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Is the US Trying to Start a Hot War with Russia?

  • Is the US Trying to Start a Hot War with Russia?
    by Steven MacMillan,
    Another day, another major escalation of tensions caused by US actions. The recent downing of a Syrian jet by a US F-18 Super Hornet, is just the latest instalment in a series of US provocations in Syria since Donald Trump took office in January.

    The ‘non-interventionist’ Commander-in-Chief has continued and expanded the wars launched by previous US leaders, as Trump has essentially given the military carte blanche to do whatever it wants. From using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria, to sendingthousands more troops into Afghanistan, the US military machine remains completely out of control.

    But why did an American fighter jet shoot down a Syrian warplane? Whilst the US – which is operating illegally in Syria – justified the action by saying that the Syrian jet was targeting US-backed forces on the ground (in the form of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)), the Syrian government said that the jet was on a mission against ISIS militants (who were created thanks to US-backing).

    Understandably, Russia responded furiously to the illegal US action. Aleksey Pushkov, the head of Russia’s Communications Policy Committee, described the strike as an “act of war.”  The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov, said in relation to the incident, that:

    “What is it then, if not an act of aggression, an act directly in breach of international law
    . If you want, it’s actually help for the terrorists the US is fighting, declaring that they are conducting a counterterrorism policy.

    As tensions ratchet up to new levels, Russia has warned the US that they are now 
    tracking US-led coalition jets that fly west of the Euphrates river as potential targets.

    Baiting Russia into a Military Response
    Although the official US narrative was that they were protecting US-backed forces on the ground, one cannot help but question the justification used by a country that has repeatedly lied and deceived in order to launch imperial wars.

    There is a very real danger that the decision to shoot down a Syrian jet was designed to provoke Syria to respond militarily to US forces, therefore providing justification for a full-scale invasion of Syria by the US and her allies.

    Moreover, and more dangerously, there is a potential that this incident was designed (by rogue elements with the US) to provoke Russia to respond militarily to the US in Syria, providing justification to start a hot war with Russia, and launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia.

    Although this may sound like madness, we should not underestimate how mad the neocons are. The US and Russia have reportedly already come extremely close to a direct confrontation in Syria earlier this year. In April, after the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield, Russia was “an inch from confrontation” with the US, according to the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani.

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July 28, 2017 - Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , ,

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