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Originally posted by jsobecky
I have to read the Russian statement to mean that they will side with Syria regardless of the facts of the situation.
In other words, Hariri himself could come back to life and identify his killer. The killer could confess to killing Hariri, and Russia would still side with Syria.
With friends like that, who needs enemies?
Final answer- Russia shouldn't try to be serious about this, America shouldn't push them if they do, and Russia DEFINATELY shouldn't make the third move if America doesn't flinch after the first. That couldn't be good for much of anyone in the long run.
Originally posted by Muaddib
Would the Russian government also side with Iran if there are any conflicts with that nation over it's nuclear weapon's program?
Originally posted by Odium
Iran has been given no protection, it now seems the easier target and will put up one hell of a fight when compaired with Syria. The real question is, will the Bush Admin fall for Russia's trap once more? If they do, I would not be shocked to see China and Russia allowing troops to join the Iranian/Syrian Army but not declaring war and again we move back to the age of "Proxy Wars".
"If Russia is to choose between its two strategic allies, it will undoubtedly take Syria's side," said Shamil Sultanov, a coordinator of an inter-faction association, Russia and the Islamic World: A Strategic Dialogue.
As for any Syrian attacks, well just imagine that bug that hit the glass at 60 MPH....nuff said.
Originally posted by Eddie Peoples
Hi Guys, I think some of the strategic scenarios here are really well informed and laid out. However, whilst I completely agree with them in a general war scenario I'm always skeptical that the only reason I "know" anything is because I heard/read about it (usually on the web). It's clear that often leaders of countries (especially the G8) will agree on deals behind closed doors & announce often conflicting statements to the media. You know how interantional politics plays out, and remember that Syria isn't a G8 nation but the US & Russia are. I wouldn;t expect a G8 member state nation to go to war with another without a HELL of a good reason. Personally, I don't think this is it...
Originally posted by subz
Russia still has hundreds of nuclear weapons, you think thats a bluff George W. Bush is willing to chance on at this point in time?