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Not a Peep from Russia

Israelis, it seems, can bombard Syria anytime they feel like it, and there will be not a peep from Russia. There still has been no public comment today from any Russian official that I’m aware of regarding the Israeli aggression that took place over the weekend.

Yesterday I reported on Israel’s two straight days of attacks upon the Syrian Army, on Saturday and Sunday, attacks which took place in Syria’s Quneitra province just after the country’s military forces had fought a fierce battle with Al-Nusra. The Israeli’s claimed they were responding to stray “projectiles,” fired by unnamed parties, which landed in Israeli-controlled territory (specifically the Golan Heights, which Israel, by the way, occupies illegally). The Syrian government, on the other hand, described the Israeli attack as “a desperate attempt to support terrorist groups.”

As I remarked in yesterday’s post, there had as yet been no comment, critical or otherwise, from Russia. Here is what I wrote:

It seems when the US attacks the Syrian Army, the Russian government responds publicly, but when it is Israel carrying out the attack, they keep quiet. I hope I’m wrong on that, and that we’ll hear something from the Russians criticizing the Israeli actions, possibly tomorrow. It is after all Sunday.

Today is Monday, a normal business day in Russia. But still no comment on Israel’s action. I checked the websites of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, and the President’s Office. Nothing on any of them. Nothing on RT or Sputnik either. Both news outlets reported that the attacks took place–but neither have quoted any comment or response from any Russian official, at least not as of this writing.

It’s ironic because after the US shot down a Syrian plane on June 18, the Russians responded rather forcefully, announcing they would begin to track US Coalition aircraft as potential targets. Here is what the Russian Defense Ministry said on the matter:

“Any aircraft, including planes and drones of the international coalition, detected in the operation areas west of the Euphrates River by the Russian air forces will be followed by Russian ground-based air defense and air defense aircraft as air targets.”

So why does Russia allow its ally, Syria, to be bombed by Israel and say nothing about it? Are Russian air defenses powerless against Israeli missiles and planes? Or is it perhaps that Vladimir Putin realizes who holds the true power and who is calling the shots in Washington? I’m guessing that Putin and Netanyahu, during one of their meetings, probably did reach some sort of agreement–we won’t fire at your planes if you don’t fire at our planes, or something of that sort. But agreements of this kind can be egregiously short sighted whenever one of the parties is determined to abuse the terms of them. And I’m also guessing that Russian intelligence is fully aware of the support Israel has been providing to terrorists in Syria.

“Damascus says the bombings have taken place in support of terrorists on the ground fighting against the Syrian government, and the so-called ‘international community’ has said nothing about it all”–These are the words of Marzieh Hashemi at the outset of the debate in the video below.

Hopefully, Russia one day will provide the necessary leadership in voicing opposition to Israeli crimes of aggression. Because if Russia doesn’t muster the nerve in this regard, there is little hope anyone else in the “international community” ever will.

18 thoughts on “Not a Peep from Russia

  1. Reblogged this on | truthaholics and commented:
    Both geopolitical chess players are as bad as each other treating everybody else as pawns while innocent fatalities mount … time to end exceptionalism to rule of international law is long overdue.

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  3. It could also be that Israel has not crossed into Syria.
    Just as when the Turks shelled Northern Syria with artillery from Turkey, Russia – Syria did not respond militarily.
    Russia takes the concept of sovereignty seriously, it does not intend to ignite a full-out world war by striking a foreign country. The fact that others do these things is not justification.
    Shooting down Israeli planes in Israeli airspace or shelling Turkish artillery on Turkish territory is a blatant act of war.
    Russia knows that making gestures in the UN or putting comments in newspapers achieves nothing and will save up such gestures for really serious matters.
    The only time that Russia has ‘invaded’ was when Russian peacekeepers came under fire in Georgia, thus invoking legitimate ‘Self defence’ as justification.
    There will be no ‘Nuremberg Trials’ for Russian Troops.
    The same cannot be said for USA and NATO and Israel.

    • Maybe, PJ, but it still doesn’t explain how Israeli missiles are repeatedly penetrating Russian air defenses. How is it that the Israelis can bomb sites not only in Quneitra but even close to Damascus airport and not trigger a response from Russia? The Russian S400 is capable, or supposedly capable, of shooting down incoming ballistic missiles. Why hasn’t it been used? The Russian mission in Syria seems almost as vague as the US mission. Is it there to defend Syria? To defeat terrorism? Or simply to maintain is military bases? And is it possible to accomplish one of these goals without also accomplishing the other two?

      • Hi Richard,
        Hellfire missile :
        Engine Solid-fuel rocket
        Wingspan 13 in (33 cm)
        Operational range : 546 yd – 5 miles (500 m – 8 km)
        Speed: Mach 1.3 (995 mph; 450 m/s; 1591 km/h)
        Guidance system
        Semi-active laser homing millimeter wave radar seeker
        Launch platform : Rotary- and fixed-wing platforms, unmanned combat air vehicles, tripods, ships, and ground vehicles.

        It has 8km range, possibly enhanced. So if they are over the Israeli border and have to travel 8-10 km you have about 30 seconds from launch to strike. To identify that it has been launched, acquire the range and speed, and to retaliate with an interceptor. Can’t happen.
        This is like the neighbours kids throwing Dog poop on your porch. If you slap them, their Dad (the town sheriff) will come out with a shotgun. What do you do?
        The problem is that US has signed ‘defence treaties’ with all these actors and with NATO. It is automatic that a strike on one is cause for full out retaliation. They are like Poodles teasing a Rottweiler from behind the fence. The only issue really is that US and other troops are on the ground (and in the skies) of Syria.
        I am sure that a large number of ‘Coalition’ troops have been both killed and captured, however it is in no-one’s interest to make a big deal out of it. Pretend it didn’t happen or blame it on ISIS. Just as with Russian losses.
        The stated ‘mission’ was to restore Syrian Sovereignty on the basis that an injury to one country’s rights, was an injury to all countries. They did not stand up in Libya or the Ukraine, they had to draw a line and they got the support of China as Odumbo did a pivot to Asia.
        They are doing a pretty good job. Not only that, but they have formed an alliance of states that support the mission and have broken the NATO – US dominance. They have created a situation where Turkey and Pakistan feel free to tell US to climb a rope, where countries along the ‘Silk Road’ are not listening to US threats but supporting the venture. Where even Germany feel safe in saying we will not add any sanctions.
        Incidentally, they have also battle tested a lot of weapons and equipment and are taking orders for more.
        The US is broken but it will take some time to for them to realise it. But worse, the US has no ‘Plan B’.
        The US is like the bus in the movie ‘Speed’, it keeps going faster and faster, there is no way to get off, and if it stops, it will explode. The MIC keeps the US going, it will take years to change, even if the will to do so was there. In the mean time, the country gets worse and to put off the evil day, they keep on creating wars to feed the MIC and terror to motivate the plebs.
        I have a deck-chair, a few drinks and a large bucket of popcorn. I hope that there is a firework display at the end.

      • Assuming all that about the wing span measurements, launch time, etc. is true, still no peep of protest from Russia after the fact. It seems they only protest when the US does something. Latest example in today’s news. Trump/Spicer accusing Syrian government of planning a chemical attack and threatening to inflict a “heavy price”–and Russia speaks out.

  4. What exactly is the relationship between Russia and Israel? :/,Vladimir Putin has not made it quite clear,this is intolerable,the Russians will have to do some fancy moves to hold off the wrath of Hezzbollah and the Syrian forces,just how long will they stand by and watch their brothers blown to pieces in unwarranted attacks..P.S. the Israelis should know these are battled hardened warriors their screwing with Not defenceless Palistinian women and children they will be confronted with,plus they could provoke a wider regional war and even world war,because naturally the US will back them,its a dangerous game their playing..P.S. ,The zio project of 7 countries in 5 years,hows that working out?

  5. The current Republic of Syria was re-created in 1932, 16 years before Israel was
    re-created from the Bible after an absence of some 2800 years.

    Syria is mentioned 137 times in the Jewish Old Testament. Damascus is older than Jerusalem.

    The 1st mention of Syria is in Genesis 25:20, long before Jacob, the individual God renamed Israel existed, and long before the temporal kingdom of Israel existed way back then. Israel bases it’s right to claim the land Today, based solely on that OLD TESTAMENT Bible record from thousands of years ago.

    “And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.”

  6. Richard: You’re missing a crucial element here. Five months ago Assad granted Russia sole soverienty over the port city of Tartus for the next 50 years. ie. Russia there to stay bigtime.
    Already Russia is expanding its facility there, and beefing up the place up to accommodate bigger warships & nuclear submarines. For them it’s the ace in the pack.
    Israel and it’s client state in Washington may shoot-up one or two planes and tanks now and then, but the truth is both Israel & the US haven’t a true friend in the whole region, let alone a port.
    Putin can bide his time.

    • Bernard, maybe Putin is pursuing a cunning and shrewd policy by keeping everything low-key. I’m certainly not dismissing that possibility. On the other hand, Russia’s credibility suffers when it allows attacks like this without at least issuing a verbal protest or raising the issue at the UN. A simple criticism of Israel’s actions by the Russian ambassador at the UN would have caught people’s attention and would have maybe prompted some to think, “well, at least the Russians are not rolling over and playing dead.”

  7. Putin was Israel’s ‘Man of the Year’ in 2015 and signed a law forbidding questioning of the most holy and sacred Holocau$t™…can I say Holocau$t™ w/o paying the copyright fee?

  8. As all of the readers here would if they were me, I have closely watched the unfolding trends and events in this world since THE KANSAS CITY TIMES published this Vision of the Future on September 13, 1976:
    “He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November TO DO GOD’S BIDDING: To tell the world, from Kansas City, this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered […] He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. “The gold dome is the symbol of Babylon,” he said.” […] He wanted to bring to the Public’s attention an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a war with Russia.”

    Americans and the World are waking up to see the possibility Trump might hasten, “its days are numbered” part of that 1976 Vision these 40 years later.

    Few will recognize “this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered” as the 1st 2 parts of the 3 part WRITING ON THE WALL recorded during the Captivity of Babylon 2600 years ago. The World saw it for the 1st TIME at the same TIME with the 2008 Global Financial Meltdown-Economic Pearl Harbour, even if it is not recognized as such.

    The 3rd part of the WRITING ON THE WALL tells of the decline of Babylon, and the rise of Persia. Babylon is the Biblical model for the 1st Nation to reach Imperial Military-Economic Superpower status.

    Babylon is renamed Iraq, and Persia is renamed Iran.

    The US is the latest, greatest Nation to reach that Imperial Military-Economic Superpower status in the 2600 year Biblical Babylonian superstructure. THE TAIL struck THE HEAD causing the unravelling of the Biblical Babylonian Military-Economic Superstructure.

    They say History repeats itself.

    http://ray032.com/2013/09/01/signs-of-the-times/

    • “The new Presidential limousine called “the beast” is an aptly named confirming Spiritual “symbol.”…

      You’ve also got a news outlet named “The Daily Beast,” which I’ve always thought was aptly named. Fascinating story, Ray. Whether you qualify as a modern day prophet, I can’t say, but I suppose you come about as close as anyone I’ve seen. We do seem to be approaching the end times. “And the leaves of the tree will be for the healing of the nations.” Something better will rise out of the ashes. I feel certain of that.

      • The Nations do need healing, that’s for sure. With all those claiming to be Christians, too bad they don’t have access to the tree in their Spiritual life for now or so it would seem. 😦

        And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward unto your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.
        Revelation 11:18

        Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
        Revelation 12:12

        Everyone can see the Nations are angry and getting angrier, but who knows which wrath is which?

  9. Isn’t possible that when US/Israel backed terrorists are losing the fight that they would shoot missiles into Golan occupied territory and Israel?

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