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Russia And Iran Warn of ‘Force’ – The Clock Is Ticking

Sunday, April 9, 2017 10:17
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The ‘Doomsday Clock‘ celebrates its 70th anniversary this year where it rests at two and a half minutes to midnight. ‘Celebrate’ and ‘anniversary’ are most juxtaposing here in this context as one would hope we never ever reach midnight.

We’re 30 seconds closer to midnight than 2016 and no doubt within the coming weeks and months of tension developing between Western and Eastern forces, it could be pushed another 30 seconds or more.

One of my parents was three years old in 1961 at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis and still remembers the ‘red pamphlet’ that was delivered on behalf of the government of the time, along with the potassium iodide tablets. More so, one of the main reasons these memories stayed deeply imprinted are because of the fear that surrounded these times and strikingly so, how very young children can retain such memories at a time when we were on the precipice of global nuclear catastrophe.

Whilst Vladimir Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani have called for an objective investigation into the alleged chemical attack being blamed on Bashar Al-Assad, alongside a ‘moral responsibility’ being foisted upon Russia, both Russia and Iran have issued their own ‘red lines’ in relation to Syria and have said they will ‘respond with force’ if these red lines are crossed.

With reports emerging of Russian forces en route to the Mediterranean to counter US presence including ‘boots on the ground’ in Syria by June 1st, we either have a serious de-escalation in military transitioning or we’re on a dangerous downward spiral towards superpower conflict.

As a child ‘of the child’ who lived through the original Cuban Missile Crisis in ’61’, I too fear that once again our governments could deliver these urgent pamphlets unless our current paradigm changes very quickly indeed. The clock is ticking, and things aren’t becoming cooler. We need to work fast.

More on this report from The Independent…

John Sharman
The Independent

Russia and Iran have warned the US they will “respond with force” if their own “red lines” are crossed in Syria.

Following Friday’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase, in retaliation for the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week, the alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a joint statement threatening action in response to “any breach of red lines from whoever it is”.

What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well,” the group’s joint command centre said.

US President Donald Trump said the strike on al Shayrat airbase, near Homs, with some 60 Tomahawk missiles was “representing the world”. The base was allegedly used by Syrian forces to conduct the attack, which killed more than 70 people.

On Sunday the UK’s Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, demanded Russia rein in Mr Assad, claiming that Moscow is “responsible for every civilian death” in Khan Sheikhoun.

Sir Michael said the attack had happened “on their watch” and that Vladimir Putin must now live up to previous promises that Mr Assad’s chemical weapons had been destroyed.

Experts have dismissed Russia’s claim that a rebel chemical weapons facility caused the deaths.

Britain, the US and France accused Mr Assad’s regime of gassing civilians in the opposition-held town, but Damascus claimed it destroyed its toxic stockpiles following an international agreement struck in 2013.

The Russian defence ministry put out a competing version of events claiming legitimate Syrian air strikes against “terrorists” had struck a warehouse used to produce and store shells containing toxic gas, which were allegedly being sent to Iraq.

The joint command centre also said on Sunday the missile strike would not deter it from “liberating” Syria, and that the US military presence in the north of the country amounted to an illegal “occupation”.

Mr Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani have called for an objective investigation into the chemical attack…

Continue this report at The Independent

READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire SYRIA Files


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