US Suspends Nonexistent Cooperation with Russia on Syria

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US Suspends Nonexistent Cooperation with Russia on Syria
by Stephen Lendman
Hegemons don’t cooperate. They demand. Throughout months of US/Russia talks on cessation of hostilities as an important conflict resolution step, Washington pretended to cooperate with Moscow.
Sergey Lavrov pretended to believe John Kerry negotiated in good faith, knowing America’s sordid history of breaching virtually all agreements with counterparties, especially adversarial ones like Russia.
As long as Washington wants all sovereign independent governments replaced by puppet regimes subservient to US interests, conflicts in Syria and elsewhere remain unresolvable. 
Endless talks are fruitless, accomplishing nothing. Obama initiated war on Syria, pretending naked US aggression is civil war. It won’t end as long as US imperial aims remain unchanged.
A Monday article quoted Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov saying “(a)ll (military) contacts (with Washington) have been stopped of late. There has been no exchange of information.”
Washington stonewalled Moscow’s efforts to resume talks aimed at conflict resolution. On Monday, State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby said “(t)he United States is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the cessation of hostilities.” He lied, claiming Moscow “failed to live up to its own commitments…”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Washington of “mudding the waters and (undermining attempts) to reach an agreement.”
She bluntly added “(w)e already know this logic. There is nothing new about it. It usually ends with one thing – a full-scale war.” If Washington attacks Damascus and Syrian forces, Russia will increase military aid to Assad in response.
On Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov explained Geneva ceasefire terms are “in limbo.” America bears full responsibility, saying one thing, doing something entirely different, intending escalated conflict, not resolution.
Washington willfully with malice sabotaged Russia’s good faith conflict resolution efforts – compounded by blaming Moscow for its own duplicity.
A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said “in pursuit of regime change in Damascus, Washington…forge(d) an alliance with hardened terrorists…”
Cold War 2.0 is raging. The nuclear clock is ticking, the risk of direct US/Russia confrontation greatly heightened.
With Hillary likely to succeed Obama next year, a militant Russia hating war goddess, conflict between the world’s dominant nuclear powers may follow – the unthinkable possibility of nuclear war able to end life on earth if waged.
Neocons infesting Washington hold planet earth hostage to their imperial aims, increasingly heading things into an abyss of no return, a rubicon past which there’s no turning back.
What decades of Cold War mutually assured destruction (MAD) understanding accomplished heads toward unraveling with ascension of neocons to power in Washington – Hillary Clinton their chosen leader.
She looks almost certain to succeed Obama, by foul means if necessary. Will nuclear confrontation with Russia follow? Chance for the unthinkable is frighteningly real.
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Stephen Lendman
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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.