RUSSIA - WITH MALICE
RUSSIAN NUCLEAR NAVY AT SYRIAN PORT - RUSSIAN ARMS TO SYRIA, HEZB'ALLAH & IRANby Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East Analyst & Commentator
The Media are offering up their wisdom about how Russia could undermine the U.S. and the rest of the Free West by selling arms to rogue nations.
Gee Whiz! I must be a genius or a Nostradamus because I have been observing Vladimir Putin selling arms for years to Iran, Syria, Venezuela...from which those weapons migrate to Hezb'Allah, Hamas and Al Qaeda.
The Media, globally, take the position that Putin will deliberately cause mischief against the U.S. - as if the last several years never happened. Russia under Putin, with malice aforethought, has advanced Iran's development of nuclear weapons, denials notwithstanding.
Putin knew well that the technology, once in the hands of radical Islamists, would spread to all other Muslim nations and their Terrorist proxies. Putin's hatred for the West is greater than the risk Russia faces if and when the Muslims of Chechnya get their hands on fissile material and try to blow up Moscow.
From the Stalin era and before, the Soviets - now again called Russians - have always been a primitive people who seem to need the rule of cruel dictators to keep the great population under control. The dictators themselves are usually a wild bunch, always planning to conquer, murder and rule, whomever they can intimidate.
Putin never actually left the KGB and now, as the power behind Putin's puppet, the current President Dmitry Antolyevich Medvedev, Putin wishes to bring back the years of fear that prevailed during the Cold War. During the Soviet days there were KGB and other training camps dedicated to training Terrorists like Carlos, the Jackal. Training Middle East Muslim Terrorists was the KGB speciality.
Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) took his degree from the Patrice Lumumba University, with his thesis dissertation in why the Holocaust never happened. Abbas, like Yassir Arafat was linked to the Soviets enterprise by an umbilical cord of pure Terror.
Where were the Media pundits who have access to vast files on every bit of history but seem to never crack a reference book? It is said that "Dumb is curable, but Stupid is forever."
Why haven't investigative journalists been on Russia's case long before Putin set up his recent attack on Georgia?
I must say that the U.S. State Department under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (a so-called expert on Russia) failed before, during and after the Russian invasion. Come to think of it Rice has failed in every aspect of solving international problems. Her only dubious success was to use the Bush "Big Brother" pressure to force the weak government of Israel under its current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to risk its very existence by making suicidal gestures to the Muslim Arab Palestinians.
Rice remains untouchable to the media simply because she is a woman; she is black and, therefore, should be considered free of rational scrutiny by the Media. Granted she smiles nicely, makes seemingly erudite speeches but, she solves nothing of the world's problems. Her vaunted, supposed expertise about Russia has been a dismal failure, particularly in forecasting political and military adventurism.
Petting the Russian Bear, thinking it is a tamed, civilized animal is a grave error and wishful thinking one the part of any nation. The Bear is dangerous, has giant claws and teeth and artful avoidance by the West is a giant sized mistake.
The Media have played a role in lulling the nations into becoming a main course in the Bear's dinner. But, the Brezhnev Doctrine is alive and well. (1)
PT. 2: RUSSIA BLAMES ISRAEL FOR CASUALTIES IN GEORGIA & SEEKS A PRETEXT TO SUPPLY EVEN MORE ARMS TO SYRIA, HEZB'ALLAH & IRAN TO KILL ISRAELIS
The vice-chairman of the Russian Chiefs-of-Staff - Anatoloy Nogoveichin - is accusing Israel of supplying arms to Georgia that were used to kill Russians.
This is a very worrying development. This pretext will be used by Russia to continue supplying Syria, Hezb'Allah and Iran with weapons that will inevitably be used to kill Israelis. During the last war in Lebanon, summer 2006, Israelis suffered many military and civilian casualties due to Russian-made arms.
This may have been one of Putin's goals in Russia's invasion of Georgia. By "impaling" themselves on Israeli-made arms that were in Georgia - Russian gained a presumed justification for supplying arms to kill Israelis. Now they can even claim "vengeance".
What the Russians fail to mention is that they never told the Israelis to rein in private arms supply firms based in Israel - nor to stop sending advisors. No one really thought Georgia and Russia would be in a real war. For the Israeli firms it was just good business, necessary to make their own weapons' manufacture pay for itself, so Israel would have the weapons she needs for self-defense.
Israel clearly would not have risked the anger of Moscow had she known Russia and Georgia would be at war. In fact, Israel clamped an embargo on weapons' shipments to Georgia the minute Russia attacked.
The Russians should be informed that using what transpired in Georgia as an excuse to harm Israel though accelerated weapons' shipments to Syria, Hezb'Allah and Iran is simply unacceptable and patently unfair.
To wit, the following is explosively alarming:
PT. 3 from DEBKAfile: "Big Russian flotilla led by Admiral Kuznetsov carrier heads for Syrian port" [paraphrased]
Now [August 23rd] a powerful Russian naval contingent, led by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is sitting off shore at the Syrian port of Tartus. This includes the Russian Navy's biggest missile cruiser Moskva and at least four nuclear missile submarines.
Before the Russian flotilla departed Murmansk on the Barents Sea August 18, Assad is reported to have given the nod for the Tartus port's conversion into a permanent Middle East base for Russia's nuclear-armed warships.
On Thursday August 21 Syria's President Bashar Assad at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, told reporters he is considering a Russian request to deploy missiles in Syria because of Russian-Western tensions over the Georgian conflict. Assad signaled that he would also be representing Tehran's interests in his talks with Russian leaders. Jordan's King Abdullah joined this 'conference' on August 21st.
While Assad was meeting at Sochi, a large Syrian military delegation visited the Russian weapons manufacturing giant, the Kalinin Machines Plant, east of Moscow. This plant makes sophisticated anti-air missile systems, including the S-300 and the BUK M, for which Damascus is bidding.
Assad seems to be giving Russia's Navy the port of Tartus in return for a mutual defense pact with Russia who will provide Syria with a Russian nuclear umbrella and generous terms for his arms purchases. (2)
1. "The Brezhnev Doctrine: Alive and Well" by Srdja Trifkovic http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/?p=712#more-712
2. "Big Russian flotilla led by Admiral Kuznetsov carrier heads for Syrian port" DEBKAfile August 21, 2008 http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5526