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Sensibility from Middle East Forum: Dont start a giant war with Russia and “Shia bloc”

Wow – sensibility from the extreme right Middle East Forum… makes one wonders if Israel is opposing – rather than encouraging – a military conflict with russia and “the shia bloc?”

Although a reprint…
“…It should be alarming for the West if Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two important U.S. allies, have decided to fight a strange cocktail of enemies on Syrian territory, including Syrian forces, radical jihadists, various Shiite forces and, most critically, Russia – all in order to support “moderate” Islamists. That may be the opening of a worse disaster in Syria, possibly spanning over the next 10 to 15 years.

########Allowing Sunni supremacists into a sectarian war is not a rational way to block Russian expansion.###########

The new Sunni adventurism will likely force Iran to augment its military engagement in Syria. It will create new tensions between Turkey-Saudi Arabia and Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government. It may also spread and destabilize other Middle Eastern theaters, where the Sunni bloc, consisting of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, may have to engage in new proxy wars with the Shiite bloc plus Russia.

Washington should think more than twice about allowing its Sunni allies militarily to engage their Shiite enemies. This may be a war with no winners but plenty of casualties and collateral damage. Allowing Sunni supremacists into a deeper sectarian war is not a rational way to block Russian expansion in the eastern Mediterranean. And it certainly will not serve America’s interests.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are too weak militarily to damage Russia’s interests. It is a Russian trap – and precisely what the Russians are hoping their enemies will fall into.”


Written by nickbiddlenoe

February 19, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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