- The relationship that Russia and China have with Iran and Syria,
- The unwillingness, useless as it would be anyway, for Russia and China to take a strong stand or any stand for that matter against Iran and Syria at the UN,
- The fact that any military action taken against Iran and Syria would result in Russia and China siding with those two countries,
- The isolation of Israel coupled with the need and willingness for Israel to defend herself at all costs,
- The fact that under the Obama administration being any ally of the US does not engender the same level of confidence and feeling of security as it did under other, stronger presidents,
- The perceived and actual weakness of President Obama that seems to be well understood by our enemies who continue to push the envelope with seemingly no fear of any actual retribution, and
- The fact that an endgame in the region seems to be approaching sooner rather than later,
"Russian warships that have reached waters off Syria in recent days were carrying, among other things, Russian technical advisors who will help the Syrians set up an array of S-300 missiles Damascus has received in recent weeks, a report in the London-based Arabic language Al Quds-Al Arabi said Thursday. Citing sources in Syria and Russia, the paper said that Moscow sees a Western attack on Syria as a “red line” that it will not tolerate.
Despite the mounting opposition in the West and even in the Arab world against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for his assaults on protesters seeking to unseat him as leader of the country, Russia maintains its support for Assad, the report said. Russian and Syria military officials are working together to maintain Assad's rule, and to deflect a possible attack by NATO or the U.S and EU..." Full article here.
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