By: Gary J Verdes
The Syrian chemical weapons program, set up in the 1970’s, with assistance from Iran and Russia, the New York Times reported that from 2000 to 2010 Russia sold around $1.5 billion worth of arms to Syria, making Damascus Moscow’s seventh-largest client. Russia provides the Syrian regime a wide variety of military equipment and support, some of which can be modified or otherwise used to support the chemical weapons program. Syria for the past few years has reached out to Russia to obtain modern weapons that included many modern anti-tank and anti-air missile systems, MiG-29SMT fighters, Pantsir S1E air-defense systems, Iskander tactical missile systems, Yak-130 aircraft, and two Amur-1650 submarines from Russia.
Russia’s association with the ruling Assad family go back four decades. Russia-Syria trade is concentrated in the defense and energy industries. The vast majority of Russian exports to Syria are armaments, which makes Syria relatively more important as an export destination for the Russian defense industry.
Russian provocation of the United States regarding Syria also has roots in its decades-long relationship with the Syrian regime, which allows Russia to enjoy access to naval facilities, arm sales, military and intelligence cooperation.
Russia threatened to veto any sanctions against the Syrian government, and continued to supply arms to the regime. Putin echoed the argument of the Assad regime that anti-regime ’’militants’’ were responsible for much of the bloodshed, rather than the shelling by Syrian forces and the civilian killings attributed by survivors and Western governments to regime supporters.
Russia took a strong stand in support of Syria’s government and against international action—promoted by Western and Arab countries—to punish the government for its crackdown on the Syrian uprising. As one of five veto-wielding members of UN Security Council, Russia promised to veto any sanctions against the Syrian government put before the Security Council and continued supplying large amounts of arms that Syria had earlier contracted to buy.
Russia and Syria have been longtime allies and Moscow has repeatedly blocked UN action against Damascus since the civil war started in March 2011.Russia was one of two countries to vote against a formal UN Security Council condemnation of the Bashir al-Assad government for its attack on civilians in the city of Homs in February 2012. It also opposed any sanctions or intervention against the regime. Putin has resisted even the most modest of resolutions condemning Syria’s actions in the U.N. Security Council
So here’s the man were counting on:
Putin served as an officer in the KGB. Putin has even given National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asylum in Russia. For sixteen years Putin, who hosted the G20 summit meeting in St Petersburg this September, has run the country as his Private Feudal System for the past thirteen years. The media obeys his orders, political opponents are jailed on trumped-up corruption charges, and individuals who dig too deep into the murky history of Putin’s rapid rise to power (Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Litvinenko, Yuri Shchekochikhin) die mysteriously of bullet wounds or poison.
This is the man were trusting to get Assad to give up his chemical weapons, we need to stop Syria now, before they start moving their chemical weapons to other country and putting them in the hand of other terrorist groups, who will then use then on other countries including America.
The Time is NOW to Take Out Assad and his Chemical Weapons!