Topic: Protests in Syria
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MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow urged Washington on Sunday “not to repeat past mistakes” when dealing with the alleged use of chemical weapons by embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
Doctors Without Borders and the Syrian opposition say that more than 300 people died after an alleged toxic gas attack in an eastern Damascus suburb on Wednesday. The Syrian authorities fiercely deny the claim.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that President Barack Obama has told him to "prepare options for all contingencies" while the White House is deciding whether to use military force against Bashar’s government, the Associated Press reported.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the alleged chemical attack could have been a staged “provocation” by the Syrian opposition and that the US might use it as a pretext to start a military operation in Syria.
“All of this makes one recall the events that happened 10 years ago, when, using false information about Iraqis having weapons of mass destruction, the US bypassed the United Nations and started a scheme whose consequences are well known to everyone,” the ministry said in a web-posted statement.
It said that the “current fuss” about the attack is aimed at disrupting the work of UN experts on chemical weapons.
Syria and the UN agreed on Sunday to allow a team of international experts to visit the site of the alleged chemical attack, AP said.
“Once again we warn against repeating past mistakes, against allowing actions that contradict international law,” the ministry's statement said.
Russia has been Syria's most important ally during the civil war that according to the UN has claimed at least 100,000 lives since March 2011. Moscow, along with Beijing, has vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions against Assad's government.
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- rochefortfrancois(no title)01:01, 26/08/2013Will Russia give Syria to Israel (US) once again?
- arsanlupinRemarkable!01:45, 28/08/2013That’s the most arrant nonsense in so few words that I’ve seen in a long time. Very impressive! And you spared us all the ‘imperialist’, ‘puppet’, ‘lackey’, ‘Zionist’, ‘fascist’, and all the other hackneyed Marxist gibberish that was stupid and old and tired long before any of us were born. Even MORE impressive!
Russia never ‘gave’ Syria to anyone, at any time. It has neither the power, nor the authority, nor the permission of the people of Syria. To think otherwise would be to admit that it is Russia that is the ‘imperialist’ nation in this situation. Fortunately for both Syria AND Russia, that is no more true than the accusation that the USA is ‘imperialist’.
Israel’s ‘possession’ of Syria is restricted to the Golan Heights – and that only as a tactical move to deny the Syrians the most perfect artillery positions for bombarding most of northern Israel. If Syria were willing to demilitarize it under UN observers, Israel would give it back in a heartbeat.
To imply that Israel and the USA have any real control over each other is naiveté in the extreme. (Personally, I wish the USA would cut off ALL aid to Israel until they abandon all settlements in the occupied territories and started getting serious about solving the Palestinians’ issues. But that’s for another topic … )
History is not repeating itself … unless you consider the concept of a brutal dictator meeting peaceful protests from unarmed citizens with military force, then escalating when the citizenry aren’t cowed into submission but begin to fight back. ‘Emergency Law’ for 48 years??? That is a theme that goes back into history for many centuries.
Let’s see what happens when Russia’s chemical weapons experts (who taught the Syrians, after all) see the test results of the UN teams’ soil samples and other scientific tests. Let’s let the facts speak for themselves, and the truth guide all.
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