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Wednesday, January 12, 2005



Russia fueling war games (arming Syria)


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Initial response to this news was, "Is Russia trying to start a war?" After deeper thought it seems that Russia may be trying to create "allies" in the middle east. Either way it is getting Israel's attention and quite possibly the U.S.



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Russia may supply Syria with an array of missiles that would place most Israeli cities, as well as civilian aircraft, within firing-range, according to a report today in a Russian newspaper.


Common sense dictates that such measures would not be profitable in the Middle East. Either Russia is setting up a confrontation between two major powers in the region (well, maybe semi-major for Syria) in order to regain entrance as a "major" power in the Middle East or they are totally oblivious to what is happening. Giving the Syrians the capabilities to hit Israel is only asking for another conflict, as the US is already engaged in Iraq and potentially Iran. But Israel is not letting this go quietly as they plan on calling on their "big brother" across the Atlantic for help. Jerusalem Post has more.
The US came out publicly on Wednesday against the sale and said Washington would consider sanctions against Russia if it went ahead with the deal. "We've seen the reports of the sale. US policy on this is very clear. We're against the sale of weaponry to Syria, against the sale of lethal military equipment to Syria, which is a state sponsor of terrorism. We think those kinds of sales are not appropriate. The Russians know about this policy.

Sources in Washington familiar with the discussions said Israel had raised the planned sale with American officials and expressed concern about it. It was not clear, however, when the matter was discussed or at what level. A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Washington, David Segal, said, "The reports [of the sale] are disturbing and of concern. We raise issues that have a strategic significance with the administration on an ongoing basis."

It shall be interesting to see how Russia, especially Putin responds to this. Despite his rage about Israel helping the "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine (Israel sent them money) he will no doubt have very few excuses for explaining this to Washington. And that's a wrap! Selah!




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