ethan's Musing on the Near East - Page 78
I think it's safe to assume that everything with Putin is just business. Bashar is a graceless man with none of the attributes of his (albeit also terrible) father. There's really nothing to admire about Bashar. In fact, it was his brother Bassel who was supposed to succeed Hafez but he died in a car crash in 1994.
It's Russia so all of it, you can't do half a military parade.
Putin doesn't hunt tigers, he had North Korean scientists recreate the mammoth for him, which he hunts shirtless on riding a bear.
Edited by Find Finn - 9/26/15 at 12:13pm
TOWs? So it's gonna be US Russian proxy war now, sounds ugly but logical if ISIS is defeated then it's a political failure for the USA
So supposedly according to eye witnesses the cause of the stamped was that a few roads leading to the jamaraat were closed Leading to people using one route to enter and exit the area. Supposedly the roads are closed for an fleet of the king's son who was on the way to meet his dad in his palace in mecca. All alleged but could explain why the roads were closed.
And on top of that, many pilgrims said the police on the ground didn't know the roads in the area and thus weren't organizing the flow properly. One reported that they stood huddled up in groups
Edited by the shah - 9/27/15 at 5:36pm
President Putin: Russia will not participate in any troop operations in the territory of Syria or in any other states. Well, at least we don't plan on it right now.
I lol'd here.
I think so far the Russian presence is to guarantee leverage in the upcoming expected settlement, and because lately the US had allowed more advanced weapons to the trrrorists which led to weakening the governments position and leverage. Plus the caucasus terrorists have been growing in numbers at alarming rates for Russia, which is sure to remember how the US used them before against it.
But part of me daydreams that this is a prelude to Russia expanding its influence in the middle east, and eventually crushing the radical islam sponsors in the gulf.
Oh and Israel bombed Syrian Army positions that were repelling a Zahran Alloush attack
Edited by alan - 9/28/15 at 12:53am
Pretty good doomsday article about Saudi: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/collapse-saudi-arabia-inevitable-1895380679