Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Russian Warships Launch Missile Attack On Syrian Targets........Clearing Way For Ground Invasion


Russian Warships Launch Missile Attack On Syrian Targets, Clearing Way For Ground Invasion

In case it wasn't clear enough what was set to happen soon after the Russian air force had spent a few days softening up anti-regime positions on the ground, allow us to spell it out: with the opposition on the run thanks to five days of aerial bombardment, Iran will now send in the Hezbollah/Shiite militia/Quds clean up crew, who will personally ensure that whoever is left in the wake of the Su-34 strikes is swiftly eliminated at close range.

The Western hypocrisy and outright panic is accelerating, as Washington is simply bewildered about what to do next in Syria. Meanwhile, the Russian military has, in the space of a week, cleared the way for an Iranian gound invasion on behalf of Assad. Once that's finished, the entire campaign will shift to Iraq, where the US will either need to confront Russia or simply pack up and leave.


The US, NATO and Israel cannot allow a major Russian presence in The Levant.

French President Fran├žois Hollande calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

An important  line in the sand will be drawn in Syria that will have long lasting and very important consequences.

Russia's military actions could expand the war in the country to levels which would be unacceptable to NATO and especially Turkey and the United States, escalating the conflict.

Russian troops anywhere near Israel is inviting Israel to attack those forces. A Russian counterattack will invite an almost certain US response.

Russia's presence in The Levant threatens its own restive Muslim regions. If Russia starts a brutal conflict in Syria or worsens what is already occurring, it risks setting off Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan. The few gains made in supporting al-Assad in Syria won't be able to offset the cycle of bloodshed at home

Russia's intervention has marked Bashir Assad for death - Regardless if Russia helps what is remaining of the Syrian military regain traction, they are there to support Assad and the rebels now know that they have to kill him to make certain that even if the government "wins" , Assad won't be part of the peace process.

The Assad government has also enjoyed the support of Lebanon's Shia Islamist Hezbollah movement, whose fighters have provided important battlefield support since 2013. Another destabilizing element going forward.

The Sunni-dominated opposition has, meanwhile, attracted varying degrees of support from its main backers - Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Arab states along with the US, UK and France. You can clearly see the lines for WW3 being drawn.

Almost 4 million people have fled Syria since the start of the conflict, most of them women and children. It is one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history. These refugees will have a destabilizing effect on much of Europe. A further 7.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced within the country, bringing the total number forced to flee their homes to more than 11 million - half the country's pre-crisis population. Four in every five Syrians were now living in poverty - 30% of them in abject poverty. Syria's education, health and social welfare systems are also in a state of collapse. Stability won't return to this country for decades to come.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Russia's entry into the conflict in Syria has escalated the crisis, and that Moscow has described its warplane's violation of Turkey's airspace as a "mistake." A Russian aircraft entered Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, prompting Ankara to scramble two F-16 jets to intercept it and summon Moscow's ambassador in protest, the foreign ministry said. Speaking in a live interview Davutoglu also said that Turkey's rules of engagement were clear, whoever violates its airspace. President Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Russia's air strikes in Syria, launched last week, as a "grave mistake." "Russia's incursion into Turkish airspace is reckless and worrying. UK, and its other NATO allies, stand shoulder to shoulder with Turkey," British ambassador Richard Moore said.

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