EXCEPT WITH RUSSIA-USA ROLES REVERSED
Nearly 56 years ago, the world was teeter-tottering on the brink of war between the Soviet Union and the United States. The events of October 1962 became known as the Cuba Missile Crisis. In the end, common sense and self-preservation prevailed. And the two superpowers stepped back from the brink of war.
Now the world is facing a similar crisis in Syria. Except that the roles are reversed. Now the US is threatening to strike Syria with its missiles. And Russia is promising to shoot them down and then target the source – the US fleet in the Mediterranean,
What brought that about now that ISIS has been virtually defeated in Syria?
The threat of peace. That’s what has caused all these bellicose actions by the warmongers in the US and Israel.
Two week ago (on March 29), Donald Trump said the US military should get ready to pull out of Syria.
“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now,” Trump said at an Ohio public event. “We are going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.”
And those words sent the war hawks into apoplexy, especially in Israel which has been using the US military and money as a shield against its enemies in the Middle East.
Predictably, there was an alleged “chemical attack” which the lamestream media immediately attributed to the Syrian government. And Trump just as quickly folded his peace rhetoric, and tail between his legs became once again the herald of perpetual wars on behalf of Israel.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!”, Trump tweeted today. “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
Wow. Talk about a turn-about-face executed with a military precision by a man who has never served in the military, but one with lots of experience in brown-nosing Benjamin Netanyahu and his war hawks.
Meanwhile, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has once again appealed for peace and common sense.
The state of world affairs invokes nothing but concerns, the situation in the world is becoming more chaotic,” Putin said today during a Moscow ceremony to welcome new ambassadors to Russia (see https://on.rt.com/9317). “Nevertheless, we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail and international relations will enter a constructive course, the entire world system will become more stable and predictable.”
Well, that’s not exactly what some other Russian officials have said. Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said that any US missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, a step which could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war.
Alexander Zasypkin, in comments broadcast on Tuesday evening, said he was referring to a statement by Russian president Vladimir Putin and the Russian chief-of-staff.
“If there is a strike by the Americans then… the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” he told Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV (see https://goo.gl/r3bz4B).
So there you have it. Things are heating up again in Syria not because the ISIS or some other alleged terrorists are threatening the peace process. Warmongers are at it again because Trump said the US would pull out of Syria and “would let other people (like Israel) take care of it now.”
Suddenly, there has been a re-escalation of war in Syria, followed by another Trump flip-flop. Who do you suppose is responsible for that?
UPDATE APRIL 14, 2018
PUTIN: TALK IS CHEAP, ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
Russian president is a fool if he thinks he can deal with the US in a court of law
Might is right – that’s the only response global terrorists understand
Russian president and his officials talked tough in advance of the US-UK-France missile strikes on Syria in the predawn hours today (Apr 14, 2018).
Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, for example, said on April 11 hat any US missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, a step which could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war (see LIKE CUBA, LIKE SYRIA?, Apr 11).
Well, that did not happen, did it? The tripartite US-led coalition fired 103 missiles supposedly at Syrian chemical weapons facilities. And there was not a peep from the Russian air defenses in that country.
Instead, Putin lamely responded in a statement that the US and its allies violated the UN Charter and international law.
Whoopee do! Really? That’s what the Russian president expects Washington to obey Spoken like a modern-day Neville Chamberlain.
When did the international law ever stop global state terrorists, or imperialists, from pursuing their goals? How did it work for Chamberlain against Hitler?
When the push came to shove, the Russian president blinked. Just like Khrushchev did in 1962.
Just as Putin did when the US installed an anti-Russian regime in Ukraine in Feb 2014. And after the mass murder of the nearly 300 civilians on flight MH17 in July 2014. Which America (e.g., Hillary Clinton) immediately blamed on Russia (again without any proof, like the alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria),
Proof? Only fools look for that. Statesmen act to protect their countries’ interests.
PUTIN: ALL BLUSTER, NO MUSTER
So what are we to conclude from this?
I tell you what: Putin is all bluster and no muster. A wuss. Yet seen as a hero in his country, recently reelected with a huge majority.
Which goes to show us that the American people are not the only naive fools in the world.
Words are cheap; action speaks louder than words. “Speak softly and carry a big stick” (Theodore Roosevelt).
All these truisms have been lost on the Russian president. What’s he going to do with his legal argument about the US breaking international law. Sue the Pentagon? Sue Trump? Sue Netanyahu?
Back in 2014, I wrote a Truth in Media editorial “Is Putin Naive or Coy?” Now I can answer that question with certainty: He is a fool if he thinks he can deal with the belligerents like the US, Israel, UK or France in a court of law.
Even the former Trump supporters in the US are making minced meat of our bozo at the White House and his shameful turn-about-face on Syria pullout (see the “Conservative pundits are hammering Trump for US-led strikes in Syria”).
Like Yeltsin, Like Putin
More and more, Putin is sounding like Boris Yeltsin, who similarly sold out the Serbs in the 1990s during the US-initiated wars which dismembered Yugoslavia, and brought NATO into the Balkans.
Putin even alluded to that today:
“History will set things straight on Syria for the US, which is already responsible for a chain of “bloody carnage” in other countries, Russian President Putin said today, following the US-led attack on Syria.
And how did the history lesson work out in Yugoslavia? The country no longer exists. That’s how.
I fear the only country the “free world” may be able to count on to free us from the slavery to the Israel-controlled New World Order is China. Ironically, that’s a communist country. So I would not put much weight behind the words of the Chinese president, either.
“Birds of a feather flock together.”
Sad but true.
Basically, we are screwed. For now. Unless some other leader with cojones bigger than Netanyahu’s emerges. That’s the bottom line.