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Posted by Steve White 2012-06-18 14:50||
#8 * FREEREPUBLIC this AM > [Itar-Tass = Russia]BLACK SEA FLEET SHIPS READY TO GO TO SYRIA - GENERAL STAFF.
* SAME > IRAN, RUSSIA, CHINA, + SYRIA TO LAUNCH BIGGEST JOINT WARGAME IN MIDDLE EAST.
* TOPIX > RUSSIA: WE WILL NOT SUPPORT ANY FOREIGN FORCE INTERVENTION IN SYRIA.
I'm interpreting the above Artic as Russia saying it will not support any US-led or non-US led, "Libyuh/Gaddafi-style"?, UN Coalition = "Coalition of the Willing" agz Assad.
On a separate note, I don't see Russia giving up its Med base at Tartarus under any conditions, Assad or post-Assad.
'Tis a serious "Catch-22" for Russia - the anti-Assad Syrian rebels are supported by the Radical Islam whom also directly or indirectly support the Caucasus jihadis-insurgents. Russia also has an interest in protecting its Caucasus security [strategic flank(s)] by making sure neither Iran nor Turkey, etc. achieve their ambitions of regional + trans-regional ethnic reunification vee the former Soviet -Stans. OUTSIDE OF RECOVERING THE GOLAN HEIGHTS VEE ISRAEL, SYRIA MAY BE IRAN'S ALLY BUT HAS NEVER DISPLAYED THE EXPANSIONIST ZEAL OF IRAN. RUSSIA DOES NOT WANT ANY "ASSAD/SYRIA DOMINO" TO EXTEND TO THE CAUCASUS + CENTRAL ASIA.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-06-18 20:10||
#9 RUSSIA = CHINA in SCS + Taiwan = "front-line" of Russia's geopolitical security + desired future "manifest destiny" under alleged
"proxy/surrogate" US-Western threat, i.e. US-NATO, UNO support for anti-Assad, pro-Islamist Syrian rebels.
A situation which is NOT helped by allegations by the Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem that the SYRIAN REBELS ARE USING CHRISTIANS AS "HUMAN SHIELDS" AGZ ASSAD'S SECURITY FORCES.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-06-18 20:19||
#10 Clearing out Tartus.
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2012-06-18 21:03||
#11 ION GLOBAL NATION > MCCAIN URGES US-LED AIR WAR ON SYRIA.
* TOPIX > MCCAIN: GROUND TROOPS NEEDED IN SYRIA.
* SAME > REPORT: US-BACKED REBELS COMMITTING CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE IN SYRIA.
Arise, "Red-Star" Turbans, arise ...
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-06-18 23:24||