Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The New Cold War: Assad Invites Russian Military Bases In Syria to Counter US Moves in Poland

In response to the Georgian crisis and the placement of a US missile defense system in Poland, new Cold War maneuvers are in the making. Syrian President Assad rushes off to Moscow to invite a Russian military presence in Syria, including offensive missile bases and Naval bases in the Mediterranean, as Russia contemplates joining the Syrian-Iranian axes.

“Our position is that we are ready to co-operate with Russia in any project that can strengthen its security,” the Syrian leader told Russian newspapers at the start of his two-day trip. “I think Russia really has to think of the response it will make when it finds itself closed in a circle.”

Mr al-Assad said that he would be discussing the deployment of Russian missiles on Syrian territory, possibly the Iskander system. Syrians is also interested in buying Russian anti-aircraft and tanks missiles.

In return, Moscow is expected to propose a revival of its Cold War era naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean. Some Russian reports even suggest that Moscow is deepening the port it to accommodate a fleet of warships. Russia may have similar ambitions for Latakia. Either port would give the Russian Navy its foothold in the Mediterranean for two decades.

1 comment:

  1. This calls for a action by our next president, (John McCain) to pull another Cuban Missile crisis move. A strong military blockade must be ordered to prevent this.

    P,S. How could Tom Clancy have been so wrong in his estimation that the Soviets, eh I mean Russians would join with Nato to fight the Islamists in the next "Great War". Russia is weak. Yet they still understand power. The cold war is over. They may try to put nukes in Iran's hands, but they would never strike the US with Nukes as the destruction of Russia would be absolute. Every city, every Russian would stand to be obliterated. Time to call their bluff. And soon.


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