World View: Russia Considers Putting Troops on Israel-Syria Border

World View: Russia Considers Putting Troops on Israel-Syria Border

This morning’s key headlines from

  • After years of hesitation, U.S. discussing arming Syria’s rebels
  • Sunni Arab anger grows over Hezbollah’s support for al-Assad
  • Russia considers putting troops on Israel-Syria border

After years of hesitation, U.S. discussing arming Syria’s rebels

14-year-old boy who was beaten and then shot dead by Islamist rebels in Aleppo (ABC News)
14-year-old boy who was beaten and then shot dead by Islamist rebels in Aleppo (ABC News)

Because of the recent military successes of the army of the regime ofSyria’s president Bashar al-Assad, aided by thousands of fighters fromLebanon’s Hezbollah terror militia and possibly also by RevolutionaryGuards from Iran, the Obama administration is beginning a discussionon providing lethal weapons to rebel forces. The weapons would onlygo to “vetted, moderate” rebel units, to prevent al-Qaeda linkedgroups to end up with the weapons. This would essentially pit theUnited States alongside regional allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatarin a proxy war against Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. AP

Sunni Arab anger grows over Hezbollah’s support for al-Assad

A political realignment has been taking place in the Mideast, thanksto the actions of Syria’s psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad’smass slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians inSyria. However, the recent major announcement by Hezbollahsecretary-general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah would be openly fightingalongside al-Assad’s forces against the rebels has served to deepenand hasten the realignment.

Since 1948, Mideast politics has largely been motivated by the(Israel) is my friend.” Probably the strangest manifestation has beenthe close alignment of Sunni Muslim Hamas with three Shia Muslimentities, Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Iran,with additional support from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other SunniMuslim countries. However, al-Assad’s torture, mutilation andslaughter of peacefully protesting Sunni Muslim Arabs in Syria hastorn apart those alliances, and re-formed them along sectarian lines.An early sign was last year’s announcement by Hamas that it wasclosing its headquarters office in Damascus, Syria, and moving it toDoha, Qatar.

But Nasrallah’s recent announcement has sparked a wave of enragedsectarian criticism of Hezbollah in the Sunni Arab world, with themedia saying that Hezbollah is a murderous and hostile organizationeven more dangerous than al-Qaeda. Other articles argued that theorganization had forfeited its legitimacy and that it was draggingboth Lebanon and the region into sectarian war, as part of anIranian-Russian plan to gain control of the region. According to aleading Saudi government daily:

“[Hezbollah] is continuing alone on its suicidal path,despite the objection of the parties, sects and the people inLebanon. Had it not been for this organization, a sectarianconflict would not have erupted in Tripoli, scores of people wouldnot have been killed, and missiles would not have fallen yesterdayon one of Beirut’s suburbs. One should remember that thisorganization is the regional arm of forces that are larger thanit.”

In Egypt, the responses were fewer and more moderate apparentlybecause the Egyptian regime seeks to position itself as a broker inthe Syrian crisis. Memri

Russia considers putting troops on Israel-Syria border

Russia is considering putting Russian troops into the Golan Heights onthe Israel-Syria border as peacekeepers. Russia made the suggestionlast week after the Austrians announced that they would pull theirtroops out of the U.N. peacekeeping force, but the U.N. rejected thesuggested because of a 1974 agreement between Syria and Israel that nopermanent members of the U.N. Security Council could serve there aspeacekeepers. But the Russians have decided to push ahead anyway, toprovide “peace and stability.” According to Aleksey Pushkov, Russia’stop foreign policy MP,

“The issue has not been yet solved, it is beingconsidered. We must take some real action because we cannotexclude that the Syrian-Israeli topic would be involved inlarge-scale military action. …

Assad could be replaced by radical Islamists in comparison withwhom Assad would seem an angel from heaven. The people who are nowoffering friendship to Israel would not necessarily see Israel astheir partner when they come to power, rather they would see it asan enemy.”

According to press reports, Israel has replied to the Russianoffer, but has not disclosed whether it supports or opposesit. Since Russia is supporting the al-Assad regime, the implicationof these statements is that Israel and Russia would be supportingthe al-Assad regime against the rebels.

As I’ve been writing for many years, from the point of view ofGenerational Dynamics, the approaching Clash of Civilizations worldwar will pit China + Pakistan + the Sunni Muslim countries versus theU.S. + India + Russia + Iran + Israel. This new development appearsto be a step in that direction. Russia Today and Ria Novosti

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, Iran,Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah, Lebanon, al-Qaeda,Israel, Hamas, Egypt, Russia, United Nations,Aleksey Pushkov, Clash of Civilizations world war
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