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onebir wrote:Michael wrote:Imagine if USA and Russia made a non-treaty commitment to Israel that no attacks would ever come from Syria?
Erm, why would (/should?) Israel trust them? Bashar Al Assad eventually ceased to credibly threaten Israel, but his the extent of his son's reliance on Iran probably means regime change in Iran would be a minimum prerequisite for this. But a further complication is the oil/gas find in the Golan Heights, by a company with some really influential Neocon directors.Michael wrote:Should the inability of these small countries to reach agreements be allowed to threaten the rest of the world for another 50 years?
Is this the main threat to world peace? Looks like much of this thread has been about large countries manipulating smaller countries, ethnic and religious tensions, in their struggle for world hegemony. Should the inability of US, Russia, Germany, & to some extent UK & France to reach agreements be allowed to threaten the rest of the world for another 200 years?
grzegorz wrote:Vice has a good episode on fighting IS which includes the Russian air base in Syria.
Michael wrote:I think the Syrian war shows how things line up behind USA, Russia, [Iran*], Turkey/Saudi Arabia/Israel and that if the top dawgs like USA and Russia find common ground, such as limitations on destabilization tactics that include terrorism, in order to facilitate, or even to some extent impose, a peace deal in Syria, the same diplomacy could be directed toward other problems, such as Israel/Palestine or toward problems such as the one you mentioned, "inability of US, Russia, Germany, & to some extent UK & France to reach agreements be allowed to threaten the rest of the world for another 200 years?".
Michael wrote:Heard some news from Voltaire Network last week that Kremlin and White House have a deal for Syrian peace plan, made without other state apparatus, necessary because of factionalism and the rogue national security structures, like the one who prevented the possibility of this happening summer 2013 with the Snowden item. Obama and Putin were going to meet then and might have averted 3 years of tragedy, but there are other interests at play.
Michael wrote:Snowden was stranded by US State Dept. in Moscow, who did not have many options about refusing him political asylum (maybe partly because of typical USA brazen behavior grounding the Pres. of Bolivia in Austria)
Michael wrote:So Snowden's appearance prevented, in my view, the chance for Obama and Putin to come to the agreement that has now occurred
Michael wrote:The report from Voltairenet was something I heard in an interview between Webster Tarpley and Thierry Messan here.
Michael wrote:I don't know what the deal was with Tarpley and Larouche, but there doesn't seem to be any connection now. If you know other good sources, I'd like to check them out.
Michael wrote:About Snowden's time in HK, I don't know, but maybe he was hanging out (in his limited fashion) for the right moment to create the wedge? It was a few weeks, not months, but whatever.
Frankly the whole mess is so complicated it's difficult to know what even constitutes a good source; I just bear in mind that while a lot of his commentary is valid, there's probably also significant bias around some issues. (Much like mainstream news, Al Jazeera, RT, Press TV, Global Research, etc.)
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