The World's Two Superpower Countries Are Walking On The Edge Of The Abyss In Syria

Authored by Elijah J. Magnier,

For the first time since he is in office, the US President Donald Trump has launched a clear threat in the direction of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin saying “he will pay a price”. This menace is related to the claim that the Syrian army had launched a chemical attack against the city of Duma, in eastern Ghouta, the last stronghold of Saudi Arabia’s proxies close to Damascus.

Trump is maybe thinking of bombing the Syrian Army positions spread throughout the Syrian geography, or perhaps even the Al-Muhajereen President’s palace in Damascus- of course, without necessarily saying when and where his army will strike.

On the other side, Russia is saying it won’t stand still and will respond to any threat against its soldiers. Indeed, Russian officers are deployed in every single Syrian unit on the ground and in command and control headquarters in the Levant, coordinating and participating in attacks against jihadists since September 2015. Therefore, it is almost certain that any direct hit against the Syrian Army will cause Russian casualties.

Such an act of war may trigger a Russian response by President Putin who will certainly not want to look weak in front of Russian politicians, the Russian military and in front of his own people. Russia has just returned to the international arena, not only as a country in possession of nuclear weapons, but also as a country trying to create a world balance and put an end to the US unilateral dominance that Washington enjoyed since the Perestroika in 1991.

But how could the US benefit from military action in Syria?

The mainstream media, the think tank generously financed and nourished by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrein, Trump’s team and the intelligence community- are all asking the US President to go to war in Syria to change the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and replace it with “freedom fighters” that the same Donald Trump is very familiar with and has specifically criticised.

These rely on a video by activists close to the jihadists, claiming civilians were killed by a chemical attack on the city of Duma, which has gone viral on social media.

The world chooses to believe mainstream media reporting the content of this video without proof or reference to any verified sources or neutral investigation by any reliable and international investigation committee. The lies of mainstream media during the war in Syria are too numerous to count, amplified by a journalism motivated by the “regime change” agenda, rather than by accurately reporting verifiable events.

It was perfectly possible for the world to send an international investigation team, since the jihadists of “Jaish al-Islam” have been talking for a long time with the Russians, who are coordinating the exit of these to the north of Syria. Nonetheless, this option seems unavailable and remains unused. The US thirst for waging war and seeing blood flow may not be realisable if the jihadists’ version of the “incident” were seen to be untrue.

What is more plausible is the fact that the US is not after Assad’s head to cut off, but after Putin’s hands, to cut him off from his new dominance over the Levant.Moreover, what the US would like to see ending is Russia offering the possibility of rejecting US supremacy to Middle Eastern countries (and others in far continents to reject US supremacy).

The other problem the US finds difficult to digest is the fact that both Assad and Putin have won the war with the help of Iran, and that the US failed to change the regime, and did not protect its Kurdish allies in Afrin. It was unable to stop its NATO partner, Turkey, from striking alliances with Russia and Iran.

Moreover, the Jihadists (al-Qaeda and the “Islamic State” ISIS) card failed to achieve their objective to replacing a secular Syrian regime with a bloody radical Islamic regime. These Takferee were willing to eliminate the presence of all minorities (Christian, Shia, Allawite and others) and cover the Middle East with black banners. Transforming the Middle East into a sectarian arena and creating failed states like in Libya was not possible to reproduce in the Levant, thanks to the strategies pursued by Russia and Iran.

So as a winner, it would be foolish for Assad to use chemical attacks and turn the entire world against him when he is about to celebrate his total victory over Ghouta. The city of Duma was not only surrounded but thousands of Jihadists had already left.

Negotiations failed last week only because these Jihadists in Duma were buying time and were asked to hold on until the world intervened in their favour. They have presented many excuses to their Russian interlocutor asking that:

  • 1000 of these would remain in the city and take up the police role.
  • The $900 million they have accumulated throughout the years from taxes and donations should be transported outside Ghouta by those exiting to the north of Syria.
  • No Syrian intelligence services be allowed to be in Duma.

All these demands were rejected by the Russian and the Syrian government, who finally understood that the jihadists were waiting for something, a hope: a chemical attack! This is why Russia and Damascus ordered the military to resume the pressure. Today over 165,000 jihadists and civilians left eastern Ghouta and the remaining twenty to thirty thousands are expected to leave in the coming days.

So Damascus will be totally cleared and no force on the ground – as the US four star general Joseph Votel said – can make a change on the ground in Syria or defeat /change the regime. Therefore, there will be no one who could take advantage of the consequences of a possible US attack on Syria in the coming days.

Furthermore, a possible US war in the Middle East would cost hundreds of billions of dollars to Trump, he who is digging into the Saudi and Emirates’ pockets to take every single penny, for any excuse.

It is not a matter of cost or a question of human principle because Saudi Arabia, with US, France and UK support, has been killing tens of thousands of Yemenites for 3 years without blinking an eyelid, under the gaze of the world.

It is absolutely not a matter of “chemical attack”, because Russia warned the world about this staged excuse Jihadists were preparing, weeks before it was announced to the world in Duma. When it comes to human casualties, the US, responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths as a result of the embargo on Iraq (and indeed in many other US “adventures”), clearly has almost zero sensitivity, considering these casualties as collateral damage.

So what can hundreds of tomahawks do against the empty Presidential Palace? Are these going to create a difference on the ground? Will bombing Syrian Army airports and military bases defeat Assad? No, it will only increase the number of those killed. The Syrian war casualties are close to 400,000 men, women and children. If the number becomes 401 or 405 or 410,000 to achieve……. There is no answer here but one: to slap the face of Putin and make him look weak, a head of state incapable of defending his friends and allies.

So the aim is to create a balance in the existing equation to embarrass Russia. The US has no friends, only “common interests”, whereas ‘rising Russia’ is striking alliances yet feels impotent to react faced with an American decision to strike Moscow’s ally.

Yes, all these possibilities exist. But these other possibilities are much more dangerous:

  • What if Syria decides to react by bombing Israel with dozens of missiles? Damascus already has an excuse to retaliate against the Israeli violation of its air space this week and the bombing of a military air base at the T4 in rural Homs, killing 8 Syrian and 7 Iranian officers. Iran, at the Syrian government’s request, supports the Syrian Army in its fight against jihadists.

  • What if US destroys the Syrian air force? Not a huge change because Russia overwhelms the sky above Syria and is running the show against the Jihadists. It would be an opportunity for the Syrian Air Force to get more modern jets.

  • What if Russia decides to react and hit back at all sources firing against Syria? What if Russia executes its menace and stands against the US? Are the American people ready to die for a country only few would manage to find on the world map? Are Americans ready to receive their children in plastic bags just because Moscow’s influence in the Levant is increasing and therefore bothering Washington?

This is a very dangerous game Trump is venturing into with his head hidden in the sand, without weighing all the possible consequences.

The two superpower countries are walking on the edge of the abyss.

Will both the US and Russia fall into it or will Trump stand down, pull out of this game with his tail between his legs, accept his defeat and try to find another less dangerous arena than the Levant to face Russia? Could it be that Trump is gathering larger coalition, to make sure Russia can’t respond against several nations, and therefore avoid a wider war? The coming days will carry the answer for the world.

Comments

Déjà view are we there yet Thu, 04/12/2018 - 02:06 Permalink

Ultranationalist Vladimir Volfovich Eidelshtein (Zhirinovsky)...

"But I also know that now he is truly interested in discovering his Judaism, turning over a new leaf and helping Israel's relations with Russia."

Only in recent years has a change become apparent in Zhirinovsky's attitude toward his true background. Three years ago he admitted that his father was indeed a Jew. In the past few years, he has also moderated his pronouncements about Jews and has praised their intelligence in several Duma speeches. About seven months ago, he met with Rabbi Berl Lazar, who describes himself as the chief rabbi of Russian Jewry. Lazar's organization, the POR, played a minor role in helping Zhirinovsky find out what became of his father.

https://www.haaretz.com/1.4845449

Zionist Finger On Button...

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Sid Davis DownWithYogaPants Thu, 04/12/2018 - 01:36 Permalink

Whatever the pressure or threats against Trump by those who want war, he still has a choice.  He can simply go hold a press conference and tell the public that he will not retaliate against Syria because there is no evidence that there was even a gas attack, other than the one he got after a burrito last night, and even if there was a gas attack there is no evidence that Assad was responsible.

And then sign in front of the public an order to his generals to withdraw all US troops and assets from Syria within 60 days.

What are the generals going to do?  Would Trump rather face his maker with a clear conscience, other than a few flings with whores, or face him with the blood on his hands of millions of humans. If the generals and neo-cons manage to remove him from office then let him depend on Patriots to rise up against them.  The worst is that he can be killed like JFK, which is a better future than the guilt of creating the horrors of war.

 

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zvzzt Sid Davis Thu, 04/12/2018 - 02:50 Permalink

Normally I would say it's kind of naive to think that way (absolutely no insult meant), but since he's most likely to be out of office anyway (impeachment/early retired/killed/not nominated/etc.), it might as well be the best way to enter the history books by following the path you suggest. 

The tug of war and black mailing behind the scenes must be horrendous. 

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fajensen Sid Davis Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:14 Permalink

The worst is that he can be killed like JFK, which is a better future than the guilt of creating the horrors of war.

Or his entire family can be killed by "Russians" wielding strange nerve agents. Now you mention it, the Kennedy's does seem to have a well above average attrition rate.

It is possible that maybe "They" were not done with just with whacking John F?  

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Ace006 fajensen Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:23 Permalink

The radical Japanese military officers assassinated with abandon in the '30s but, overlooking for the moment that it took WWII to stop them, I think there's a limit to what we see now to what you can achieve with assassination. JFK's death poisoned politics for being unsolved and illustrating official cover-up and complicity . It laid the foundation for all manner of bizarre speculation about official integrity, though what is being unearthed now about official subversion and corruption involves no such bizarre speculation.

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straightershooter DownWithYogaPants Thu, 04/12/2018 - 01:40 Permalink

Sure, Trump did utter the unimaginable phrase of getting out of Syria.

Well, under normal circumstances, Trump would have calculated the cost and benefit....but, do remember Clinton's wag the dog....Trump got enough of his personal problems of....you name it....Trump might have pulled the wag the dog flag and sacrificed other peoples' life and treasure....and save his own skin...Yeah, I do think Trump can go as low as....you call it...just go a bit lower.

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Scipio Africanuz DownWithYogaPants Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:34 Permalink
  1. Perhaps a covert military coup has happened in the USA. I suspect that while Trump can't openly tell us, he's telegraphing his intentions - make peace with Russia, get out of Syria etc - and asking us to back him vociferously. I also suspect he's signalling the intentions of the swamp - Kill Assad, perhaps Putin too, and maybe Khamenei -

His body language of recent, is that of a man under seige, unhappy about everything. The only times he seems happy, is when he's telling the truth like, what's in Syria that benefits USA. Having carefully analyzed his recent tweets, I've come to believe he's telling us the bull****t they're feeding him to greenlight war.

Time will tell but my instincts tell me Trump is an honest broker under seige, we as supporters, need to find a very public way to stiffen his spine, so he can take the fight to the swamp...

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HopefulCynical Scipio Africanuz Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

That's exactly the impression I'm getting as well. Trump wants to do exactly what he campaigned on doing. Sessions' recusal, Mueller's witch hunt, the tabloid bullshit: all of it is designed around forcing Trump into MOAR WAR - because that's what furthers the (((agenda))).

I think Trump has been trying to appease (((them))). I'm hoping that his appeasement is about to end. If it doesn't, and soon, the western world will.

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Ace006 DownWithYogaPants Thu, 04/12/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

This rush to judgement is obscene with practically (see below) zero interest in determining the facts.  Clearly there is an agenda with utter indifference to the interests or views of the American people.

I'm no tweetologist but Trump seems personally enthusiastic enough about this bogus campaign of forthcoming murder and destruction in his tweets. No one's dictating nonsense like "animal Assad" to him.  That's personal commitment.

His personnel choices,  however, show a more sinister influence operating on him. Nikki Hately was just a bizarre choice straight from ziocolonialist central casting and McMaster came with McCain's recommendation. 

Mattis seems to be bravely swimming against the tide by having the temerity to suggest that the military is studying the situation. Imagine that. A firing squad is too good for him .

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ramius Sid Davis Thu, 04/12/2018 - 02:14 Permalink

  Well, they can send in the tranies and gay to "f*ck"the enemy. Altough anyone who knows the russians can imagine how that will pan out. Give Ivan enough vodca , and he will atack Satan himself with a rusty spoon, and chances are he will win. Well, let's see if there is anyone with a hint of reason left in the WH, otherwise, bombs away. 

 

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Slimedon1 Sid Davis Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:12 Permalink

Less then 30% of US males of draft age are fit for military service. Of that number how many would fight Trump's war? We have no source for rare earth elements outside of China. They are vital for every advanced weapon system we have. Tell me again how the US wages a sustained campaign against Russia? We have neither the moral or the industrial strength.

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Ace006 Sid Davis Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:40 Permalink

Allow me to extol the virtues of military basic training.  Exposure to manly pursuits and excellent role models and a taste of esprit due corps would make a big change in a young man's life . Just contemplate life far away from the influence of snowflakes , pussies , and the sad joke of what passes for women in non-flyover country . Frabjous joy .

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ProstoDoZiemi yomutti2 Thu, 04/12/2018 - 02:04 Permalink

Wherever Russia wants to go they're already there, the US has to dance around them, it takes a month for the US to get where the Bear's been sitting and yawning.

Russia spends 1/3 the budget that the states do on defense, to me that's alarming.

To say they're not even a close 2nd is wreckless

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wildbad yomutti2 Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:42 Permalink

funny that fact should be downvoted. that isn't to say that russia is not a nuclear or influential plitical force in the world but economically russia is a very distan 8th.  as a nuclear power they are still top notch though and pose a threat to the other threateners in the Deep State Brzynsky worldview.

Trump will make a GREAT deal with our natural ally RUSSIA

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neversink beepbop Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:58 Permalink

Are you crazy - Israel is the only sane country in the mideast. The only diverse country, and the only place where Christians are safe and the Christian population is increasing. Israel, despite surrounded by enemies, has been voted one of the happiest countries to live in. They can't stand ISIS or Hamas or Hezbollah. And who can blame them.

 

More stupidity in this article: 
Here's the biggest contradiction:
"Iran, at the Syrian government’s request, supports the Syrian Army in its fight against jihadists."
Iran is a jihadist nation torturing anyone who thinks differently from radical Islam, forcing women to wear hijabs, torturing and murdering gays, torturing and murering anyone in the democracy movement, arresting people for dancing.... 
 

Iran owns and controls what's left of Syria and has basically a noose on Lebanon. 

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sarz neversink Thu, 04/12/2018 - 07:50 Permalink

The Arab population, Muslim and Christian, in occupied Palestine is now greater than that of Jews. Happiest? Sure, when you don't count over half the humans. Oh, but I'm forgetting. Jews don't consider anyone else to be human. Literally, goyim = cattle in Hebrew. Enjoy it while you can. The day is coming when you will wish you were a lampshade.  

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veritas semper… Shemp 4 Victory Thu, 04/12/2018 - 02:28 Permalink

 There are multiple sites (Al Masdar,Sputnik ) reporting that special forces officers from US ,UK , Israel and Saudi Arabia have been captured in liberated E Ghouta . They are now in Syrian prisons. They were embedded with the terrorists , preparing chemical attacks (SAA found chemicals from Britain and Germany) . They were coordinating attacks on Damascus and were ready to open another front against SAA and the government .

 When they were caught , the west went ballistic . They asked the Russians to let them go ,but the Russians told US to talk to Syrians.

  US and Israel had a special team sent to try to free them , when about to be captured ,but failed.

 The following marines died there :

 “The Marine Corps identified four Marines killed on Tuesday in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crash near El Centro, Calif. The Marines were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. “The loss of our Marines weighs heavy on our hearts,” Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, commanding general of 3rd MAW, said in a statement. “Our priority is to provide support for our families and HMH-465 during this critical time.” The four Marines killed in the crash were Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, Gunnery Sgt. Derik R. Holley and Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad.” Other US casualties were listed as a US Air Force F16 that allegedly crashed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and up to 6 Americans who the US claims were killed by “Kurdish forces” in the north of Syria. All died in a failed combined US/Israel rescue operation to remove not only communications and command personnel but also chemical weapons operations teams as well.

 

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sarz XWeatherman Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:10 Permalink

Wish the Tylers would make some Disqus-like arrangement to inform you of a reply. Who knows where veritas semper is by now? Why should he or she take a second look at these comments? 

I cannot find the stories on either Sputnik News or al Masdar. I did find a smaller story referring to an Arabic television channel that specifically said that Brits were captured at Ghouta.

https://sputniknews.com/amp/military/201804121063460158-british-forces-…

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