A 30-foot flag featuring President Barack Obama was raised to the top floor of a building across from the U.S. Embassy. In blood red letters, the word “KILLER” is stamped beneath the face of the president.
Activists from a pro-Russian art organization hung a banner of US President Barak Obama on a building opposite the US embassy in Moscow. The banner parodies one from Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign that had the word “hope” on it. The activists were protesting “US interventions into other countries,” particularly slamming Obama’s decision to deploy more troops to Syria.
The evening before that, a laser display projected “Obama Killer #1” onto the U.S. Embassy itself.
— Иван Петровский (@IvanPet91) January 27, 2016
The Observer reported that the party responsible for such anti-American productions is the Moscow-based “Glavplakat” art society, who issued a statement saying the banner was in response to the “U.S. Government’s plans to invade the territory of yet another sovereign state.”
“The word ‘killer’ defines the 44th U.S. President, and is given to him because of his decision to send the infamous 101st Airborne Division into the Syrian conflict,” states Glavplakat. “Let’s keep in mind that this division carried out practically every U.S. military invasion in the last decade.”
The move to send the 101st Airborne Division to Syria and Iraq was announced by U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, on January 25.
“The primary objective of the mission, estimated to involve about 1,800 US troops, will be to force ISIS out of their two power centers in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria,” Mr. Carter explained. “We need to destroy them [the terrorists] and I’d like to get on with that as soon as possible.”
Also known as “The Screaming Eagles,” the 101st Airborne Division is armed with 300 helicopters, including three battalions of ‘Apache Attack’ Boeing AH-64s. The decision to employ The Screaming Eagles only adds fuel to the fire that burns between Moscow and Washington—leading Russia’s Foreign Minister to announce at a press conference yesterday that, “there will be no business as usual between Russia and the West.”