I try to pay attention to the world and in doing so there are times I get fairly outraged. There are a number of story lines,talking points etc floating out there that finds me in my unhappy place. Here are a few all connected to Syria in one way or another:
Iran: There is a lot that could be said on this one. the points that drive me bonkers of late tally up on both sides of the ledger. On the US side I’m blown away by both the ham-fisted handling of the situation. I am also exasperated by the press and pundits in their attempts to stoke the flames. Over-blowing events like the Iranian warships in the Mediterranean. They flogged that particular dog to near death and most of them missed the point that should’ve been the focus,Syria & Russia. The Iranians getting to Syria by sea has zero to do with showing the West the finger. Two ships??? The West could’ve plugged them at any stage and the Iranians know that. The real coup is the jockeying along with the Russians to be involved in regional politics with some zing.
Venezuela: Herr Hugo is one smug son of a bitch. What a tool this guy is. America can make him do anything via reverse psychology. The latest example of this is that the USA joined the other civilized nations of the world and called Syria out. What did Hugo do? He shipped over diesel fuel so Assad can fuel the military vehicles he is using to kill civilians. Shop at CITGO? You better f@#%ing not!
Russia: When Russia joined China in striking down a UN resolution aimed at Syria I tried to view it from the Russian side of things. The neo-Soviets are trying to regain some of their past lustre and I get that. Initially I thought the Syria thing was more diplomatic counter stepping on the part of Moscow especially after the Libya thing. NAH! The Soviets are all in for the medium haul. Moscow isn’t short terming anything. Long term needs new foundations,hence my medium haul term. In Syria this means renewing regional influence from the Cold War era,potential arms sales, pipeline routes and the biggie…the Russian naval base at Tartus,Syria. The last one gives the Russians a more operational Mediterranean fleet as opposed to relying on the Black Sea Fleet trying to ply the various straits bordered by potential NATO allies.
China: This last one has less to do with Syria than the rest but is still crucial. The Chinese were being nothing but consistent with their position on Syria in the UN. The Chinese are at the high roller table now though and they ain’t leaving! China has a vision that encompasses huge chunks of the world. They crave natural resources and they are willing to take any step to access or acquire them. They need sustainable markets for their manufactured goods and those “goods” have reached a whole different level. (see this previous Fray for a prime example) They have a very stubborn view on sovereignty that plays out dangerously in what they believe are their lands and waters.
I have blogged here at in2thefray since 2007. During that time I’ve posted a number of posts that I am very proud of. I am on the verge of revisiting a number of those posts that now look like I really knew what I was doing.
**of note the image in this post goes back to Syrias involvement in Lebanon and then Speaker Pelosi’s idiocy. The image still speaks today.