“I don’t think one should support people who not only kill their enemies, but also take apart their bodies and eat their organs in front of people and cameras,” Putin said. ”Why does the West want to arm Syrian dissidents who eat human organs?”
Bassin, Michael. “Putin, Cameron thrown off by Damascus bombing.” The Times of Israel, June 17, 2013.
Okay, Obama: your turn — the world awaits your riposte.
Must I / we catch up with Syria today?
Qatar/Sunni –> U.S. –> Syrian Dictatorship vs. IranShiite –> Syrian Cash Cow –> Russia
Syria is ugly, a black hole for everyone sucked into it and a black knot for NATO and Russian relations, even though Russian cultural and economic interests share more with NATO’s value or compete similarly with NATO in ways far from the concerns of the Iranian leadership.
Who can blame Putin for refusing the possibility of a second Islamist incubator on Russia’s flank?
Or for facilitating arms trade to forces under the sway of such a sweetheart as Maher al-Assad?
And what are Obama and his buddies doing trying to get something “moderate” going on the Sunni side of the street when the same proves repeatedly undemocratic, against human rights, and, as a governing force, absurdly repressive and unstable?
And on the field, as a matter of mere mechanical and practical concern, how does NATO intend to forestall the delivery of weapons to Al Qaeda and its affiliates?
In the above cited article, Iran’s “election” of Hassan Rouhani comes up:
A major question both Putin and Cameron are apparently asking themselves is how Iranian president-elect Hasan Rowhani will approach Syria. It is unclear if Rowhani, who is favored by Iran’s reformist groups, will guide his country differently from his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Rouhani may be Iran’s leading nuclear power and nuclear war expert (see, for example, ETN’s “New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants to repair relations with the west”, June 15, 2013).
The Iranian President-elect Sheikh Hasan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran will present more transparency in its nuclear program than before, but the Islamic Republic won’t abandon its uranium enrichment process.
Al-Manar News. “Rouhani: Nuclear Program Will Keep on, Syria Gov’t Will Stay till 2014.” June 17, 2013.
Rouhani’s demeanor is friendly, and friends have only nice things to say about him.
Posted by The Union of Islamic World Students, here is a part of Hassan Nasrallah’s congratulations:
“Hezbollah along with all the mujahideen in this country of resistance congratulate you … for aptly earning the big trust of the great people,” Nasrallah said in the cable, Naharnet reported .
“Sayed Nasrallah Congratulates Rouhani for Earning Iranian People’s Trust.” The Union of Islamic World Students, June 16, 2013.
Arouzi, Ali. “Iran’s president-elect urges U.S. to ‘look to the future’.” NBC World News, June 17, 2013:
When Rowhani was chief nuclear negotiator from 2003 to 2005, he negotiated a suspension of Tehran’s uranium enrichment. He has said Iran would not halt those activities again.