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SYRIAN SEASON ON RUSSIAN TV: A CRITIC’S VIEW

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In terms of its dramatic effect, how does the Syrian season of the Russian TV news soap opera compare to the Ukrainian season?

The Middle East setting is way more spectacular. Just think of it – desert sun, ancient ruins, people in exotic outfits. Also, planes are infinitely cooler than tanks or artillery. Besides, judging by Russian news reports, they always hit some mysterious facilities, which seem uninhabited, because no one is talking about casualties.

There is less confusion with Syria. While in the case of Ukraine one could recall a colleague from Cherkassy or distant relatives in Odessa, who suddenly stopped sending birthday cards, Syrians come across as strange (and dangerous) aliens who populate TV screens, but not the real world as it is observed from Tambov or Ulyanovsk.

The new goods guys, pilots, are a totally different league in terms of manners and intelligence than the gangster-ish field commanders in Donbass. Terrorists work better than Ukrainian “fascists” as the bad guys – the whole world hates them, so there is no question of Russia being isolated on the issue. The fact that Russia is bombing non-ISIS groups is not something that will worry Russian viewers. Really, who cares about different shades of Jihadism?

Finally, Syria is the place where the evil force behind all of the world’s misfortunes – one might call it West or simply America – has once again bred a Frankenstein which is now threatening its own creator. Same way as it did with Afghan mujaheddins, who transformed into Taliban and caused 9/11. Now the Russian Jedis can sort the whole thing out and shame the reckless American devils.

Or not. But who in Russia cares what happens to Syria at the end of the day? Besides, if the Russian intervention leads to a greater trouble, it’s always possible to withdraw and blame everything on America.

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Written by fullofbias

October 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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