NEO: Syria Expressed Discontent with Russia and Iran

Once upon a time in America, when Russia was the bogeyman
" You just can't make this stuff up! "
” You just can’t make this stuff up! “

… by  Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor    with New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow

Once upon a time in America, when Russia was the bogeyman
Once upon a time in America, when Russia was the bogeyman

[ Editor’s Update: The plot certainly has thickened on the Syrian debacle, with some heavy psychological operations being rolled out now, with the usual cooperation of the Western mass media shills.

At first glance it looks like a modern redo of the classic 1966 comedy The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming, with its cast of Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith and Jonathan Winters.

While parts of this current saga are humorous as another obvious anti-Russian propaganda attempt, there is a serious side that VT got directly from the Syrians that was no laughing matter to them.

And that was the news that far from military support being greatly expanded, it was actually being curtailed at a critical time, which had Syria spooked that “an arrangement” might possibly have been made with certain parties to weaken Syria’s resistance, via low ammunitions stocks.

Gordon Duff did a whole series of these media planted stories that you will find scrolling through WarZone on the VT front page right here. We have never had a week catching planted stories one right after another.

VT team in Syria, Mike, Jim, Gordon and Col. Hanke
VT team in Syria, Mike, Jim, Gordon and Col. Hanke

We sent this off to NEO first, as we thought it would have more impact being published there first, and despite its being critical of Russia’s support for Syria, they published it.

So hurrah for the NEO people and their platform with its journalistic independence. We highly value our relationship with them, and look forward to a trip to Moscow one of these days.

The reporting below is a direct result of the VT-A team going to the Syrian Counter Terrorism conference last December, where Gordon was able to give what turned out to be the keynote address — that the bottom line of what is really behind the current levels of terrorism is international organized crime, where heads of state and religious leaders are just lieutenants.

We will be going back to Syria to consult with them about what the post-Iran nuclear agreement might bring in terms of geopolitical shifts, both good and badJim W. Dean ]



– First published …  September 07,  2015

Russian humanitarian supplies for Syria
Russian humanitarian supplies for Syria

Top Syrian officials claim that Russia and Iran are abandoning obligations made months ago and are betraying Syria and the Syrian people.

Officials in Damascus are privately expressing rage at Russia and Iran who they believe have taken a “better deal” from elsewhere despite nearly daily pronouncements of loyalty and support. Syrian sources say this is empty rhetoric and that Russia and Iran are happy to see Syria crushed and starved.

Two very strange things have happened in the last 24 hours. Series of stories, originating from Israel’s YNet News Service, outlining advance parties for a significant Russian air and ground presence in Syria were not only published but picked up by the Pentagon.

Within an hour, the Pentagon began a rumor campaign by contacting members of congress and other “rain makers,” passing on this story now known to be a hoax, not just passing it on but claiming they had confirming intelligence from the CIA, a total lie.

Sources among Israel’s opposition who are currently attempting to oust Netanyahu from his “one vote” coalition government, say this is both a ploy against the US over the Iran deal and an attempt to terrify the Israeli people as well.

Then, only hours ago, sources in Syria, at the highest levels, presented a story of their own. High ranking Syrian officials claim that, rather than Russia sending in troops, pilots and military equipment, Russia has delayed what had been bought. They say Iran is doing the same thing.

The Syrian multi-front war has been using tons of ammunition
The Syrian multi-front war has been using tons of ammunition

Syria, wracked with combat over a dozen fronts, is expending ammunition at an alarming rate. Syria alone is flying 20 times the sorties of the US backed coalition and doing it with 30 year old air frames.

The feeling at the highest levels inside Syria have thus far had no significant effect on Syria’s highly professional Army, now augmented with Hezbollah, Kurdish and National Guard forces.

There are many events that evidence the silent rift of recent months. Today, Syria’s Foreign Minister submitted a letter to the UN Security Council citing direct involvement of the Turkish Army in recent attacks in Idlib, seizing towns on the Turkish border. Russia, a permanent member of the UNSC could have both carried forward the letter and submitted a resolution as well.

Then again, Russia is deeply involved in “southern route” natural gas projects with Turkey along with arms sales, arms that Turkey will receive, including advanced air defenses, arms Syria will not receive though Russia is their ally in Syria’s current fight against Turkey.

Similarly, Iran continually courts Turkey as a trade partner. Turkey’s internal and external war on the Kurdish people, the majority of whom are Sunni and not particularly fond of Iran, is ignored in Tehran even though the Kurds, Perg Mersha, PKK, YPG and other groups, are among the most effective fighters against Islamic State extremists.

Behind it all is Israel. Key Israeli nationals, including the reclusive Koch Brothers, control much of Russia’s financial fate, Iran’s as well. With virtual control of both the physical and futures oil markets in the hands of key Israeli affiliates, manipulation of oil prices can and is crushing to both Russia and Iran.

Similarly, the recent respite in oil pricing, a major jump for no attributable reason, particularly in the face of a Chinese “gloom and doom” economic announcement that sent US markets plunging again, could well have been orchestrated as leverage against Syria by their real foe, Netanyahu.

What makes this particularly worrisome to Syria is that the relative silence in Tehran and Moscow about Turkey’s air campaign against the Kurds and their defacto invasion of Northern Syria coincides with continual statements out of Moscow and Tehran supporting President Assad.

To a studied observer, it looks very much like both Tehran and Moscow are looking for a political settlement in Syria that includes ousting President Assad despite the fact that his 2012 reelection may well have been one of the least flawed in recent years, quite probably a fairer election than the US, UK or Canada hold.

One thing is clear, the future of Syria is very much in question. Both Russia and Iran cultivate a persona of “last of the revolutionaries.” However, as push comes to shove, and this is very much the case with Syria, a nation like Ukraine, clearly targeted by a globalist conspiracy, Russia and Iran will choose to save themselves despite endless rhetoric to the contrary.

A picture is worth a 1000 words, but maybe not here
A picture is worth 1000 words, but maybe not here

Behind it all is a very difficult to ascertain relationship between Russia and the US where both Putin and Obama may well have a much better working relationship that expressed publicly but both face domestic challenges that cloud their actions.

As for why Russia and Iran would move Syria to “back burner” isn’t clear. It is as though none of the major powers take ISIS seriously as a threat despite more endless pronouncements. What is clear is that if ISIS is really ISIS and not a CIA front, why then is the US so ineffective with the air war?

What is also clear is that 70% of the military action against ISIS is Syrian, not Kurdish and certainly not Iraqi. Were Syria gone, it wouldn’t just mean that ISIS would lose an enemy. Syria would become ISIS and Iraq would be overrun in days as would Jordan.

The game, Iran and Russia sitting on their hands while Damascus goes without electricity and water, while civilian neighborhoods are shelled night and day and while Turkey has clearly invaded Syria, this game is not just hard to understand, watching it being played boggles the mind. Nothing makes any sense.

Then again, Russia is relatively silent while Israel is clearly running the war against Syria from the South, playing the same role Turkey is playing from the North.

These points are obvious:

  • There is no Syrian opposition other than al Nusra and her “sisters,” which would never be allowed any participation in government, even if they had support from an electorate, something that has never been shown
  • It is one thing, ISIS controlling Anbar Province from Mosul and making videos. It is quite something else controlling a major air force, a navy and having a capitol an hour from Beirut and two from Jerusalem.
  • Russia and Iran have global agendas and are in no way fearful of ISIS. Nor are they willing to take strong risks over any Middle East ploy. The Middle East is simply not a “red line” for either nation, both of which have long been sidelined through the region and are likely to remain so for decades to come for reasons too numerous to list.

The issue at hand is so familiar, gambling on events from a safe distance has never worked. America defined failure for this methodology during the Bush 41 wars of debacle.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

This movie made us laugh about a serious subject, but we find nothing to laugh about with Syria or Ukraine
This Cold War movie made us laugh about a serious subject, but we find nothing to laugh about with Syria or Ukraine


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  1. I seldom look back to review reactions to a comment I make on VT, but. in this case I notice the comment was edited down to one sentence. Was this intentional? In any case, it is very difficult to imagine Syria’s survival, let alone Assad’s, without substantial military help from Russia and/or Iran. The US/Israel/Turkey axis is, as reported everywhere, about to dramatically escalate its war against Assad–disguised as a war against ISIS. What is Russia, Syria’s “friend” thinking?

  2. This does not reflect that Russia made it no secret military support for Syria, reaffirmed today, but, surely time will tell, either way.

  3. I would think the main problem Syria faces is that it doesn’t have any money or any natural resources.

    I find it difficult to believe they have lasted as long as they have. Syria must have by far the most courageous and best soldiers in the middle compared to the child murdering cowards in Israel’s IDF, the Infanticide Defence Force.

    But they are arrayed against almost all of the world’s money, media and military. I am suprised they have held the line as long as they have.

    Its reminiscent of the Spartans (who lost) or Eric Hartman at the end of WW2 when he and 4 other German pilots (who also lost) were faced with 5,000 spitfires, Mustangs, Hurricanes etc. and never once quit or even considered doing so.

    None of these Homeric peoples ever asked how many are the enemy. They have all only asked, “where are they?”

  4. Never thought I would write this, but the Austrian Corporal made some really relevant points in his policies.

    No wonder he has been portrayed as a 2-dimensional cardboard cut-out of evil, or “Satan for Secularists” by the powers that be.

  5. Those S300 systems could have saved thousands of lives and infrastructure but Russia balked on providing these necessary and promised deals by agreement, (over 7 years old) to both Iran and Syria. These countries are getting something from each other and the Syrians are at a loss for not getting the mother load of everything that is Russia tech, but is it just the oil barons in the region causing this?
    Can Russia provide state of the art defense systems and expect the Syrian army to use them correctly during a war? Training training training.
    Can Russia deliver the 4th generation fighter and expect the Syrian air force to learn its complex systems without losing pilots, aircraft and valuable secrets to ISIS/Isreal/US/UAE/Saudi Arabia?
    Does Russia really hold back because of oil deals, or because they want to make sure Assad sticks around to use them appropriately?
    Are they worried he might bail on the country or use the new tech on Turkey or the Apartheid state? Or Iraq for that matter? Do they trust Assad as much as the US loves Bibi? I don’t think so.
    I think these elements matter because Putin is a genuine diplomat who understands diplomacy and wont sacrifice it for anything.

    • Putin and Medvedev alike have consistently called the NATO countries that continuously create human, material and environmental catastrophies for their ‘partners’; indicating that business (as opposed to righteousness) is what guides the policies of Moscow as well.

      Putin’s recent deals with the Egyptians and the Saudis underline this observation.

      As for Tehran, that they have negotiated a deal with P5+1 on the right to nuclear technology (or each nations right to have nuclear weapons for that matter) shows how lost they are. What is given – a right – does not need to be bargained for.

      …and these two lost capitols, plus Beijing, are supposed to be the hope of humanity….

      Now compare that to how NATO functions, internaly as well as towards partners like Ukraine, Georgia, the GCC countries invading Yemen.

    • rockwool,
      I think the negotiations between Russia and Egypt is more diplomacy by Russia to garner support for policies Russia stands for, not Sisi’s country of support isreal. Not only can he make money selling his wares but he can use Russian clout to manipulate the powers controlling Russia that would include the military. I would think anyway. Why else would he support a state that floods Palestinian tunnels with raw sewage and closes the borders, sealing the fate of Gaza as the next settlement project. This is mostly conjecture that supports a sane and stable superpower.

      Iran is patient, and cunning. Buying time with the carrot on the stick strategy has not only kept them from safe, it has prompted the globe to witness the greatest demonstration of incompetence from bad intel and the desire to read that intel as God given permission to decimate a sovereign state. Iran knows its needs nuclear power to survive and so does the West, which is why they needed a stupid excuse to prevent Iran from getting what they want, a shot a being a major world power. That absurdity in itself has been on display during the P5+1 talks and the exposure could not have been possible if Iran didnt agree to play their game.

  6. Well with all this uncertainty, I can say one thing, they’ve been there for them all along for 5 years, and considering they had their own problems, they’ve done a good job in helping so far.
    And the way world politics is going at the moment, what comes next is anyone’s guess.

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