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The Chemical Weapons Hoax by KeldBach The Chemical Weapons Hoax by KeldBach
US President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton warned Wednesday that the United States would respond "very strongly" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib province: 

"... if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time."

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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
The USA pro-war nutters are deluded. Their threat of a "strong response" has been made many times before, and the USA military did almost NOTHING because they knew that Russia will never give-up on their only warm water naval port or their closest ally in the Middle East. They can't convince the rest of the world to believe the Western lies either.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner 3 days ago
That's probably why Putin should be more steadfast when it comes to provocations from the US and Israel. See this article: Putin’s Hesitation Has Lost Syria’s Idlib Province
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Putin is acting like a typical Russian leader, they never react immediately. There's an old saying about the Russians taking a long time to get on the horse but once they do, their charge is unstoppable. Putin also is known for getting revenge long after the slight that was made against him. It's not "hesitation" due to the reasons that author seems to believe. There's always another layer to Putin's game. It took the Russians years to come to Syria's aid, but since they did, they've been devastating.

There's some unconfirmed crap I've seen claiming that Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a "demilitarized zone" around Idlib. This claim is not supported in any Russian, Syrian, or Iranian news media or by any named Russian or Turkish official that I could find.

Idlib is being surrounded and cut-off. The Russians, Iranians, and Syrians are doing what they've done before; surround, lay seige, gradually tighten the noose for about 2 months - then smash the hell of the place when they're good and ready. They've asked the last terrorists groups to surrender, knowing that they won't. This gives them a pretext for comes next. Since the terrorists won't surrender, the next step is when special forces units go from building to building, block to block, killing everyone that looks even slightly like a muslim fanatic. They've done this before. They'll leave none alive except the civilians they find. They've become very good at this.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
I largely agree but neither Turkey nor the US intend to leave Syria when the terrorists have been eradicated. They have already established themselves comfortably (but illegally) on Syrian soil. Iran will probably also stay to support Hezbollah against Israeli attacks, so it's a rather complex and dangerous scenario lying ahead. I hope it can be resolved by peaceful means and that's probably also what Putin would like to happen.

See also this article: Russia in Syria Is in a Continuous Struggle Not to Give Americans & Israelis Any Pretext for War They so Badly Want
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner 2 days ago
The USA and Turkey's intentions won't matter. Once the terrorist groups are gone, the USA and Turkey will be forced to leave because there will be no further distractions from them being there without permission. They can't support bases when their aircraft and vehicles won't be allowed access to the territory. Iran will leave because they are allies not occupiers. They were invited. Hezbollah is stronger than ever now, which probably annoys the Israelis but until the next direct conflict between Israel and Lebanon, the IDF leadership won't know to what extent this is true.

The Israeli current government leaders may want a war and some of the crazy delusional loons in the USA government, but the USA military leadership doesn't want a war with Russia; they have a better idea of how badly it would go for them.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I hope you're right :)
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Recall how shocked the Western leaders were when the Russians charged to the rescue of South Ossettia and the Georgian military suffered defeat and collapse in 3 days? Or how shocked they were when the Russians starting bombing the living crap out of ISIS in Syria? Or their panic when USA warships suffered total electronic systems failures when the Russian jets flew over them? The pendulum of power has been swinging the other way, and the West that was so long dominant technologically, militarily, and economically is just beginning to get an inkling of how far behind they've fallen. How will the USA back Israel when the USA can't even maintain their own economy and infrastructure properly? The central bankers of the world are in a panic about the rise of new independent currencies online that they can't control and have no influence in setting the value of, the rise of gold and silver again despite their decades of manipulations trying to prop up their fake paper "money". The EU passed that ridiculous Article 13 because the bureaucrats and elites don't comprehend the technology that they're trying to restrict nor the likely response which will result in more independence, not less. Hollywood and the whole Western propaganda machine that successfully hoodwinked people for generations is suddenly finding themselves seen as irrelevant. The world has become a lot more complicated, and there are far more players now because everyone online can get in on the act of influencing the world. The Establishment in the West is just beginning to discover their power is fading. They were so successful in "dumbing-down" the education of the general public that the Western Establishment can't keep up technologically. Despite what they pretend in the public media, they know they have no new fighterjets that can take on even those of China. Their wargames revealed that aircraft such as the F-22 just aren't good enough, and most of their airforces are composed of aircraft that haven't changed much since the 1970s. They're still flying F-16s and F-15s! The Abrams tank is from 1980. Their newest warships are pieces of junk that constantly break down and can't fight. Their anti-missile systems haven't got a hope in hell of protecting their ships from Iranian and Chinese ASBMs, or anyone else's supersonic (and hypersonic) cruise missiles.

It's kind of like what used to be said about the British Empire's warships in the 1890s; they were perfectly well equipped for fighting warships of the Crimean War (which was in the 1850s). The British Army was applauded for their ability to fight savages armed with spears and clubs, but wasn't considered a "modern" army capable of taking on any of the major European powers by any serious military expert. The whole West is like that now. They've had loads of practice beating up 3rd world nations - and that's it. Yet clap themselves on the back as if this showed they were "tough". They gave ISIS and the other terror-groups-for-hire plenty of advanced equipment, the Israelis thought themselves tough too, but since Russia and Iran got involved in Syria this "advanced" gear has proven embarrassingly inadequate. The Israelis used to fire missiles into Syria with impunity, not fearing any risk to their fighter-jets, and expecting all of the missiles to hit their assigned targets; now most of the missiles are easily shot down, others miss ridiculously, and they don't dare send any fighter-jets across the border (instead they launch the missiles from just inside their own borders).
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KeldBach Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Here's another smart move that will likely prevent future attacks from Israel: Russia to supply S-300 to Syria within 2 weeks after Il-20 downing during Israeli raid
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