Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Russia warns US not to attack Syria, claiming "catastrophic consequences"

Who really did this?

No, they are not threatening us, they are pointing out that if we support the rebels, who are anything but secular and freedom loving we risk losing Syria to Islamic fundamentalism.  As much as we may want to dismiss or diminish the Russian point, it is clear that the rebels are no friends of democracy and we should heed their warning.

We will not heed the warning, as Obama has firmly planted his lips on the behind of Islam.  We will support the jihadists and when the smoke clears we will have to deal with a regime that will outperform Assad in his historic level and depth of barbarism.

Wait for it...

From Yahoo News August 27 by Stuart Williams and Anna Smolchenko

Russia warns of 'catastrophic consequences' if Syria hit

Russia on Tuesday warned a military intervention in Syria could have "catastrophic consequences" for the region and called on the international community to show "prudence" over the crisis.

"Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa," a foreign ministry spokesman said.

"We are calling on our American partners and all members of the world community to demonstrate prudence (and) strict observance of international law, especially the fundamental principles of the UN Charter," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is known for his sharp tongue, said on Twitter that "the West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade."

Earlier Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that Moscow regretted Monday's decision by the US to postpone a meeting on the Syria crisis, as Western powers mulled military action over last week's chemical attack in Syria.

The scrapping of the meeting, which was due to take place at The Hague later in the week, is the latest sign of a new peak in tensions between Moscow and the West over the possibility of military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"It arouses regret that our partners decided to cancel the bilateral meeting," Gatilov said on Twitter.

"Working out the parameters of a political solution in Syria would have been especially helpful right now, when military action is hanging over this country," Gatilov said.

In such a climate, it was especially important to work in concert to try to organise the repeatedly postponed peace conference bringing together the Damascus regime and the rebels, Lukashevich said.

"However, the United States' decision to postpone the meeting in The Hague is sending precisely the opposite signal to the opposition, encouraging their intransigence as they await outside intervention," he said.

Western countries including the United States are considering their response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Assad's regime on August 21.

This is the crux of the matter.  It is one thing to identify IF chemical weapons were used, it is quite another to show WHO used them.  It is possible that the jihadists used them on their own in order to create propaganda against Assad, and if it is possible then it is folly to plunge ahead with a military attack without considering that possibility.  Also it is vital to remember that Muhammad said "War is deceit"

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