World View: Russia Considers Selling Arms to Iran as Snowden Gets Asylum

World View: Russia Considers Selling Arms to Iran as Snowden Gets Asylum

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Russia considers selling arms to Iran as Snowden gets asylum
  • In financial crisis, Hamas considers asking Iran for support again

Russia considers selling arms to Iran as Snowden gets asylum

On July 9, 2010, United Nations Security Council approved UNResolution 1929 imposing sanctions on Iran, including a partial armsembargo, for continued uranium enrichment. Although Russia voted forthe resolution, which was supported by then-president Dmitry Medvedev,arms dealers in Moscow were unhappy with it, because they wanted tosell arms to Iran. Now reports indicate that Russia has offered tosell Iran an improved version of the S-300VM, also known asAntey-2500–a long-range, anti-aircraft and medium-range ballisticmissile defense system, in violation of UN Resolution 1929. Thesereports come on the same day that Russia’s president Vladimir Putinthumbed his nose at the United States by granting asylum to accusedAmerican criminal Edward Snowden. Jamestown

In financial crisis, Hamas considers asking Iran for support again

The toppling if Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi has been a financialdisaster for Hamas, the governing authority of the Gaza Strip. Thesequence of events was something like this: Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhoodis historically linked to Hamas, and Morsi supported Hamas, at leasthalf-heartedly. But when a coup ousted Morsi, the Bedouins andjihadists in Sinai, on the border with both Israel and Gaza, becameactive, and have been conducting a terror campaign against Egyptiansecurity forces in Sinai. Egypt, with support from Israel, haslaunched a military campaign in Sinai to root out the jihadists. Aspart of that campaign, Egypt has shut down the smuggling tunnelsbetween Gaza and Egypt that Gazans depend on for things like food,building materials and weapons. In recent months, Hamas has beenearning some $8 million in taxes with smuggled fuel alone, and alsolevies a tax of about $5 on every ton of cement. An average of 70,000tons of cement are smuggled into Gaza every month. According to aHamas official:

“The Gaza Strip has lost around $225 million duringthe past month due to the halt of imports, namely, fuel and crudematerials for construction, such as cement, gravel andsteel.”

Just a few years ago, Hamas had plenty of money and weapons, thanks togenerous support from Iran. But that support dried up after Hamasrejected the genocidal extermination actions against innocent Arabwomen and children in Syria by the psychopathic president of Syria,Bashar al-Assad, with the support of Iran and Lebanon’s bloody Shiamilitia, Hezbollah.

Reports indicate that a totally desperate Hamas has gone back to Iranto ask for help, but Iran responded that Hamas must first revive itssupport for both the psychopathic al-Assad and the bloody Hezbollah,as they kill innocent women and children Arabs in Syria. Spiegel and Al Monitor and Debka

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