Mysterious Russian-Chinese Cooperation in Syria
Something wicked is coming to the Middle East, to Syria. As the West and NATO continue to do nothing but talk about the Syrian massacre and uprising from President Assad, Russia and China are acting in subtle ways to thwart any NATO intervention.
Russia has three military ships on their way to Syria, all headed to the only Russian naval base outside of Russia at Tartus, Syria. Aboard one of the ships are 3-5 Mi-25 gunships that Russia states were refitted long ago and now completed. Other ships are amphibious assault landing ships that can carry 250 marines and 250 ton vehicles. Weapons cargo include their Pantsyr-S1 anti-air missiles capable of hitting fighter-bombers flying at an altitude of six miles, cruise missiles and self-propelled medium range anti-air SA-11 missiles. They are capable of downing aircraft flying at an altitude of seven miles. and anti-ship missiles with Mach 32 speed that can reach vessels sailing 300 kilometers out to sea.
Russia claims they are only for their naval base, but it could be a ruse. I mean, the West can do nothing about Russia shipping weapons to their naval base. But, what would prevent them from being used outside of the base to crush the Syrian rebellion? Nothing! If that occurs, the West will have to react ending in another conflict.
Just before the G20 meeting in Mexico, Russia disclosed plans for a joint Russian-Chinese-Iranian military exercise in Syria! Huh? A military exercise in a country already at war? The Chinese have requested passage of 12 Chinese ships through the Suez Canal. The military exercise will have hundreds of tanks and thousands of troops.
This is all very odd. Whether it is a ruse to prevent any Western intervention into Syria or not, if the exercise occurs, it will surely prevent it. Maybe the exercise is akin to a "Trojan Horse" in the sense that, once these troops have arrived for the joint exercise, they will be used for other purposes. Even having such an exercise in the Middle East is odd. It would be the first time ever Russia, let alone, China, has ever deployed troops there. Why China? At best, Russia and China have never been close friends. China interests in Syria are purely minerals that might be mined. The Iranians are also participants in this exercise, adding yet, a curiosity.
Is there now a new group to confront the West\NATO? A Russian, Chinese and Iranian front in the Middle East?
Still, looming is the whole Iranian nuclear enrichment issue and a possible attack on Iran from the U.S. or Israel. The harsh sanctions will hit Iran on July 1. The Middle East is a place that is about to blow. The fires are burning. Alliances formed. East versus West, once again. Syria or Iran will be the flash point for a much bigger conflict this year.