Left-wing academic calls Russian airliner tragedy “blowback”


The Sinai Peninsula, home to an insurgency, and militant groups linked to the Islamic State. By Kaidor [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A left-wing academic has spoken to The XYZ regarding last night’s tragedy involving the crashing of a Russian airliner, in which over 220 people have been killed, describing it as ‘blowback’ over Russia’s ‘imperialist war of aggression in the Middle East.’  The academic has not waited for the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the disaster to be verified, instead wasting no time in fitting this comfortably into his ideological framework:

‘We understand that any time a Western country intervenes in the affairs of the Middle East, it is for oil.’

(The international left has been unrelenting in its strident opposition to what it views as Russia’s policy of ‘blood for oil,’ with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators protesting in dozens of universities and city centres around the world in recent weeks.)

The left wing academic told The XYZ that ‘given Russia is a democracy, given that Putin received over 60% of the popular vote at the last election, and most of the people on board the downed jet were Russian, one can assume that at least half of the people on board supported Putin’s policy of genocidal violence against the people of the Middle East.  Therefore, the jet was a legitimate military target.’

He continued, ‘We also know that standing up to terrorism only creates more terrorism.  Russia should respond to the murder of its citizens by opening a dialogue with ISIS.  It is only once we start to talk with, and talk to, ISIL, rather than talking about IS, that we can finally reverse the mindless demonisation of Daesh that exists in our racist mainstream media.’

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David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.