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Over the past year I've virtually given up on any analysis of international affairs.
I'm not proud of this, it's just that not only is it time consuming and difficult to find any nuance in the reporting, but after a while all stories seem to conform to the same basic pattern of: wealthy and heavily militarised nation(s) intervenes in country X out of pure self-interest. This is invariably a catastrophe for the people who live there. Whatever atrocities were already being carried out there escalate. Then it's up to you, the reader, to sort through the incredible mass of propaganda and disinformation attempting to justify and rationalise whatever means those nations used to protect their interests in the region.
What's worse is there are no limits on the means used to garner support for whatever military action is taking place. Making sense of the imagery alone is enough to make you lose part of your humanity. And that's not even touching upon the froth this generates, both from mainstream and social media. I recall seeing a tweet from some minor celebrity recently, simply asking, "Is there anything we can do for Aleppo? Anyone?" as though the situation can be solved with a quick whiparound, or holding a fucking raffle.
And then there's this tit like the OP on the opposite end of the spectrum. I broadly agree with the position of 'hands off Syria', but they've decided to add their best wake up sheeple music ripped from 24 and discuss the minutiae of something that should be very easily understood: powerful nations are going to rationalise backing their horse regardless of how the lines blur, or how many atrocities are committed, by whatever faction, because we know that if a conflict is long and brutal enough people of any affiliation will do increasingly debased things.
The point I'm blundering toward here is that there is no 'red pill', that this pattern becomes increasingly visible the more you study this topic. Characterising this as a sudden shift in perspective, particularly one brought about by moody YouTube videos, makes learning about international affairs sound conspiratorial.