Russia Intends Preventing Terrorists from Seizing Syrian Territory

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by Stephen Lendman
Syria’s fate depends on Russia’s willingness to support its ground forces with effective, sustained aerial operations – escalating them to defeat the scourge of US-backed terrorism.
Half-way measures won’t work against imperial America, fully committed to replacing Syrian sovereignty with Western-controlled tyranny.
On June 6, Sergey Lavrov said Washington was warned in advance. Russia intends “providing air support to the Syrian army to prevent territories from being seized by terrorists.”
Secret US-led plans made “behind our back” won’t be tolerated. “We will be making decisions (on) what our air group should be doing on the basis of our vision of the situation.”
Washington failed to comply with its agreed on obligation to separate anti-Assad forces from Security Council designated terrorist groups, Lavrov explained.
“We believe there was more than enough time” to do it, he added. John Kerry agreed to one thing. US policy was and remains something entirely different – complicit with Turkey in letting large numbers of heavily armed terrorists enter Syria regularly through its borders.
Reality on the ground is Russia supports diplomatic conflict resolution. America wants another imperial trophy, endless war using terrorist foot soldiers supported by US air power and special forces its strategy to achieve it.
It’s up to Russia to back up Lavrov’s latest pledge with action straightaway – targeting all anti-Assad groups not complying with Security Council ordered cessation of hostilities, hitting them hard relentlessly.
The alternative is endless war, mass slaughter and destruction, an entire population at risk, Syria’s sovereignty up for grabs.
The future of the Middle East depends on what Russia does. Putin knows Syrian sovereignty is at stake. If it goes, Iran is next. Much rides on what he decides to do.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.