Saturday, September 03, 2016

Dubious Russia/US Agreement on Syria

Dubious Russia/US Agreement on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Putin hinted at one coming days earlier. On September 2, Sergey Lavrov announced it, saying “(v)irtually all components of this task are already clear. An understanding has been reached on most issues.” 

“The most important thing is that any agreements with the Americans on practical actions, on coordination of operations against terrorists will not be implemented if our American partners do not keep their promise to dissociate themselves from terrorists, above all, the Jabhat al-Nusra” terrorist group banned in Russia.

“Many of the groups considered acceptable by the US have actually affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra, while Jabhat al-Nusra is using them to avoid being attacked.”

It’s unclear precisely what’s agreed on and where differences remain. On the one hand, the devil is always in the details. 

More important is Washington’s sordid history of systematically violating deals agreed on. It consistently and egregiously breaches Iran nuclear deal provisions.

Countless other treaties and agreements since the late 18th century were flouted before the ink dried. US promises aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

Obama, and Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, launched naked aggression on Syria in March 2011 - regime change the objective, using ISIS and other terrorist groups as US foot soldiers, supporting them with weapons, munitions, funding, training and direction.

Whatever Washington and Moscow agreed on in principle, US imperial policy remains unchanged. Endless war continues, prospects for resolution virtually nonexistent.

Russia’s good faith diplomatic efforts consistently fail - for years in Syria, since 2014 in Ukraine. Expect current ongoing talks to fare no better than earlier ones.

Moscow knows what it’s up against - yet continues going all-out for peaceful conflict resolution. It won’t get easier next year if Hillary succeeds Obama as expected.

Escalated war, not curtailing it, seems virtually certain. Targeting Russia, China and Iran may be next.

I believe WW III began piecemeal post-9/11. It could explode full-blown with Hillary as president, possibly with nuclear weapons, the most frightening prospect imaginable - why preventing her becoming president is so crucial.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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