US, Russian, and Syrian flags rusting (Photo via Shutterstock)
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Russia, telling the former Cold War nemesis of the US to “Get ready” for a missile attack against Syria.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded to Trump’s tweet in a Facebook post, saying that “smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not towards the lawful government”.
Trump’s warning concerned Russian support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad whose regime forces were accused of dropping bombs loaded with deadly chlorine gas on Saturday into the rebel-held town of Dhouma. At least 49 people were reported killed in the attack. Both the Syrian and Russian governments denied that such an attack occurred.
President Trump immediately condemned the attack, dubbing the Syrian despot “Animal Assad” in a tweet which also threatened Russia for their complicity.
The president’s warnings bore the threat of a very real precedent. In April 2017, the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian military target believed to have been the source of a chemical attack that killed more than 70 Syrians. Russian responded by suspending an agreement aimed at preventing conflict with the US in Syria’s skies.
Russian Defense Committee Chairman Vladimir Shamanov told the Duma (lower house of parliament) on Tuesday that the government was ready to respond to Trump’s threat in any way necessary, including military.
“The politics of double standards have hit rock bottom,” Shamanov was quoted as saying by the TASS Russian news service. “And here the United Russia party conscientiously states that all political, diplomatic and military measures if necessary will be taken. No illegal action will remain unanswered,”
Shamanov included Israel in his threat against the United States, condemning an Israeli Air Force strike against a joint Syrian/Iranian military base on Monday.
“In total violation of international rules, a couple of Israeli jets entered Lebanese airspace, delivered a strike on a neighboring sovereign country…directly on an airfield of the Syrian army. So, the number of countries involved in the conflict is rising.”
This threat was reiterated on Tuesday by Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin whose comments were broadcast Tuesday on Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV.
“If there is a strike by the Americans, then…the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” Zasypkin said in Arabic, adding that his government was still ready to hold negotiations.
On Tuesday, Russia and the United States each blocked attempts by the other in the U.N. Security Council to set up international investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
This exchange of threats is a disturbing and unprecedented development in Russian-American relations. Except for a minor skirmish at the end of World War, Russian and the US have never engaged in direct military confrontation, preferring to wage major proxy wars in ways that kept the two nations’ militaries separate. The Cold War, overshadowed by nuclear proliferation and a policy of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), began as World War Two and ended without any shots being fired when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
In February, this long period of Russian-US non-aggression changed when Assad regime troops attacked a Kurdish-held oilfield in northeastern Syria. Heavy U.S. air strikes and artillery fire repelled the assault, inflicting heavy casualties on the attackers. It was later discovered that many of the dead were Russian mercenaries with estimates of the number killed going as high as 600.
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Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei speaks following his election victory. Photo: Reuters/Jose Cabezas.
A prominent Guatemalan supporter of Israel who once said, “He who is Israel’s enemy is Guatemala’s enemy,” won the country’s presidential election with 58.5 percent of the vote, results on Monday confirmed.
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The New York Times logo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
A New York Times editor is in trouble for what the Times calls repeated poor judgment on social media.
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“Mighty Waves,” the Navy’s large-scale multinational exercise simulating the aftermath of a major earthquake. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT)
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A food market in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher vis Wikimedia Commons.
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Aug 16, 2019 0A 2018 demonstration against antisemitism in Berlin. Photo: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch. Another rabbi has been attacked in the streets of Berlin, the German capital, by male assailants who pushed him to...
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When our youngest son was born in Jerusalem, we knew that he would serve in the army, an obligation and privilege as an Israeli Jew, pretty much as genetic as his actual DNA. But when our oldest son was born in N.J., we didn’t know this would be his destiny.