10.11.2016.Syrian war is conflict between West & Russia’

10.11.2016.Syrian war is conflict between West & Russia’

10.08.2016.Russia, U.S. on Brink of Nuclear War

以賽亞書 17Chinese Union Version Modern Punctuation (Traditional) (CUVMPT)預示大馬士革必被廢棄
17 論大馬士革的默示。「看哪,大馬士革已被廢棄,不再為城,必變做亂堆。 2 亞羅珥的城邑已被撇棄,必成為牧羊之處,羊在那裡躺臥,無人驚嚇。 3 以法蓮不再有保障,大馬士革不再有國權,亞蘭所剩下的必像以色列人的榮耀消滅一樣。」這是萬軍之耶和華說的。

23 論大馬士革。「哈馬和亞珥拔蒙羞,因他們聽見凶惡的信息就消化了。海上有憂愁,不得平靜。 24 大馬士革發軟,轉身逃跑。戰兢將她捉住,痛苦憂愁將她抓住如產難的婦人一樣。 25 我所喜樂、可稱讚的城,為何被撇棄了呢? 26 她的少年人必仆倒在街上,當那日一切兵丁必默默無聲。」這是萬軍之耶和華說的。 27 「我必在大馬士革城中使火著起,燒滅便哈達的宮殿。」

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French President Francois Hollande. © Stephane De Sakutin

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The real issue in the Syrian civil war, apart from the important one of Syria itself, is the struggle for power between Russia and the West, says John Laughland from the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a visit to France in a developing diplomatic spat between the two countries.

Last week, France proposed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council to resolve the Syrian crisis. It was vetoed by Russia on Saturday. Moscow said the main proposal in the French draft – a no-fly zone – could have resulted in an upsurge of violence instead of halting it.

RT: What does this mean for bilateral relations?

John Laughland: It is very serious and it is a reflection of the very serious degradation in relations, which is the result of the massive disagreement about Syria. The disagreement about Ukraine is pretty strong, but Ukraine is a bit on the back burner for the time being, while the Syrian government offensive, supported by Russia in East Aleppo, has blown apart the appearance of cooperation between Russia and the West.

I say appearance, because even though the Americans and the Russians have been trying to bring about a peace agreement for nearly the whole of this year, 2016, the fact is that all those apparent agreements have in fact hidden the big disagreement, which remains between the West and Russia. And that is on the future of Assad in Syria. No amount of half agreements or hidden disagreements can hide that very fundamental difference. The fundamental difference over Assad’s fate is what is causing this terrible fallout. And we may not have reached the bottom yet in relations between the West and Russia.

The fact is that the Russians now have since last week overtly accused the Americans, and by implication also the French and other Western allies, of deliberately wanting to protect the now renamed Al-Nusra Front in eastern Aleppo in order to use it on a future occasion to affect regime change in Syria. That is an absolutely devastating allegation. The Russians in other worlds are alleging that America and its allies are going to use terrorists as their pawns in the fight against Assad. Russia of course does not accept that outcome.

That is why we see this cancellation, because, as I say, no amount of diplomatic finesse can hide the fact that in this very serious war, which is itself an international conflict, because America – on the one hand, and Russia – on the other, are involved in this very serious war, the disagreements could not be greater.

RT: What do you think prompted Hollande to trigger what’s become a diplomatic scandal? Was it the veto in the UN?

JL: That was France ratcheting up the disagreement with Russia. … [French politician] Thierry Mariani said that France has become an American “lackey” in this. That is not exactly right. Of course France fully supports the American position, but I don’t think it would be right to obscure the fact that France has taken a very proactive position on the Syrian conflict, ever since the beginning. France after all, was the first country to break off relations with Damascus in 2012. And France went beyond what the Western allies required – the EU and the Americans – by cancelling the sale of the Mistral helicopters ships earlier on …

RT: We also know that n July a French airstrike killed 120 civilians in Manbij in Syria, that’s apart from the civilian casualties of French interventions in half a dozen African countries. Is this not a clear contradiction? One rule for one and another for the rest?

JL: This all comes back to the disagreement about Assad and about the Assad regime in Syria. France by breaking off diplomatic relations with Damascus in 2012 clearly took the position long before other countries that “Assad had to go.” These airstrikes and the other things, which, according to the Russians, favor the terrorist rebellion in Syria – all these are part of a coherent policy on the part of France and the other Western countries – which is to overthrow Assad in Syria. No amount of talking in the Security Council or of summitry can overcome this basic disagreement about the future of Syria, a basic disagreement, which of course has being played out in the form of warfare in Syria itself, and which comes on the back of other very fundamental disagreements, particularly on Ukraine.

RT: Is this part of a wider move against Russia over the war on Syria?

JL: …Now that Russia has become a party to the war in Syria, since last year…on the side of the Syrian forces. This aggravated the situation with the West, because not only has Russia successfully prevented Assad from falling, because a year ago there was every chance that he would indeed be overthrown, but Russia has also increased her own position on the international stage. That is something that the Western powers do not like…In some ways we should see this Syrian conflict as a conflict between the West and Russia. Four years ago I said that the real target in Syria was not Assad but Putin. I think we can see this angle coming back again. The real issue in this civil war – apart from Syria itself which is a very important one – is also a struggle for power between Russia and the West.

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