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September 12, 2013 5:10 pm

Putin Says Syria Strike Would Harm Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Wiki Commons.

JNS.orgRussian President Vladimir Putin wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times that striking Syria could “undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Russia recently proposed a plan to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, a move that led U.S. President Barack Obama to postpone a congressional vote on a U.S. strike of the civil war-marred nation. The U.S. strike would be a response to the use of chemical weapons on civilians by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

But Putin believes it is possible that the Syrian opposition, and not the Assad regime, used the chemical weapons. The Russian president also warned that Syrian rebels may attack Israel.

“No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack—this time against Israel—cannot be ignored,” Putin wrote.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    All I can say is that if there lacks any compelling evidence that the Syrian rebels were behind this attack, then Obama has shown that he is willing to cave in to the Russian tyrant Putin. John McCain had no doubt initially that the Government of Syria was behind it because (as he claimed) the Syrian rebels simply do not have poison gas. Even if they had small amounts of it, could they have really killed 1500 people? By caving in to Putin, and by placing the Syrian poison gas arsenal under international control, Obama is ensuring that the Assad regime will not be fully investigated. Russia will see to that. And as long as the world continues to have an international war criminal like Assad at the helm, we will be prevented from universal peace. Iran, Syria’s chief ally will now be emboldened by this and turn increasingly to Russia when the going gets hot (or the centrifuges take your pick) Will we also compromise when the time comes that we know Iran is also close to having its finger on the button? I just hope that Obama is out of office by that time.

    • judorebbe

      First, let me say that I have no sympathy for either side in the Syrian civil war, and would love to see both sides go to Hell, and rot there.
      That being said, the reality is that Assad’s forces would have no upside by using chem weapons, but plenty of downside. Why would they want to chance bringing US into the conflict (on the side of the FSA)?
      The FSA, by contrast, would have everything to gain and nothing to lose by bringing US into the conflict on their side, against Assad, Iran, and Russia.
      My best guess is that The FSA pulled a “false flag” operation specifically to draw US in.
      They (MB and AQ) would have had no trouble getting chem weapons from Libya’s former (huge) stockpile … and have repeatedly shown that they are willing to kill their own for “strategic” gain.

    • Yohanan

      If Putin is a tyrant then Obama is the devil himself, the murdering lying a-hole.