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RUSSIA: Oil on SYRIA’s Civil Flame?

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To Mind Your Own Political Business or Not

British Prime Minister David Cameron blames President Vladimir Putin of Russia for causing an even greater upset in the civil war of Syria by interfering in an inappropriate manner. “It’s absolutely clear that Russia is not discriminating between Islamic State and the legitimate Syrian opposition groups and, as a result, they are actually backing the butcher Assad and helping him and really making the situation worse”, Cameron said to the BBC on Sunday in Manchester at the Conservative Party’s annual meeting. He describes Russian support to Syrian President Bashar Assad as “a terrible mistake”, while US President Barak Obama Calls Russian air strikes “a recipe for disaster”.

Russia is not the only country sticking their noses in the four year long Syrian war, though. When one country struggles for too long in handling their own affairs and fall prey to terrorism, it is inevitable for neighboring countries and of course, some of the big power states (Britain, Russia and Britain) to get involved. This is where the misunderstandings and bickering starts over different opinions, methods, etc. They might all have one common enemy in Islamic State (in short referred to as IS, ISIS, ISIL or even Daesh), but have complete different friends and loyalties.

Many countries such as Britain and the USA would rather see the war handled in a more civilized manner and that Syrian President Bashar Assad be replaced in order to successfully implement peace in the country. Russia on the other hand believes that chasing extremist groups out with air strikes is the answer. Some countries poured their military into Syria in support to President Assad.

The Real Truth and Nothing But The Truth?

Fury rose as British intelligence forces discovered that only 5% (1 out of 20) of Russian bombs supposedly meant for Islamic State last week, was in fact aimed at IS targets. The rest targeted non-IS controlled areas, resulting in killing many civilians and other militant groups in opposition to President Assad’s regime. The Russian military sketches a complete different and more favorable picture by claiming the demolition of four IS command posts, ten IS infrastructure targets, an ammunition depot near Maaret al-Numan, eight IS facilities and a training camp all in the Idlib province, ammunition depot and training camp in the Raqa province up to Sunday 4 October. They also claimed how somewhat 600 of the targeted militants fled for Europe after Russia’s three day long air strikes over the past weekend.

Nostradamus & Co

Nostradamus and others prophesized many years ago how World War lll would have it’s onset in the Middle East. Such prophesies also stated that the war “might be avoided” due to various factors such as “western civilization’s new awareness, conjunction of planets and the speed at which the crust of the earth is shifting”. Well, whether we think we understand or believe these so called prophesies or not, the message worth highlighting is how the most devastating warfare can be avoided by choice. Hopefully Russia will make a different choice in their role in Syria, that the Syrian president will step down or maybe a complete new and different solution still to be discovered. Conflict of any kind mostly has it’s origin in the craving for power, selfishness, envy, greed and egotism.

The saying goes: Charity begins at home. Maybe we each should start pondering the words of Confusius – 6th century BC Chinese Philosopher and choose more carefully:

“When the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated

When the personal life is cultivated, the home life is regulated.

When the home life is regulated, then the national life is orderly

When the national life is orderly, then the world is at peace.”