In a sound bite that Putin absolutely must have known would get back to the Obama administration, Putin reportedly said "" - clearly a jab at the US and its hypocrisy of wanting to simply take out Assad militarily as opposed to working with Russia to force Syria holding new elections.
On Friday, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov strongly warned Washington against striking Assad's forces, saying it would "fuel turmoil across the entire region", and that any attempt to topple Assad's government "wouldn't help a successful fight against terrorism and could plunge the region into total chaos."
Of course Konashenkov is right, the US has made a complete mess out of the Middle East and it appears as though Russia is not going to allow yet another debacle to take place in Syria. The question is this, will the US fold and pander to its Saudi "friends" who are pushing to have Assad out, or will the fact that toppling Assad will lead to a direct conflict with Russia be enough to have the US stand down. If all of the recent activity taking place on Russia's borders is any indication, we can get a good sense as to which way the US is leaning.
As we reported in just the past week, not only has NATO accelerated its encirclement of Russia, with British soldiers deployed in Estonia, US soldiers operating in Latvia and Canadians in Poland, while combat units are being increased in the Mediterranean...
Throughout all of these escalations, the popular narrative spun by the "democratic" media was a simple one: not NATO's aggressive military actions on the border with Russia that were the cause of soaring geopolitical tension. Ignored in the fictional plot line was also Russia's clear to NATO provocations that it would "respond totally asymmetrically" an outcome that could in its worst oucome lead to millions of European deaths. Still, no matter the risk of escalation, one which just two weeks ago led to assessment that the "Risk Of Nuclear Dirty Bomb Surges On Poor US-Russia Relations", NATO had to maintain its provocative attitude .
"Anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken," Germany's top diplomat added.
Needless to say, Russia bitterly opposes NATO's expansion into its Soviet-era satellites and last month said it would create three new divisions in its southwest region to meet what it described as a dangerous military build-up along its borders. This is precisely what NATO wants as it would be able to then blame Russian effect to NATO cause as an irrational move by the Kremlin, one to which the kind folks at NATO HQ would have no choice but to respond in their caring defense of all those innocent people, when in reality it is NATO that is desperate to provoke and launch the conflict with Russia.
With its so-called “peacekeeping” military troops facing outrage worldwide for raping and exploiting children with impunity, the United Nations is launching a major push to expand and further empower its UN “police” force known as UNPOL. At the same time, the controversial global organization is working to usurp more influence over national police forces, with the UN bringing together more than 100 national police chiefs this month at what is its first-ever UN “Chiefs of Police Summit” (UN COPS). The scheming comes less than two years after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on local police forces in the United States to comply with what he cryptically referred to as “international standards.”
At the center of the UN's efforts to empower its self-styled “Police” force is a new report commissioned by the UN that — surprise! — claims the UN Police need more money, power, and prestige. “In reality, the [UN] Police Division’s current capacity and resourcing is insufficient and has not kept pace with the increased tasks and complexity of police mandates in peace operations,” the report claimed. In other words, hand over more resources — money, power, officers, technology, and more — to keep up with the UN's vision for globalized “law” enforcement. The report also called for a “paradigm shift” in how the UN “polices” people around the world.
Among the recommendations is that “the current staffing level of the Police Division needs to be increased in order to align proportionally with the expanded role of police in contemporary peace operations.” However, the number of UN “police officers” has already ballooned from 2,000 in 1999 to more than 13,000 today. The report also called for upgrading the UN's “Police Adviser” bureaucrat to “Assistant Secretary-General” status. Finally, the document called for the roll-out of a “strategic framework” that envisions UN police serving as a “substitute for local police,” “helping secure elections,” and even fighting “crime and violent extremism.” The UN has also proudly launched a global war on “ideologies,” including “anti-Muslim bigotry.”
While the report was marketed as an “external” and “independent” effort, it was nothing of the sort. The team responsible for the pro-UN Police empowerment agenda was appointed by UN “peacekeeping” boss Ladsous. It was ordered by UN boss Ban. And it was co-chaired by two UN apparatchiks who owe their living and their bombastic UN job titles to the UN. So it is hardly surprising that, as practically every UN report does, the document was fully supportive of further empowering the UN.
In addition to the new report calling for a more powerful UN police force, the UN is also working hard to expand its influence over national police forces in the nations that have them. At its first-ever UN Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS), the UN brought more than 100 national police bosses to New York City. The summit, held in the dictator-dominated UN General Assembly hall where tyrants are given the opportunity to defend tyranny every year in front of their fellow dictators, was dubbed “historic” by multiple UN bureaucrats and propaganda organs. And for good reason — the implications of the effort are massive.
According to the UN, the global body has more than 12,500 UN “police” officers deployed in 18 different UN “peace” missions around the world. Many of those UN “peace missions” have been noteworthy primarily for the horrifying abuses of women and children by UN forces, as documented extensively in this magazine and even in official UN reports. From raping eight-year old children in Haiti and the Central African Republic in recent years, to persecuting whistleblowers who try to protect the children, to backing Muslim militias that butchered Christians in the Ivory Coast, to trafficking child sex slaves out of Bosnia in the 1990s, to indiscriminately slaughtering civilians and medical workers in Katanga in the 1960s, among countless other atrocities, the UN's “peace” forces have rightfully developed an unparalleled reputation for savagery and barbarism with impunity.
A Force To Be Reckoned With: China And Russia Are Building Some Seriously Advanced Sea-Based Weapons
Along with the mounting tensions between the United States and China in the Pacific, and the former and Russia in the Atlantic comes a steady buildup of submarines in both respective theaters of naval combat. The Russians have been accomplishing a great deal in stealth technology, especially with Kilo-class boats converted into stealth subs. Dubbed “the black holes of the Russian Navy,” these quiet refitted diesel subs with the stealth technology are starting to roll steadily off of the assembly lines.
The Chinese are also upgrading their submarine fleet from a technological perspective (the boat) and also making improvements in their missile systems. Such actions come on the heels of American positioning in the Pacific. With all of the tensions escalating and seesawing in the two Koreas, the deployment of the Thaad Anti-ballistic missile systems in South Korea is not seen by the Chinese as a defensive measure: the hypersonic missiles can potentially hit China and alter the balance of its ground forces. This U.S. ABM-deployment occurred in March of this year.
Now the Chinese are ready to unveil submarines in the Pacific that will be armed with nuclear missiles. This is a definite game-changer that has its roots in the Senkaku islands dispute between China and Japan, but the U.S. has been flexing its muscles and inserted a fleet in the region. Also the B-1 bombers have been reactivated and are running route missions, much to the chagrin of the Chinese. They already have four Jin-class submarines in the South China sea, merely awaiting the order to proceed into the Pacific. Each Jin Submarine can carry 12 Ju-Lang (“Giant Wave”) missiles, and recently its largest missile, the DF-5 has been converted to a multiple-warhead carrying capacity.
Meanwhile in the Atlantic, the Russians are by no means being complacent with their submarine fleet. The Commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet recently wrote a paper outlining this increased Russian activity in the Atlantic. Written for the U.S. Naval Institute’s June 2016 issue of “Proceeding,” the article is entitled “The Fourth Battle of the Atlantic.” Here is an excerpt that characterizes the Vice-Admiral’s viewpoint of the Russian submarine activity:
As president, Mohamed Morsi opened the Egyptian jails releasing hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood terrorists, including Mohamed Al Zawahiri the brother to al-Qaeda’s leader in Afghanistan Ayman Al Zawahiri.
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