Putin Warns Of Global "Chaos" If West Hits Syria Again

Shortly after US Ambassador Nikki Haley revealed that Russia would be slapped with a third round of sanctions on Monday for "enabling the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in civil war," Russian President Vladimir Putin said that further attacks on Syria by Western forces, "in violation of the U.N. Charter," would send international relations into "chaos."

In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement. -Reuters

The US-led strike was denounced by Putin as an "act of aggression," and a "war crime" by Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,” the Kremlin statement said.

The United States, France and Britain launched over 103 missiles on Saturday night at three Syrian facilities in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in the city of Douma seven days prior. While the West has conclusively blamed the Assad government for the attack, serious questions have arisen over everything from Assad's motive, the type of nerve agent used, to the credibility of the first responders - an NGO known as the White Helmets who have a reputation for staging evidence.

France cited social media posts and YouTube evidence as justification for their participation in the strikes. 

The French services analysed the testimonies, photos and videos that spontaneously appeared on specialized websites, in the press and on social media in the hours and days following the attack.

Testimonies obtained by the French services were also analysed. After examining the videos and images of victims published online, they were able to conclude with a high degree of confidence that the vast majority are recent and not fabricated. The spontaneous circulation of these images across all social networks confirms that they were not video montages or recycled images. Lastly, some of the entities that published this information are generally considered reliable. -Daily Star

So "it looked real and went viral" is apparently all France needs before launching a military strike on a sovereign nation. 

When the former head of British Armed Forces in Iraq, General Jonathan Shaw, voiced his disbelief that Assad would gas his own people, Sky News cut him off...

Within 48 hours of the suspected April 7 nerve attack, and prior to an agreed-upon inspection of Douma by the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW, Syria's T4 airbase was hit with a missile airstrike blamed by Moscow on two Israeli F-15 warplanes. Five days later, the United States, UK and France (but not Germany or Italy) struck three Syrian targets;

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  • The Barzeh Research and Development Center - hit with 57 U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) and 19 joint air-to-surface missiles, which the Pentagon's Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. says will "set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years." 

  • The Him Shinshar chemical weapons depot, - was struck by nine U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), eight Storm Shadow missiles, three naval cruise missiles and two Scout land attack cruise missiles, according to NPR.  The Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker facility - located over 4 miles from the chemical weapons depot, was hit with seven Scout missiles.


The third strike was on a command center. 

Of the more than 103 cruise missiles fired, Syria claims it intercepted 71 using soviet-made missile defense systems.

Many in the international community have raised concerns that there simply is not enough evidence to conclude who conducted the April 7 chemical attacks - with China even stating "The arrogant US has a record of launching wars on deceptive grounds." 

And as we first reported last week, Germany (along with Italy) refused to be an active member of the strikes.

"This is not the role that we - in coordination with our partners - want to play in this conflict,” said Germany's Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas - followed a statement by Angela Merkel reading "We support that our American, British and French allies, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, have taken responsibility in this way" ... just not enough to take part in the strikes. 

Following the strike, President Trump proudly tweeted "mission accomplished," despite U.S. Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie of the Pentagon acknowledging that elements of the chemical weapons program remain, and he could not guarantee a future attack by Assad. 

As Reuters notes, Israel backed Saturday's air strikes by Western powers (five days after their own strike on Syria's T4 airbase). 

Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks on Sunday, adding that he had commended his British counterpart, Theresa May, in a phone call.

In February, Israel intercepted and downed an Iranian drone approaching its northern border over Golan Heights, which the IDF said on Saturday was loaded with explosives and "tasked to attack." In response to the drone, Israel attacked Syria's T4 airbase for the first time this year, losing an F-16 pilot in the process.

Risk of Wider Confrontation

Russia and Syria called the Western missile strikes an act of aggression, though many have noted the attacks weren't really that devastating. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad even trolled the West - releasing a video titled "The Morning of Steadfastness" featuring him nonchalantly walking through a cavernous marbled hall with a briefcase, as if nothing happened. 

Hezbollah's leader in Lebanon, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday that the West's Saturday strikes on Syria had failed to achieve anything - "including terrorizing the army, helping insurgents or serving the interests of Israel." Nasrallah said the U.S. military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region, according to Reuters.

The American (military) knows well that going towards a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end, and any such confrontation would inflame the entire region,” Nasrallah said. The heavily armed, Iranian-backed Shi’ite Hezbollah movement, allied with the Syrian army and represented in the Beirut government, has been a vital ally of Damascus in Syria’s war.

Meanwhile, a UN draft resolution circulated by France, the United States and Britain late on Saturday aims to establish an independent inquiry into who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria - which might have been advisable before Donald Trump broke virtually every campaign promise and tweet over the last five years regarding Syria, for the second time.

Comments

Fireman Erek Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:14 Permalink

USSA will have to be cured from outside (like its erstwhile NAZI Germany project.) And mark my words the time is fast approaching when the Bear will claw and rip the obscene underbelly of USSA to shreds and the mighty Dragon will burn what's left. USSANS wake up and reload before it is too late to save yourselves from your in-house vermin in Washing town and their out-house vermin in apartheid, occupied Palestine.

Time to hunt down and hammer a stake through the shriveled guts of USSAN pedivores. Looks like Russia will have to do it for US!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFsFp46YiEs

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Occident Mortal Max Hunter Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:54 Permalink

Ever heard Putin speak English?

He sounds like a Girl Scout.

 

Russia and China can do well if they stick to following long term strategies and make quiet gains at the periphery.

 

Whenever they confront the West head on and on open ground the West will win with slam dunks.

 

Putin is getting a bit too mainstream, he is being impatient and playing too many loose moves and it’s playing into the hands of the West.

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Occident Mortal 1 Alabama Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

Putin and Assad have fucked up again and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Whether you believe the gas attacks were real or not really does not matter at the big boys table.

What matters is that USA, Britain and France have now got a seat at the table when the Syrian resolution is negotiated. Without the West only 3 out of 196 countries in the world will recognise any settlement deal negotiated for Syria.

 

Either incompetence by the Kremlin (for letting it happen) or a masterstroke by the West (for taking the initiative), it really doesn't matter how we got here, because here we are.

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Brazen Heist Occident Mortal Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:04 Permalink

What table are you referring to? This stupid little shit show the shit stained Anglo Zionist empire has concocted is all because they just got kicked out of their last stronghold in Damascus (Ghouta). The West are losing the war on the ground badly in Syria. This is just psyops to scale back the image of victory, which is an illusion.

And probably to try and justify their remaining presence in Syria, which is now public knowledge, after the buffoons of MI6, Mossad and the CIA got their asses whipped in Ghouta after a 5 week operation by the Syrian and Russian forces. I bet the goal of the false flag was to drag Trump back into Syria.

They're doing this not out of strength, but out of desperation and weakness. 

Long live Bashar and fuck the Salafist-supporting cunts of the Zio empire, who are running amok like Anglo-French imperialists of the early 20th century and trying to moralize their way out! Disgraceful.

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Occident Mortal Brazen Heist Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

The West are losing the war on the ground badly in Syria.

And yet nobody here in the West cares. You can have your smouldering rubble back.

 

Syrian air defence was easily overpowered, their "response" will be to upgrade their SAM system to the newer Russian platforms.

 

Then after a year or two there will be another "reason" to bomb Syria and we will get to test the performance of the new Russian SAM platforms (probably whilst operated by Russians again) in a live fire scenario.

 

Then after that we have no further use for Syria, and we can fill in the gaps on our war plans for Iran.

 

Iran have oil.

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Occident Mortal beepbop Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:42 Permalink

Putin doesn't care.  He has found the Goldilocks zone.

He doesn't need to take over the world or even invade Poland, he gets to live out his life in a giant opulent palace where money is no object and he is above the law of the land. All he needs to do to stay there is to ensure some kind of international Russophobia narrative keeps playing out across Western media so that he has a strawman to rail against come election time.

Putin is very happy with the status quo. He just needs you to keep talking about him so he can maintain his mega lifestyle. It's exactly the same as Trump.

 

In reality nobody in the West gives a shit about Russia v's the West, only journalists, nihilists and mental patients think WWIII is happening anytime soon. Most people don't care and know that they don't need to care. It's all theatre, they are all playing the same game Putin, Xi, Trump, etc. They keep the story spinning along and they get to stay in power, with all the benefits.

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FBaggins Occident Mortal Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:55 Permalink

Putin is the only leader out there with any real integrity and it is ironic that we in the West now look to him as the defender of international law and the self-determination of nations. Trump is a Western establishment puppet and a fraud, as are all of our Western leaders.

Whether it is the Rothschild’s, the international banksters, the Rockefellers, the oil giants, the Global Dynastic Elite, the Zionists, the Club of Isles, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, etc., its does not matter. They all are interrelated and connected in some hierarchical power structure. Even our major church institutions are part of the structure and fall into line.  These families, groups and institutions make up what is known as the ‘Western establishment’ and for any reform in our civilization or improvement in world relations, they should first be seen for what they really are.  The deceptive, oppressive, and immoral means being used through the mainstream media, the entertainment industry, our courts, and our governments to undermine the basis of our own civilization, they are directly responsible for. In viewing what has actually happened in Syria, no honest person should have any difficulty in connecting the dots, to see that the conduct of the Western establishment kleptocracy in that nation is actually the mirror image of how they attained their wealth and power over us in the first place.

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khnum FBaggins Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:29 Permalink

Some good points especially about the church Im not aware of any tv evangelist or preacher currently expousing 'thou shalt not kill' or warning us that prophecy would seem to indicate at some stage middle east involvement will lead to a world of hurt ,unfortunately the clergy is now the domain of grifters,snake oil salesmen,buggerers and old fools.God is only as good as the help and that aint so good these days.

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Melway Ace006 Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

I second that...

Here's this, too:  https://www.neonrevolt.com/2018/04/14/sparrow-red-and-syria-qanon-greatawakening/

Nothing happens that isn't already planned well in advance.  My guess is that, based on Putin's lack of bombing us, that he and the Donald talked this out beforehand....distancing himself from Russia and diverting attention from the crap hitting his personal-life fan seem to be the bigger reasons this happened.  Don't think much else will happen in Syria unless it somehow makes Trump, personally, money...but the ends would have to be well justified.  

food for thought for the hungry or jaded/bored

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No Escape beepbop Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:06 Permalink

Poutine will do absolutely nothing except talk and talk while the west keeps crushing their economy.

He should have been nicer to the jews....oh well, he can go run and hide with his billions anytime he wants to. 

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bluez chunga Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:17 Permalink

For one thing, the MIC NEEDS to re-start the cold war with Russia in order to make the spice (oil and "defense" money) flow. By attacking Russian interests -- that proves that they are the enemy. Just the fact that we attack their allies and sanction them proves they are evil -- since why else would we do that? The logic is irrefutable!

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Melway khnum Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

blowing the living shit out of anything is what makes us Yanks, biochemically speaking.  This country was founded by blowing the shit out of anyone who disagreed with the (white man's, to be accurate) concept of liberty.  

 

And now, regardless of our color or creed, really, we still like to blow the living shit out of anything that gets in our way, or out of anything in general...fireworks on the fourth of July make us all squeal. 

Reminds us that we don't like to get stepped on.  It's what separates us, distinctly, from other countries.  We may have less technical freedoms but behind the trees and over the hills and mountains, we do whatever we please. 

And thank God that we can, in whatever way we wish.

It's a theory of mine (and not just me; I've heard this run through the media now and then) that Americans are hardwired to be ass-kickers.  We may not have the highest math grades or kan spell two good but piss us off and we're the first to throw the retaliating punch when you're not looking, in the dirtiest, most painful region on you conceivable.    

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bunkers chunga Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:02 Permalink

Supporters of this action are the Military Industrial Complex, the politicians owned by the Military Industrial Complex, Israel, Banksters who finance all war, ignorant Americans, anyone who will make money from pipelines installed because of it, eugenicists and the truly evil. Have I forgotten anyone?

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crazzziecanuck Justin Case Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:29 Permalink

Rare earth materials.  So as to erode China and Russia's rather dominance in that field.  It's also why there is such lust in the west for regime change in North Korea; North Korea hasn't been exploited and bled dry so you can see why Western transnationals lust after it.  The West continues to support various warlords in the Congo and so they're recreating that dynamic in Afghanistan and would like to do that in Ukraine and North Korea too.  REMs are almost more important now to Western economics than oil. 

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Justin Case crazzziecanuck Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:41 Permalink

The rare earths are a relatively abundant group of 17 elements composed of scandium, yttrium, and the lanthanides.

The Chinese under priced producers of the elements causing producers outside of China to close their operations. MolyCorp was one of the last that closed in murica.

So I don't believe that the military is in Afganistan for REE. Murican corporations haven't done any type of exploration or feasibility studies for mining there.

Poppies are good business for Poppy Bush. Better than REE.

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Ace006 Brazen Heist Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:43 Permalink

Excellent point.  Don't confuse lack of capability with pusillanimous, indecisive, ROE-fixated, floundering, clueless leadership.  But, it's true, said leadership operates in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria.  Only rank stupidity will get the U.S. involved in Iran so, therefore, it will in Iran unfortunately.

Western leaders look at war as either a game or a neighborhood improvement project.  Maybe Gen. Petraeus can don his Sheik of Araby costume again and clue us in.

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