The New York Times praises the efficiency of Vladimir Putin’s military modernization on daily display over the skies of Syria. No big surprise here. The Soviet Union showed that a totalitarian state can concentrate its limited resources on the military, weak economy or not.
The Times article, however, misses the point that Putin’s modernization includes the substitution of a mercenary for a regular army, first in Ukraine and now in Syria. Societies of Mothers of Fallen Russian soldiers cannot now complain as they did for Afghanistan. Their sons made their own choices.
According to the most reliable intelligence estimates, rebel forces, more …read more
Source: European Voice