Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Syria Crisis: Russia And China Step Up Warnings

Today's articles focus on the predictable aftermath of U.S. involvement in Syria and not surprisingly, it all lines up with biblical prophecy:

Syria Crisis: Russia And China Step Up Warning Over Strike

Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have "catastrophic consequences" for the region.

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show "prudence" over the crisis and observe international law.
"Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa," he said in a statement.
Late on Monday, the US said it was postponing a meeting on Syria with Russian diplomats, citing "ongoing consultations" about alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
On Monday, Mr Cameron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin who said there was no evidence yet that Syria had used chemical weapons against rebels, Mr Cameron's office said.
The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said Western powers were rushing to conclusions about who may have used chemical weapons in Syria before UN inspectors had completed their investigation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday the West had not produced any proof that President Assad's forces had used chemical weapons.
He was responding to suggestions from some Western countries that military action against the Syrian government could be taken without a UN mandate.
Mr Lavrov said the use of force without Security Council backing would be "a crude violation of international law".

Russia warned Western powers on Monday against any military intervention in Syria, saying the use of force without a United Nations mandate would violate international law. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had no plans to be drawn into a military conflict over the civil war in Syria and that Washington and its allies would be repeating “past mistakes” if they intervened in Syria.

Ariel Cohen, a senior research fellow at the US think tank the Heritage Foundation, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Monday that in response to an attack on their Syrian ally, Russia could “expand supply of dual use nuclear technology” to Iran as its nuclear energy company, Rosatom, is anxious to sell more reactors.

If the Syrians have the Russian P-800 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile or the advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system or other sophisticated equipment deployed, “they may use them to shoot at NATO or Western forces involved in these operations,” said Cohen.

Furthermore, such a Western operation against Syria would strengthen Russia’s commitment to deploy a permanent naval squadron in the Mediterranean and accelerate the search for naval bases and anchorages, such as Tartus and Latakiyeh in Syria, he said.

Russia may encourage Hezbollah as a payback and because Israel is a US ally, the conflict could trigger something that drags Israel into it.

“Whenever the Russians cannot do anything direct against the West they use proxies – that has been their strategy for a long time,” said Geifman.

Moscow has voiced “regret” over a US decision to put off bilateral talks over Syria. Russia has sought to placate calls for military action over the alleged use of chemical weapons, saying there is no evidence of the Assad regime’s complicity.
The US government announced it was postponing bilateral talks with Russia late Monday, citing “ongoing consultations” over the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. 
Russian and American officials had been scheduled to meet in The Hague on Wednesday for bilateral talks on the Syrian conflict. 
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov tweeted a response to the move Tuesday morning, expressing concern over Washington’s decision. 
“It is a pity that our western partners have decided to cancel the bilateral US-Russian meeting to discuss calls for an international conference on Syria,” Gatilov wrote on Twitter. He added in a later post that discussing terms for a political solution were needed now more than ever in the face of possible military intervention in Syria. 

Despite threats of international intervention, Damascus will continue its military efforts against the rebels, Syria’s Foreign Minister has said. Decrying plans for a foreign strike as “deluded,” he said any attempt to hinder the Syrian army would fail.
Speaking at a press conference in Damascus, Muallem condemned western allegations that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons on its own citizens as “a lie.” 
“No country in the world uses weapons of mass destruction against its own people,” said Muallem. 
He also rejected claims that the government had delayed the UN inspectors’ probe of the Ghouta site.

“The UN team did not ask to go to site until Saturday,” said Muallem, stressing that government permission was granted Sunday. Muallum went on to say that the UN team's mission had been temporarily put on hold until Wednesday as a safety precaution after unidentified snipers opened fire on the inspectors on Monday.

Desperate to maintain a narrative that will justify a cruise missile attack on Syria, the Obama administration is seemingly trying everything within its power to sabotage the UN chemical weapons investigation in Syria.

The reason is obvious – the last time the United Nations investigated claims of chemical weapons use in Syria, its inspectors concluded that it was the rebels and not Assad’s forces who were likely behind the sarin gas attack.

Eager to avoid a repeat that would completely derail the march to war, the White House in concert with Britain has repeatedly attempted to scupper the UN investigation or render it meaningless.

In the latest example, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration told UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that “there wasn’t adequate security for the U.N. inspectors to visit the affected areas to conduct their mission,” a clear warning (or a blatant threat) that inspectors should pull out entirely.

This warning followed an incident, almost certainly the work of US-backed rebels, where a convoy of UN vehicles was fired upon by a sniper, causing the inspectors to temporarily suspend their work. Rebels have repeatedly acted with hostility against UN workers and peacekeepers, with one FSA group kidnapping 21 peacekeepers back in March.
While discouraging the UN from completing its investigation, the US and Britain have already declared that last week’s attack involved the use of chemical weapons and that it was the work of Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, despite numerous other examples where rebels have prepared and used chemical weapons themselves.

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David said...

Scott, just got word that all U.S. military (aboard the battle ships) cell and phone communications have just been taken down till further notice.

Mrs.C said...
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Mrs.C said...

Hi Brother David,
Isn't that just the SOP for that region, as they have done in the Gulf?

Robin said...

Tier 4 COMSEC . . .i understand it happens pretty frequently.

Here's an interesting story about a "Super President" in the EU . . .


Robin said...

So far, this morning, I've seen a map of likely targets in Syria and read where Obama's "initiative" isn't expected to last more than 48 hours. Good thing Obama wasn't President as the Enola Gay took off for Japan . . .

WVBORN56 said...

Russia is removing their people from Syria. Another headline declared we (USA) would act by Thursday.

Is this the big tipping point that launches Isaiah 17? Time will tell. In the mean time we all need to be prayed up. Our next prayer could find us kneeling at Jesus' feet!


Mrs.C said...

A BIG AMEN!!! Looking for our Hope, not towards the distraction of evil leaders in these Last Days.He is our Blessed Hope, our Beloved Bride Groom soon to come for us! Praise God!

God Bless!

David said...

It is somewhat, usually in a battle situation or preparation for it. Or when the crew knows where they are...most times no one except the executive officers ever know where they are at any given time. The purpose is not to have someone say "hey mom were a hundred miles off the Syrian coast", and risk someone intercepting the transmission.

They let the crew know that coms.
Are being disengaged as of 0300 hrs yesterday. Cell phones.....I meant satellite phones....

Mrs.C said...

"Netanyahu Warns Israel Will Respond "Fiercely" If It Sees Any Attempt Of A Syrian Attack"


Whew..."fiercely" is an understatement!

Waterer said...

Three prayers were the basis of our Summer Series this
year. We looked more deeply into the Priesthood of believers.
The Prayers were from A Scent of Water by E. Goudge.
Lord Have Mercy
Thee I Adore
Into Thy Hands

Perfect prayers for times we are in..

Stephen said...

This is starting to look very real.

Stocks are BREAKING DOWN and gold
mining companies are selling off.

That MEANS that Gold is in trouble,
it will soon be selling off.


Dow down 170.

If 17 Isaiah is at hand, Wall Street bulls are NOT GOING TO like
it, not one bit.

think I care ?? I don't.

They have been rich enough all
this time.

Israel response fierce ??

must mean 17 Isaiah is at hand.

Scott, I got a question....

will we be hear to witness 17
Isaiah ?? input please.


Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Scott said...

Stephen - Other than the fact that the 'gathering up' can happen at any time - I can't find any other specific reason that we wouldn't be here for that. So yea, I think its quite possible, God willing. I know one thing - as tragic and horrible as it will be, at least the 'silver lining' is the fact that it will present a tremendous witnessing opportunity.

David H said...

Amen Scott.
Does anyone know how long the UN inspectors will be in Syria?

Scott said...

WV - AMEN brother! (I just saw your comment!)

David H - thats a very good question - I don't think it starts till wed now that they got shot at monday (this is my understanding anyway)

Scott said...

Waterer - very timely - we all need to be deep in prayer constantly now - moreso than ever. Israel should be in our prayers too right now - all churches should be praying for Israel now IMO

Waterer said...

I agree Scott and for the invisible church..

Scott said...

Looks like you have been reading from Dr Showers books! :)

Waterer said...

I need to get back to it This was from Fruchie's footsteps:)

David said...

U.N. inspectors are supposed to be pulling out Wednesday.

David P.

Scott said...

I must have misunderstood....Hmmm...Now I too wonder when we'll see a report.

David H said...

When they leave, i wonder will we see rockets being fired before the weekend comes..