The following details are what happens when there is a republican President Donald J. Trump who has ceded all power to Russia when it comes to the Russian role there. Have you heard about how Russia killed American soldiers?
As per a February 23, 2018 CNBC analysis by Jake Novak:
- A new report says U.S. intelligence officials have evidence that a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin coordinated a Russian mercenary attack on U.S. troops in Syria this month.
- The report also says the Kremlin knew about and likely approved the attack.
- If so, this is a real act of war and President Trump must respond soon.
- (See: Trump must respond to deadly Russian aggression—Commentary)
In the future republicans in the US Congress had better never utter a word about what our former democratic President Barack Obama did or didn’t do regarding the Syrian rebels resistance the harsh dictatorship of its president.
Here is the rest of the story…
On February 22, 2016, of the Economist published the following report, “Syria’s war heats up again”
“With Islamic State routed, the Assad regime is pounding rebel-held towns with no regard for civilians.”
“THE UN Children’s Fund says it no longer has words to describe the suffering in Syria. In an unusual move, the agency released a blank statement to express its outrage at President Bashar al-Assad’s latest onslaught. On February 18th his regime, with Russian support, began pounding Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, with artillery, air strikes and barrel bombs. Hundreds of people have already been killed. The regime appears to be mustering troops ahead of a possible ground assault.”
“Far from winding down, Syria’s almost seven-year civil war is heating up and growing more complicated. The collapse of Islamic State (IS) has freed local and foreign powers, which were loosely aligned against the jihadists, to pursue other objectives. Some have turned their guns on each other. Observers see echoes of Lebanon’s civil war, which also drew in foreigners and dragged on for 15 years. But the war in Syria has already been far more bloody.”
“The territorial demise of IS has allowed Mr Assad to focus on the final pockets of resistance to his regime in western Syria, the most populous part of the country. In December he sliced off a chunk of Idlib, which had been under rebel control. He has now set his sights on Eastern Ghouta, which the regime attacked with chemical weapons in 2013 (and perhaps more recently). Mr Assad’s tactics are as familiar as they are chilling: besiege, starve and bomb civilians until the rebels surrender or grow too weak to resist. Homes and hospitals have been destroyed. Supplies of medicine, fuel and food are dangerously low.”
“The same strategy worked for the regime in Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city, which was held by rebels until 2016. Its fall marked one of the biggest turning points of the war. From then it has seemed increasingly certain that Mr Assad will remain in power.”
“Now he is growing more assertive. Pro-government militias have moved north into the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, where they hope to help Kurdish forces beat back an incursion by Turkey, which opposes Kurdish efforts to create a semi-autonomous zone on its border.”
“There is a growing risk of new clashes involving the many external powers that have been drawn in to Syria: Russia and Iran, which back the regime; America, which arms and supports the Kurds; Turkey, which has intervened to repel them; and Israel, which is alarmed by the prospect of Iran and its Lebanese ally, Hizbullah, implanting themselves in the Golan Heights. “With the fight against IS receding and the elimination of any serious threat to the regime’s survival, the conflict is more than ever defined by the struggle among regional and international actors,” says Randa Slim of the Middle East Institute, a think-tank in Washington.”
“Some have already come into direct conflict. On February 7th American-led forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries who were fighting alongside pro-regime forces in eastern Syria. On February 10th Israel intercepted an Iranian drone in its airspace, prompting it to strike the base in Syria from which it was controlled. After an Israeli jet was hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire and crashed, Israel launched more such attacks in Syria.”
“Mr Assad and his backers will probably defeat most of the rebels in eastern Ghouta and elsewhere. But that may only mark the start of a new phase in the conflict, one defined more by the machinations of foreign powers. The war is likely to keep burning for some time. Syrian civilians will continue to bear the brunt of the fighting. “We are dying and starving. But where is the world? Where is the UN?” asks Ahmad Khansour, an activist in Eastern Ghouta. “All it does now is issue blank statements.”
UN holds vote on Syria ceasefire as death toll climbs to 500 – Al Jazeera
‘Survive or die together’: More than 400 killed in Eastern … – Al Jazeera
Syria war: Air strikes in Eastern Ghouta ‘kill 500’ – BBC News
America Washes Its Hands of Syrian Civilians – The Atlantic
Putin Is Relishing the Mass Murder in East Ghouta – Newsweek
I suppose that turning his back on Syria is part of Trump’s policy to make America great again. Tragically, history has shown that the UN and its predecessor the League of Nations were toothless in the face of brutal regimes unless Uncle Sam led an international effort under the UN flag. There is no point sending in UN Peacekeepers into Syria unless there is a cease-fire agreement in place – and that won’t happen unless the USA flexes its military muscles.
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Dear John Fioravanti,
That US leadership that would normally exist has been vanquished with the presence of the Russian asset President DonaldTrump.
The UN was supposed to vote on a :cease fire but it was postponed. There is media coverage but the headline news has been devoted to other news.
Here is what Al Jazeera on 2/24/18 wrote:
“They [Security Council members] changed some of the language.”
The UN special envoy for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire to stop the “horrific heavy bombardment of Eastern Ghouta and the indiscriminate mortar shelling on Damascus”.
Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzya had said there was “no agreement” and presented amendments to the draft resolution “for it to be realistic”, while the Syrian ambassador to the UN, Basher al-Jaafari, accused the international body and mainstream media of backing “terrorists recruited by the US from all over the world” to fight in Syria.
In response, Nikki Hailey, the US ambassador to the UN, called Russia’s actions as “unbelievable” on Twitter.
Unbelievable that Russia is stalling a vote on a ceasefire allowing humanitarian access in Syria. How many more people will die before the The Security Council agrees to take up this vote? Let’s do this tonight. The Syrian people can’t wait.
4:55 PM – Feb 23, 2018
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The “relentless” shelling, coupled with live artillery fire, has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation amid the ongoing siege.
The blockade has prevented basic necessities, such as food and medicine, from entering the enclave. The siege has also resulted in huge inflation of the cost of basic goods. A bag of bread now costs the equivalent of $5.
… and that won’t happen unless the USA flexes its military muscles.
Well, based on our “leader’s” budget, they should have plenty of money to demonstrate that muscle. But hey … it might offend his buddy Vladimir if he used it in Syria … better to nuke No. Korea and kill a few thousand people.
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The president wants to act like the tough guy. His actions toward Russia shows him to be a paper tiger. He is all growl and no action. For Russia he is both no growl and no action. For N Korea, I am worried that he wants to show that his growl has some bite.
This is just one reason as to why he needs to go asap.
Gronda, there are two themes at work. First, if one is a dictatorial leader, one must not waste any opportunity to squelch opposition. Second, if one is a dictatorial leader, promote others to be the same, to make one appear more appealing. Putin wants to tear down democracies and promote thugs. Keith
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Unfortunately, you are right in that the US President is backing another thug as he is Russia’s puppet. They can do whatever they want with not a wimp of outrage from our GOP representatives in the US Congress.
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