Do you smirk when you hear someone question the official stories of Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris or Nice? Do you feel superior to 2,500 architects and engineers, to firefighters, commercial and military pilots, physicists and chemists, and former high government officials who have raised doubts about 9/11? If so, you reflect the profile of a mind-controlled CIA stooge.
Although some concerns and differences with regard to the future of Assad in Syria remain, what is important to note is the way both countries have decided to enhance co-operation to end these differences. Within a day of Erdogan proposing and Putin accepting the idea of a ‘mechanism’ comprising diplomats, military and intelligence officials of the two sides to discuss the nitty-gritty of Syrian conflict, a composite Turkish delegation took off for Moscow to meet Russian counterparts on August 11.
That the U.S. has speeded the war against Russia in Syria is evident from the way U.S. supplied weapons are being used against Russia. This cannot be just a coincidence. Although Russia did not officially blame the U.S., some reports have certainly indicated that the missile that shot down a Russian helicopter had been supplied by the U.S.
Reuters pointed out that in the area in Idlib near Aleppo where the Russian helicopter was shot down, Islamic State fighters are not active, “but there are other Islamist rebel groups there, as well as moderates backed by the United States and its allies”.
And shooting down of the helicopter by groups that were once being supported by Turkey too was clearly aimed at putting some bad colour on the up-coming meeting of Erdogan with Putin. Similarly, what introduces an element of intrigue in the on-going fight in Aleppo is that the US-backed rebel offensive got under way hardly 48 hours before the trip by Turkish President Recep Erdogan to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin on August 9.
Certainly Russia or Iran do not, at any stage or cost, stand to benefit from the fight in Aleppo. It is the U.S. and its allies who are aiming at using this scenario to escalate the war and defy a Russian-Turk deal in Syria. While this is not to suggest that Russia is gearing up for a confrontation with the Obama administration, the US, on its part, does seem to be creating new ground realities where Dennis Ross’s prognosis can become a viable action point at a future date if a future US president decides on those lines.