,” Forbes, October 26, 2017.
-  Patrick Lawrence, “American policy totally failed in Syria — let’s be thankful,” Salon, November 26, 2017.