The stakes just went up, as Putin jumps in where Obama has dithered.
A President worthy of the office would have long since been covertly supporting the Syrian rebels in their attempt to overthrow Assad, if only to reduce Iran’s ability to supply and direct hezbullah in Lebanon.
By Kirit Radia and Rym Momtaz | ABC News
Moscow, Russia, 19 March 2011
A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was “a bomb” certain to have serious repercussions.
Russia, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s strongest allies despite international condemnation of the government’s violent crackdown on the country’s uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security Council’s attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war.
Now the Russian Black Sea fleet’s Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines aboard according to the Interfax news agency. The Assad government has insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency. The Russian news reports did not elaborate on the Russian troops’ mission in Syria or if they are expected to leave the port.
The stakes just went up and Israel’s window of opportunity has just shrunk. Interesting times are upon us.