Well, it's really a matter of your concept of objectivity and a balanced view.
Obviously very different from yours?
I merely point out that you seem to dismiss the Amnesty International report out of hand on the basis that........... well, I'm not really sure. On the basis that it doesn't fit in with your personal view of the situation?
You have a way of distorting everything. I didn’t dismiss ...... I questioned, as have many others. If I express a personal view I say so ........
On the other hand you accept and vociferously promote the mere opinion of one man, who was the Ambassador to Syria over a decade ago and has had a somewhat questionable record since, as being gospel. Have I got it wrong? His view appears to be similar to LBJ's "He's (Assad) a bastard but at least he's our bastard".
‘accept and vociferously promote ‘... as I say you have a unique way of distorting fact. ‘being gospel’ note preceding comment. 'mere opinion' same ....... merely adds impact to your opinion! Maybe you should get your eyes rechecked because you have a very one sided view of others posts.
Your regarding Amnesty International's report as "allegations" whilst accepting one man's opinion as "Informed" suggests something a bit less than objectivity. Don't you agree?
They are allegations because they are unverified. I realise verification is not something you pay much store by but he is ‘informed’ and it was stated simply as an opinion with points that were rational.
On what basis does Mr Ford form his opinion? Experience of 10 years ago? On what basis does he dismiss Amnesty International's report? It looks mostly in the vein of "It seems odd". Most of his opinions seem to emanate from the likes of Sputnik, which is a Russian State controlled broadcast outlet of course. IIRC, you earlier poured scorn on the number of people Amnesty International have interviewed; however, it seems to me that you unquestionably accept Mr Ford's sole, speculative view. Isn't that all a bit less than objective? Questions, questions.
He questions the report! Does your previous experience of military stop you using it because it was all some 20+ years since you had any involvement? NO! The report was platformed by Sputnik .... they did not write it! Did you see this mentioned in the MSM? NO! Would you not ‘pour scorn’ on a report where a conclusion was made from just 84 interviews with unnamed people about whom you know nothing, except what they tell you without verification and the author had never even visited the country, let alone the location ? NO! ‘Unquestionably accept' .... did I .... where? I posted it merely as a considered view of someone with credibility, another view, unfortunately opinions that agree with the AI report are as rare as hobby horse sh*t!
As an aside. You frequently talk about the righteousness of Russia's being invited into Syria by the government as the justification and legal foundation for their activities (which you clearly admire). However, in the past you have poured scorn on the USA's record in Vietnam and lauded the North Vietnamese war as being justified. Isn't that somewhat hypocritical with regard to your views of the situation in Syria? Just sayin'
I admire a country and a leadership that complies with International Law and Conventions. A country whose declares themselves ‘exceptional and indispensable’ i.e. set themselves above the rest, does not deserve the same consideration.
Vietnam? ..... "....it will all be over by Christmas" ...... wasn’t that the attitude? The US killed three million in Vietnam alone, without considering those they killed and are still killing, in Laos and Cambodia. They lost 75,000 of their own and then turned their backs on the vets when they returned. But of course you admire the US Administrations without question .... whatever they did!.
Are you not being hypocritical when you condemn Assad for defending his country against a foreign inspired insurgency to topple an elected government. It's OK for the US to have its coalition and allies, but the same does not apply to Syria and Russia? Basically .... whatever you do, no matter the consequences to other Nations, no matter how many people you kill, you are always the good guys no matter what the records show.
I'll leave you and Paphitis to sort it out!