Nikki Haley Threatens Russia and Syriaby Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Russia won’t be intimidated. Last week, Putin said “(w)e have…been following our own path, which has proved effective and produced positive results” in Syria.
Effective policies will continue – aiming to defeat terrorism and restore peace and stability to the country – no simple task given US efforts to undermine it.
Washington appears frantic over successful Syrian/Russian military operations, notably efforts to liberate East Ghouta, around 70% of the enclave freed from US-supported terrorists – remaining elements isolated, surrounded and heading for defeat.
During a Monday Security Council session, Haley introduced an unacceptable resolution, calling for ceasefire in East Ghouta for 30 days – a thinly veiled scheme to let al-Nusra and other terrorists in the enclave regroup and rearm.
“We have drafted a new ceasefire resolution that provides no room for evasion,” Haley roared, claiming the earlier nationwide 30-day ceasefire failed, adding:
Washington will act on its own if the Security Council fails to halt fighting in East Ghouta.
“It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again.”
“When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action.”
As explained earlier, SC Res. 2401 excludes operations against ISIS, al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and elements connected to them.
Syria and allied forces, along with Russian airpower, scrupulously observe their obligations under the resolution – while continuing operations to entirely liberate East Ghouta from terrorists’ control.
US terror-bombing, Turkish aggression, and terrorist fighters flagrantly breached Res. 2401 straightaway.
Anti-terrorist operations in East Ghouta will continue, said Russian UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya, explaining Damascus and Moscow have “every right to try and remove the threat to the safety of its citizens” – adding the enclave is a “hotbed of terrorism.”
Haley also warned of US action to halt use of CWs – solely used numerous times by US-supported terrorists, not Syrian or allied forces.
Haley’s draft resolution has no chance for adoption. If US warplanes terror-bomb Syrian forces, an operation similar to the Pentagon’s April 2017 Shayrat airbase attack, will Russia do nothing in response?
Will it permit continued US aggression, or will it respond in the only language Washington understands?
Destroying its missiles in flight and downing one or more US warplanes would deliver a message clearly understood in Washington.
It’ll show US support for terrorists in Syria no longer will be tolerated – what should have been strongly conveyed much earlier through actions, not just what’s privately discussed.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Washington of spreading malicious propaganda, vilifying Moscow and Damascus – part of US regime change strategy in Syria, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing its legitimate government.
A Final Comment
Syrian forces found large caches of French weapons in East Ghouta liberated areas. A chemical weapons workshop was also discovered.
France, Britain, Germany, other NATO countries, Israel and other rogue regional partners are allied with Washington against Syrian sovereignty – turning a blind eye to CW attacks by terrorists, falsely blaming them on Syrian forces.
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