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Not since the Crimean War of 1853 has Russian power so explicitly dictated Arabian policy.
From 1815 for close to forty years, the Persian Empire of the Ottomans recognized Russia has the de facto protector of Christians in the Holy Lands.
Following the Napoleon III French coup d’état, the Catholic West, lead by the warmongering potentate Napoleon III, took issue with the Orthodox East to take control of the Black Sea ports and Mediterranean sea lanes representing Ottoman control of Western trade destinations and Muslim lands of mixed parentage.
The British and French combined forces to declare war on the Russians and reversed a hundred years of treaties granting primacy to Russian interests through Istanbul.
Almost a hundred and sixty years of Western dominance in diplomacy including such successes as the British birthing of the state of Iraq after World War II has lead squarely to the Syrian Civil War’s Russian 2013 September promises.
The power that was once known as the Policeman of Europe after the fall of Napoleon in 1815 appears to be returning to the international stage as the seat of Christian and monotheistic culture after 160 years of Western rule.
The entire stockpile of Syrian chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is to be taken by a Russian-lead task force stepping between the reticent war machine of Barrack Obama’s Congress and the civil warring administration of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad as the September 10th Tuesday comments of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested: “If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding [USA air] strikes, we will immediately start working with Damascus. We are calling on the Syrian leadership to not only agree on placing chemical weapons storage sites under international control, but also on its subsequent destruction and fully joining the treaty on prohibition of chemical weapons.”
The comments came a day after Secretary of State’s John Kerry threatening and unofficial posture that the only way that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Government could avoid USA attacks would be to give up their entire stockpile of WMD – their only Nuclear Deterrent against Israel.
Russia’s savvy third-term President Putin backed up Kerry’s comments as the leader of the only government sympathetic enough to Syria to be able to negotiate such a potentially complicated United Nation backed affair and in so doing turned into the West’s leader for foreseeable successful peace-keeping in the Middle East.
For the first time in a hundred and sixty years, Russia and not the West leads to police near Israel in the Middle East. A Three-term Russian President dominates the pages of the New York Times as an author calling for cool heads to reign as the American Secretary of State scurries from meetings with Russians to Western leaders to ratify a UN Security Council resolution to place economic sanctions on Syria should, by the end of November, UN inspectors cry foul.
The diplomacy of American power does continue to tell the tale of the tape to speak softly and carry a big stick.
Reports that Syria’s Assad al-Bashar crossed the thin red line of Barrack Obama by deploying chemical weapons in his civil war began to directly influence USA foreign policy last summer.
The red line’s an allusion the Red Coats of the 93rd Highland regiment that earned more Victoria Crosses during an action in the Crimean War than any other British troupe before or since.
To cross the red line was to incur the fate of a hawkish Arabian master – the USA.
John Kerry’s brazen ultimatum was misunderstood by many in the press as a stop-gap to a losing Congressional vote on a USA resolution to bomb al-Assad’s Government for unleashing WMD on his foes in a civil war.
But it seems more and more to be the end game of a complicated year-long hammer and sicle game between USA and Russia to stabilize the unruly elements of the Middle East.
Though the recent asylum granted by Russia to Intelligence Officer Edward J. Snowden managed to ice Obama Putin relations in the last G-8 in Ireland, the two did discuss the idea of securing Syria’s chemical weapons at the Los Cabos Mexico G-20 a year ago.
So all through the Cold War of top-level talks that saw frost spit on both sides of the aisle, high-level cooperation between the powers have been continuous according to the Boston Globe.
Even as early as the preceding week, when Putin called Kerry a liar for downplaying the Terrorism of Al Qaeda in rebel Syria, the diplomatic move to stun and cool Bashar al-Assad of his WMD Nuclear Deterrent was in play. Kerry in April spoke with Putin to get in step with the plan to shoplift the chemical weapons and continued learning the ropes in a long dinner conversation with the Russian Foreign Minister. They discussed replaying the 2003 Libya nuclear play which used international pressure to remove any program.
So when Putin pounced on errant domestic furor over State Department posturing before a failed Congressional vote to go bomb Syria, it was a calculated move to heist USA aggression for international peace-keeping.
Countless journalists have already called for the 2013 Noble Peace Prize to go President Putin.
It was Putin who reportedly roped Obama during the past G-20 in Saint Petersburg to wrangle 30 minutes of a statesmanship during the two’s ceremonial stand-offishness following the Edward J. Snowden debacle and the Bolivian Presidential Plane incident.
While Putin believed al-Assad should stay in leadership after an end to the Civil War and Obama disagreed, clearly something had been hashed out.
So while Putin may certainly win the 2013 Noble Peace Prize should Syria indeed subject itself to WMD accountancy before the UN, perhaps some recognition should be granted to the increasingly unpopular 2008 Noble Peace Prize winner Obama, who figured just right amount of domestic awkwardness to turn Syria’s ally of Russia into their only popular friend.
Image credit: Vladimir Putin via Facebook