Further below is our German to English (DE>EN) translation of an important article from RT Deutsch.
An ominous transition is now taking place in Russia that threatens to change the passivity of the Russians to US provocations, starting with the US’ extreme interference in the 1996 elections that saw pro-American Boris Yeltsin elected, who then proceeded to impose a regime of grinding poverty on Russia by bleeding off Russian assets to foreign investors at bargain basement prices. The US then unilaterally walked away from the ABM treaty but blamed the resulting arms build-up on the perennial whipping boy Russia. Meanwhile unexplained murders of journalists in Russia were all blamed on Putin, but yet US ally and trading partner Mexico had a significantly higher murder rate among its journalists and yet no US journo or pol blamed this on the Mexican government.
Sanctions were first imposed against Russia after Putin signed a decree allowing Crimea to voluntarily accede to the Russian Federation on the basis of a referendum that was perfectly legal under international law. That accession was mislabelled as an annexation and the Russians were charged with “aggression.”
Later third countries were sanctioned for purchasing Russian energy sources or being part of the supply chain thereof or for purchasing the very excellent and inexpensive Russian arms. It was a complete suspension of the free market principles on which the US economy and the WTO had always been predicated.
Whenever Russia acted on its own without bowing to the Hegemon or successfully fought US proxies in Syria, new anti-Russian sanctions based on assorted unfounded allegations became one of the most popular agenda items in the Congress and Senate. Russia stood down and did nothing to retaliate for all those years.
The latest and most egregious provocation is the obviously unfounded accusation that Russia was somehow behind the poisoning of ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter, in the UK. Based on this unfounded evidence-less allegation, Russia-hating US lawmakers have slapped further crippling sanctions on Russia, seriously impacting the value of the rouble, and now the Russians are nearing the end of their rope. A policy change was desperately needed to deal with the provocations and save the Russian economy.
On 15 August, 2018, rueconomics.ru reported that popular Russian-born Israeli Middle East expert Yakov Kedmi, who appears regularly on Russian TV, was recommending that Russia adopt some red lines of its own and use its own super weapons to oppose US aggression abroad, particularly in Syria. Since then the US is threatening to launch a deadly attack on Syria based on a suspicion, without evidence, that Assad “might” attack his population with chemical weapons (there is no possible motive for such a senseless act, particularly now that the defeat of terrorists in Idlib is assured). The US, UK and France are hysterical over the imminent defeat of ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Idlib, the last stronghold of these terrorists, who receive clandestine assistance from the Gulf states, the US, the EU and Israel. It is abundantly clear that the US was never sincere about the “War on Terror,” first declared by GW Bush. ISIS was in fact born in a US prison in Iraq and during the Obama regime was allowed to enter Syria in those now-famous white Toyota pickups with no resistance whatsoever from the US military supposedly engaged in the war on terror. Now that Assad’s troops are defeating terrorists in their last stronghold – the US’ last chance to effect regime change – US authorities are frantic.
Kedmi’s idea fell on fertile soil as Vladimir Gutenev, First Deputy Chairman of the Duma Economic Committee suggested that the RF shift into high gear militarily in response to the US provocations. It was high time as the Russian economy was being seriously hurt. Trump was pleased to inflict this harm as part of his philosophy that what hurts a competitor benefits the US – quite the opposite of the conservative notion that free competition benefits both sides.
So why is the US so desperate to effect regime change in Syria? There are multiple reasons for this, but here are the main ones:
1—The Saudis want Assad out. He adheres to the “wrong” religion, ie, Alawitism, generally a branch of Shia. Saudi has always sought a religious purge of the Muslim world to form a pure Sunni society (Sunni is the branch to which ISIS and Al-Qaeda adhere). The US, whose constitution prohibits mixing religion with politics, is happy to oblige to keep the Saudis loyal to the US dollar, as we explained in detail here: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/opinion/making-saudi-arabia-great-again-pt-1
2—Assad does not recognize Israel, which once waged war on Syria. The issue for Syria and other Muslim countries is not “Israel’s right to exist” but rather, the abuse of the earlier Muslim inhabitants of that land and their right to return and live there peacefully. To understand why many Arab countries are not enthusiastic supporters of Israel, it is important to do some independent study of the Nakba (read this and this, for example). Turkey also opposes Israel but since it is a key NATO member, no one in US politics or the msm raise this issue. Israel is important politically in the US mostly because of powerful lobby AIPAC, and the Evangelical “Christian” Zionists, who make up over 80% of Evangelicals and believe that the Bible somehow calls for Christians to support a secular state in the region once occupied by ancient Israel. Jesus never hinted that his followers should do this and in fact, His words in Matthew 23:39 amount to a command to Christians to evangelize among the Jews, but after over a century of indoctrination, “Christian” Zionism, the fanatical support of a non-religious state on supposed religious grounds, has become a central element of the Evangelical catechism. See our expose of US “Christian” Zionism:
Confrontation in Syria: Russian Navy gathers forces - West threatens military strikes
The Russian frigate Admiral Essen has already intervened in the past with cruise missiles in the war in Syria. Now she has been redeployed to the Syrian coast.
Alarmed by Western threats and reports of staged chemical weapons use, the Russian navy is gathering its forces off the coast of Syria. The pitch is growing more and more intense.
IS as an excuse for US military presence has had its day
Washington is also increasingly reluctant to justify its illegal international military presence in Syria with the fight against the "Islamic State" (IS). Indeed, according to a recent UN report, the US forces are leaving enough room for [terrorist] hold-outs to survive, leaving an excuse for their own presence. But Washington has long begun to justify the presence of the US military beyond the end of IS. As early as November 2017, the Washington Post clarified this reorientation:
An abrupt US withdrawal could complete Assad's power on Syrian territory and help him secure his political survival, a result that would mean a victory for Iran, Assad's close ally. To avoid this result, US officials plan to maintain US troop presence in northern Syria.
The newspaper cited analyst Nicholas Heras of the Center for New American Security:
“Conditions are such that the anti-IS campaign is turning into an anti-Iran campaign. By not setting a timeline for the end of the US mission, the Pentagon is creating a framework that will allow the US to stay in Syria for the next few years.”
To be continued