For today’s post, I had two good candidates, this one and this one, both from the Russian newspaper VZGLIAD. I only have time to write one post, and I couldn’t decide which one to do. So, in the end, I decided to combine both stories into one.
We start with French “philosopher” Andre Glucksmann, who died yesterday at the age of 78. Glucksmann is known as the “Father of Modern Russophobia”.
Like many pro-imperialist neo-cons, Glucksmann started off as a lefty. Born into a Polish Jewish family who experienced oppression under the pro-Nazi government of France, Glucksmann early on became involved in the French Communist Party. One thing led to another, Stalinism led to Maoism, next Glucksmann was a boisterous participant in the French student revolts in 1968. The Maoists were particularly revolting, and Glucksmann soon came to the attention of
Nihist Existentialist Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
And then everything changed, when Glucksmann read a work of
literary fiction historical analysis, namely Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. The revelation that the Stalinist Utopia employed a vast prison system, which often infringed on human rights, so shocked Glucksmann to the core of his soul, that overnight he became a virulent anti-Communist.
One thing led to another, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Glucksmann’s dislike of Russia, if anything, increased. He ended up supporting any group anywhere in the world which wanted to harm Russia; this included Chechen jihadis, Ukrainian fascists, and NATO, it goes without saying. (Glucksmann is the father-in-law of Eka Zguladze, one of the Gruzian carpet-baggers who were brought into the post-junta Ukrainian government.)
Glucksmann always took sides, and he always supported any “just war” that NATO or the U.S. could devise: He took NATO’s side against Yugoslavia in the 1990’s, and in fact helped formulate French public opinion against Serbia. He took America’s side against Iraq in 2003. He supported Gruzia against Ossetia in 2008. He cheered on NATO’s wars against Afghanistan and Libya. He cheered on the Syrian “Oppositionists” who later evolved into ISIS and “Islamic State”.
Which brings us to the latest news about Syria.
Krutikov Is Happy
VZGLIAD war correspondent, Evgeny Krutikov, is finally feeling less grouchy, at the progress of the war. If you recall, Krutikov has been quite critical of the Syrian army and its lack of what he considered a strategic initiative, in its war against ISIS.
But all of that changed recently, for the better. In the past couple of days, the Syrian army has won a series of strategic-level victories. Including breaking the ISIS 2-year blockade of the strategic Kweiris airbase. A success that was so important that even the British media had to report on it. As the Telegraph piece notes:
The recapture of the airbase marks the first major victory of this campaign, and banishes the looming spectre of a massacre. Isil had taunted personnel there with threats of slaughter, sending leaflets to remind them of the fate of hundreds of soldiers executed when the extremist group overran another air base, Taqba in Raqqa province, last year.
While the Telegraph quickly consoled itself, by mentioning a terrorist explosion in Latakia which took the lives of at least 23 people, Krutikov, in his piece, places more emphasis on the strategic success of the Kweiris operation. It places the Syrian army in a position where they can entrap ISIS forces in a cauldron near Aleppo.
Nonetheless, Krutikov warns not to be too jubilant or too quick in declaring victory: There is still a long, hard slog to go.
Either way, Glucksmann will not be around to see the result, or to find out in the end, if his favored side (=ISIS) won or lost. Instead, he sits now in his friend Sartre’s perennial “Huis Clos” purgatory. Probably trapped in the same room, alongside a Maoist, a Chechen, a Banderite, a Russian, a Serb, and, oh yeah, these guys, the highly untalented and quite dead “artists” of Charlie Hebdo:
I wish they had a webcam in Purgatory, so’s we could watch them, with their poignant and amusing interactions, ’cause IT’S SO FUNNY!