Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Russia and Syria Issue Warnings as U.S. Warships Poised to Strike

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Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

Both the United States and United Kingdom have placed military hardware near Syria in anticipation of a possible upcoming strike which is looking increasingly likely after Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements earlier Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a Western military attack on Syria would only result in more problems in the region and lead to more bloodshed, according to The Washington Post.

Lavrov also said that an attack would be the same kind of “catastrophe” as the interventions in Iraq and Libya, while a senior Syrian official said that they will defend itself against any international attack, according to CBS News.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad told the Associated Press that airstrikes or other military action would not only trigger “chaos” and would also threaten peace and security worldwide.

Currently, officials in Washington are assessing their various options for an attack which would “probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal,” according to The Washington Post.

The factors reportedly involved in the decision are:

1. The findings of a yet-to-be-completed intelligence report evaluating any culpability on the part of the Syrian government in the alleged chemical attack last week

2. Consultation with allied nations and Congress, both of which are ongoing

3. The determination of a justification for the strike under international law

In his statements, Kerry said that the UN investigation of the chemical attack isn’t informing their current statements.

Kerry noted that although the UN investigators continue to gather “additional evidence on the ground, our understanding of what has already happened in Syria is grounded in facts, informed by conscience and guided by common sense.”

“We have additional information about this attack, and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners, and we will provide that information in the days ahead,” Kerry said.

The Post summed up Kerry’s statement as “part of an escalating administration drumbeat, which is likely to include a public statement by Obama in coming days.”

CBS News speaks of the strike in Syria as a certainty.

“Any final decisions haven’t been made, but senior administration officials talk of Syria now as a place where the U.S. and its allies must exact a military price for heavy use of chemical weapons,” CBS reports.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) expects that a “response” – which most likely means a military strike – is imminent.

“I think a response is imminent. I talked last evening in the situation room and we’re building support with NATO allies,” Corker said on Monday morning.

While Russia is currently one of the greatest obstacles in the way of Western intervention and a significant Syrian ally, Saudi Arabia is attempting to make that change.

If Russia backs away from Assad, Saudi Arabia reportedly offered a secret deal “to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts,” according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Leaked transcripts of a conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan revealed a quite disturbing conversation.

Bandar allegedly promised to protect Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad government falls and also protect the Sochi Olympics if they agree to a deal.

“I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the Games are controlled by us,” Prince Bandar allegedly said.

“We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future,” he reportedly said.

If this is accurate, it is a quite amazing, though not all that surprising, statement. It remains to be seen if Russia will back away from Syria in the coming days. For now, they seem to be standing behind Assad.

Putin reportedly told British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier Monday that there is no evidence that Assad’s forces were behind the alleged chemical attack.

If Russia suddenly stops opposing Western intervention in Syria, the last real obstacle would be removed.

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Anonymous said...

Reports of Saudi attempts to bribe Mr. Putin with oil deals demonstrate why the al Sauds regime is destined to fall. Russia, an oil and gas blessed nation, is asked to sell out its credibility and strategic position for relative trifles. Worse, the al Sauds tried this desperate and cheap attempt before. Surely there must be some intelligent persons in Arabia who realize the weakness of the despotic regime and will strike while the insatiable greed of the al Sauds is focused elsewhere. Any attack by the US or Britain will guarantee the ruin of Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron. Mr. Cameron has behaved like an Israeli catamite from his assumption of office, but Mr. Obama has thus far shown great restraint in resisting Israeli pressure to attack Iran, and now demands to "attack" Syria. The Zionists missed the lesson of Hitler, who didn't understand that some territory is best relinquished for better long term prospects. What a great disgrace and shame that the first American-African president has come all this way, only to sell out to a bunch of thugs.

Anonymous said...

I look one day for Russia and China to form a military alliance to try to stop America's global hegemony. "I should welcome almost any war because i think America needs one. T. Roosevelt 1897-1898. The U.S. invaded the Philippines killing in eight years 1.2 million civilians. At a Nov. 25, 1941 meeting of FDR's War council, Secretary of War Henry Stimson's notes speak of the prevailing consensus.' The question was how we should maneuver them9the japanese0 into firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves.The U.S. invasion of Panama led to the killing of 7,500 Panamanians. One year after the Gulf war 10,000 Somalians were killed by U.S. and UN forces. Since the end of WWII U.S. forces have dropped bombs in more than 52 countries. by the end of the war in Iraq The U.S. led forces along with the U.N. killed 1.4 million civilians and over 200,000 of Saddam's Revolutionary Guard. The U.S. government's hegemony started with the Trail of Tears when gold was discovered on Cherokee land in Georgia.Over one third of these native Americans died on this force march to Oklahoma. False flags has become the method of choice for reason for our government to invade or go to war. Henry Kissinger, "America buys war like children gobble candy."

Anonymous said...

what horse shit ! do you guys know who's really behind all this facade? All this squabble over threats for a world war3 hah! illuminati are just a many a cog in the HUGE wheel of conglomerate organizations. Middle East countries are to be stripped of their Independence as so too America and every other country on this planet, and Russia well knows this! If there's any stalling by Russia in the process of a war3 started up by these mindless QUEEN ELIZABETH'S stooges pseudo American govt, and twits such as Israel, hopefully China & Russia WILL step in. ALL eyes should be LOOKING AT THE ARISTOCRACIES of Europe & the enormous DRUG-RUNNING CORPORATIONS who have got the world by the short n curlies... THEY ARE YOUR CULPRITS -->>> Committee of 300 <<<--- COMMITTEE OF 300 <<<-- and Let's begin to remove them...instead AND BLOODY LEAVE THE MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES ALONE !!!

Anonymous said...

No other single country is responsible for killing more human beings than the country that claims it's wars are to protect the civilian populations that end up dying by the 100,000's under their bombs.

Anonymous said...

All roads lead to the Zionist Cabal IAW The Protocols of Zion. Wake up.

Anonymous said...

If there is any truth to the theory of karma, the United Sates and England, are due for a significant fall.

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that Putin wasn't very taken with the Saudis' proposals and he made a derogatory statement about the rebels referring to them as "liver eaters". The Russians are on firmer ground than American warmongers in light of fact that the gas attack appears by all standards of reason a set-up and a great majority of the American public opposes any kind of attack.

It is essential that the American public continues to push back with strong criticism despite the psyop language of a U.S. attack already some kind of foregone conclusion. Public pressure can still stop and/or greatly mitigate any kind of "action" taken against Syria.

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