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Clash Over Syrian Rebellion: Russia and America
The question over the recent naval ships sitting off the coast of Syria is, will NATO conduct another Libyan style support operation? It is by no accident that three Russian cruisers are already there to show support to Assad. The Russians and Syrians go back to the 1960s. The arrival of the US George Bush aircraft carrier( and eight cruisers) with over 80 warplanes and cruise missiles is a deliberate show of support for the Free Syria Army, supported by Turkey. The CV had been off the coast of Iran. It is no surprise then to find out that Russia's only aircraft carrier is due to arrive in a few days, the Admiral Kutsenov. Once again, old adversaries are taking sides in a cold war-like positioning of assets.
Worse, is that Russia has said that if NATO thinks it can conduct another Libyan type no fly zone or air support over Syria, they are going to counter Russians first. Further, Moscow has threatened to counter the nuclear shield NATO is deploying by aiming nuclear weapons at Europe again. As if things cannot become more dicey, Iran has stated that it will target Turkey with its missiles and if Israel hits Iran, Iran will saturate Israel's defenses with missiles.
The question is, why does Russia care about Syria? It has been 20 yrs. since the USSR has become Russia and pro-West. Syria has always done business with Russia, yet, is Russia's naval power projection a bluff or would they really defend Syria? It seems that Russia would have more to lose than gain.