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Russia to ship missiles to Syria after EU ends arms embargo on rebels
Hot Air ^ | 8:01 am on May 28, 2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/28/2013 7:59:57 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Escalations continued on all sides in Syria’s civil war except, curiously, among the Syrians.  The EU decided not to renew the embargo on arms sales to Syrian rebels, which prompted the Russians to pledge delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, which prompted Israel to implicitly warn that they would make great targets for their air force.  In the middle of all this, John McCain got a photo op with a Syrian opposition that’s being dominated by radical Islamist militias, including an al-Qaeda affiliate that forms the core of their military operations.

In other words, it’s a mess, but let’s start with the embargo’s end, announced last night:

The European Union plans to end its embargo on arming the Syrian opposition, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday.

The Associated Press reports: “Hague insisted that Britain had ‘no immediate plans to send arms to Syria. It gives us flexibility to respond in the future if the situation continues to deteriorate.’ ”

The EU will continue its sanctions against Bashar Assad’s government, which had been set to expire on June 1, Hague said.

Russia answered almost immediately, explaining that they want to keep “hotheads” from interfering in the Syrian civil war:

Russia says it will go ahead with deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, and that the arms will help deter foreign intervention.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the missiles were a “stabilising factor” that could dissuade “some hotheads” from entering the conflict.

Russia also criticised a decision by the EU not to renew an arms embargo on the Syrian opposition.

The missiles are clearly intended to keep NATO from imposing a no-fly zone over Syria, which would rob Assad of a vital means to fight the rebels.  However, it also means that Israel can’t react to threats as easily, either, including the transfers of arms to Hezbollah it has recently targeted in air raids across the border.  Israel responded with a veiled threat to destroy Russia’s missiles before Syria can use them:

The BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut says the Russian statement could be seen as an escalation. He says there had been reports that Moscow was holding back on delivering the arms, in exchange for an Israeli commitment not to carry out further air raids over Syria.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said the Russian missile systems had not yet left Russia.

“I hope they will not leave, and if, God forbid, they reach Syria, we will know what to do,” he said.

What might help the situation?  Perhaps a crescendo of responsible voices demanding that everyone take two or three steps back.  Instead, McCain decided to pay a visit to the rebellion yesterday in an unannounced mission that makes it pretty clear which side McCain favors:

Sen. John McCain Monday became the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the bloody civil war there began more than two years ago, The Daily Beast has learned.

McCain, one of the fiercest critics of the Obama administration’s Syria policy, made the unannounced visit across the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. He stayed in the country for several hours before returning to Turkey. Both in Syria and Turkey, McCain and Idris met with assembled leaders of Free Syrian Army units that traveled from around the country to see the U.S. senator. Inside those meetings, rebel leaders called on the United States to step up its support to the Syrian armed opposition and provide them with heavy weapons, a no-fly zone, and airstrikes on the Syrian regime and the forces of Hezbollah, which is increasingly active in Syria.

On the other hand, perhaps McCain was there to talk them into the Geneva peace conference, which Assad’s regime will attend.  Fat chance:

“What we want from the U.S. government is to take the decision to support the Syrian revolution with weapons and ammunition, anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft weapons,” Idris said. “Of course we want a no-fly zone and we ask for strategic strikes against Hezbollah both inside Lebanon and inside Syria.”

There’s no assurance the Obama administration will be able to convince the Syrian opposition to attend the Geneva conference, and Idris said the conference would only be useful if there are certain preconditions, which the regime is unlikely to agree to.

“We are with Geneva if it means that [Syrian President] Bashar [al Assad] will resign and leave the country and the military officials of the regime will be brought to justice,” he said.

In other words, this mess is just the beginning.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: caliphate; europe; iran; israel; isreal; jordan; lebanon; missiles; nato; nwo; planned; russia; s300; syria; turkey; waronterror; ww3; yakhont

1 posted on 05/28/2013 7:59:57 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: MestaMachine; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; Grampa Dave; ...
Closing line......

This mess is just Beginning!

2 posted on 05/28/2013 8:01:26 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Just who is McCain visiting with?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Russia wasn’t going to do it, and then this crap. Hold on. It’s gonna get bumpy. Israel...stuck in the middle again.


3 posted on 05/28/2013 8:06:11 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why does Russia want advertise to potential customers around the world that their best radar and missile systems are vulnerable to modern electronic warfare?


4 posted on 05/28/2013 8:08:11 AM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Seems this has escalated after McCain's visit....he also helped push war in Libya. Again we, congress......are being bypassed
5 posted on 05/28/2013 8:11:18 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This will go well...


6 posted on 05/28/2013 8:12:13 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama has us on the wrong side of this thing and I have no doubt that McCain was carrying his water.

Amateur Hour plus The Gong Show.

It would be funny if it were not so ominous. Putin actually knows what he’s doing and why.


7 posted on 05/28/2013 8:14:32 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m starting to see a fight between Putin and Soros.


8 posted on 05/28/2013 8:19:49 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why aren’t the words “natural gas” ever in these stories? That is what this is about. No more dying for middle east energy!


9 posted on 05/28/2013 8:29:29 AM PDT by gotribe (Limit The Government's Right To Bear Arms)
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To: The Free Engineer
Why does Russia want advertise to potential customers around the world that their best radar and missile systems are vulnerable to modern electronic warfare?

So they can get the EW signatures off the attacking aircraft and figure out how to counter the attacks. Then they upgrade so as to no longer be vulnerable.

10 posted on 05/28/2013 8:33:31 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: All
From the comments at Hot Air regarding the article:

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would rather McCain stick to the Sun a.m. talk show circuit..

hillsoftx on May 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

With McCain, that is probably the point. This little move will get him a year’s worth of invitations to these shows. They may even start calling him “Maverick” again.

Alabama Infidel on May 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

11 posted on 05/28/2013 8:42:00 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Just who is McCain visiting with?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
CALM BEFORE THE JIHADI STORM

… To understand this dire prediction, we must first examine the United States’ history of empowering Islamic jihadis—only to be attacked by those same jihadis many years later—and the chronic shortsightedness of American policymakers, whose policies are based on their brief tenure, not America’s long-term wellbeing.

… And now in Syria, Obama is, once again, supporting foreign jihadis, who make up 95% of Syria’s so-called “opposition.” As in Libya—and as in Afghanistan in the 80s—foreign jihadis are flooding Syria and terrorizing non-Muslims (a recent fatwa permits the raping of non-Sunni women), in their bid to create another base, another qaeda.

One of them recently declared, “When we finish with Assad, we will fight the U.S.!”—

12 posted on 05/28/2013 8:52:17 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: blueunicorn6; don-o
Well....see this thread:

'The world is in a state of financial war' - Russian presidential advisor

13 posted on 05/28/2013 8:55:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Just who is McCain visiting with?)
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To: opentalk

And see #13.


14 posted on 05/28/2013 9:02:06 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Just who is McCain visiting with?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Good, Obama and McCain have picked the worse of a bad choice. Both of them are responsible for the carnage that is Libya when we should have never gone near the war and they want to replicate their success is spreading terrorism some more.
15 posted on 05/28/2013 9:06:35 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: All
Another related thread:

Rand Paul: Senate Is Arming Al-Qaeda and Rushing to War in Syria

16 posted on 05/28/2013 9:22:12 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Just who is McCain visiting with?)
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To: Truth29

The Senate is getting into the act as well...see above post #16.


17 posted on 05/28/2013 9:25:09 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Just who is McCain visiting with?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach.
The EU decided not to renew the embargo on arms sales to Syrian rebels, which prompted the Russians to pledge delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, which prompted Israel to implicitly warn that they would make great targets for their air force.
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21 posted on 05/28/2013 11:02:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "This mess is just Beginning!"
It sure looks that way. If McPain or anyone else think
the Russians will just pack up and leave their current
warm water port they taint living on the planet earth.
22 posted on 05/28/2013 12:49:13 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Hard to think of ways the current Oligarchy running the US could screw up the world any worse then they already have. But given time, I am sure they can screw it up even worse.


23 posted on 05/28/2013 1:10:17 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

I would concur with your statements in full.


24 posted on 05/28/2013 2:22:39 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Duh, why is Obama such a failure at Foreign Policy? Did he not win the Nobel Prize for Hope and Change?


25 posted on 05/28/2013 7:16:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Let me parse this:

Supreme [Of course, Allah is supreme, I’m just the face for the faceless warlords, jihadis, moneymen and war mongers who started and are running this thing]

Military [Read: militant i.e. we have weapons, love explosions and senseless violence - very similar to bandits]

Council [Group where we rage on and on about politically correct Muslim nonesense all the while smiling and proclaiming brotherhood while plotting to annihilate one another and seize power (read: loot the economy for my personal benefit)]

of the [standard usage]

Free [dual reference: 1. how much I’ll pay for things after the killings are over, and 2. the exact opposite of both my intent and my religions history]

Syrian [where the fighting is taking place, not our own national origins which are many, but we’re all jihadis in good faith]

Army [ragtag group of heavily armed banditti similar to an extremely violent Columbia drug gang circa the 1980s, profit is our main motive, jihad is our method]


26 posted on 05/28/2013 8:43:22 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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