Saudi Arabia is looking into the gun barrel of 143 million people in Russia and 1.2 billion people in India, who promise to defend Syria if they have to. In addition, the endless terror funding and war mongering Saudi’s have no support from China either – another 1.4 billion people they would have to deal with.
Obama is MAD for interfering into Syria. What is the matter with these people, Cameron, Obama, and Hollande? Just let these Muslims get on with it without our endless meddling. Did they take action against Mugabe’s chemical attacks on his own people? Guess why not. Why should we behave like Muslims?? We are not followers of a medieval warlord. They love to kill people, including their own. They have no regard or value for the sanctity of human life. Muslims are savages; satanic entities. Saudi Arabia is always creating tensions everywhere, sometimes funding foreign military ‘interventions’ to fight on their behalf to their endless quarrels with their neighbours. We need to end and block all trade with these people once and for all and let them sit in their deserts and figure out how to get by on their own.
“Deja-vu,” Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee wrote on Twitter.
“It feels like in the White House it’s still (George W.) Bush, (Dick) Cheney and (Donald) Rumsfeld and in Downing Street Tony Blair,” he said, referring to the former US president, vice president, defence secretary and British prime minister during the Iraq war. “The faces change. But not the politics.”
Russia has begun to evacuate its citizens from Syria, as its deputy prime minister stated that the West was acting in the Islamic world like “a monkey with a grenade”.
“This military demonstration, and that’s what it’s going to be, is about Obama shooting off his mouth about red lines and chemical weapons. […] He’s not thinking through the potential consequences and I see no way in which a military attack on Syria is worth it for the United States.” -Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on ‘America’s Newsroom’.
China media: Syria warning
State media warn against foreign military intervention in Syria and call for an impartial UN probe into apparent chemical weapons attacks.
Amid mounting speculation over a possible US military strike, state media echo the Chinese government’s repeated calls for the international community to let United Nations weapons inspectors carry out an “impartial” investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.
“There should not be rash assertions until the truth is verified, let alone a ‘presumption of guilt’ or using this as a pretext to take unilateral military action,” stresses Xinhua, the country’s most authoritative official news agency.
Some state media are also warning against a repeat of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 without a United Nations mandate.
“The international community needs to raise vigilance against external forces replicating this model in Syria. The ‘use of chemical weapons’ cannot be handled with ‘groundless’ measures and any follow-up actions need to be supported by true and reliable investigation findings,” says the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official newspaper.
“Forces around the world that oppose external military intervention should unite to prevent as far as possible the US, UK and others from launching air strikes against Syria. If they cannot stop this, they should openly support the Syrian government to engage in resistance,” says the Global Times, a newspaper affiliated to the People’s Daily.
“Russia and Iran need to consider providing direct military assistance, while China and other countries should give support,” it adds.
Turning to domestic news, state media yesterday broke its silence on recent international media reports of police shooting dead at least 15 ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the northwest region of Xinjiang.
The Kashgar Daily mourns the death of a paramilitary police officer who was killed in what it calls a raid on a “violent terrorist gang” in Kashgar county on 20 August,
Overseas Uighur groups often accuse the Chinese authorities of using “terrorism” as a pretext for a security clampdown in the region. Reports of violent unrest in Xinjiang are difficult to verify independently says The Beijing News.
Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
12:00PM BST 27 Aug 2013
The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warship poised for missile strikes in Syria. Iran has threatened to retaliate.
The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high of $112 a barrel. “We are only one incident away from a serious oil spike. The market is a lot tighter than people think,” said Chris Skrebowski, editor of Petroleum Review.
Leaked transcripts of a closed-door meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan shed an extraordinary light on the hard-nosed Realpolitik of the two sides.
Prince Bandar, head of Saudi intelligence, allegedly confronted the Kremlin with a mix of inducements and threats in a bid to break the deadlock over Syria. “Let us examine how to put together a unified Russian-Saudi strategy on the subject of oil. The aim is to agree on the price of oil and production quantities that keep the price stable in global oil markets,” he said at the four-hour meeting with Mr Putin. They met at Mr Putin’s dacha outside Moscow three weeks ago.
“We understand Russia’s great interest in the oil and gas in the Mediterranean from Israel to Cyprus. And we understand the importance of the Russian gas pipeline to Europe. We are not interested in competing with that. We can cooperate in this area,” he said, purporting to speak with the full backing of the US.
The talks appear to offer an alliance between the OPEC cartel and Russia, which together produce over 40m barrels a day of oil, 45pc of global output. Such a move would alter the strategic landscape.
The details of the talks were first leaked to the Russian press. A more detailed version has since appeared in the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, which has Hezbollah links and is hostile to the Saudis.
As-Safir said Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord. “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” he allegedly said.
Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”
President Putin has long been pushing for a global gas cartel, issuing the `Moscow Declaration’ last to month “defend suppliers and resist unfair pressure”. This would entail beefing up the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), a talking shop.
Mr Skrebowski said it is unclear what the Saudis can really offer the Russians on gas, beyond using leverage over Qatar and others to cut output of liquefied natural gas (LGN). “The Qataris are not going to obey Saudi orders,” he said.
Saudi Arabia could help boost oil prices by restricting its own supply. This would be a shot in the arm for Russia, which is near recession and relies on an oil price near $100 to fund the budget.
But it would be a dangerous strategy for the Saudis if it pushed prices to levels that endangered the world’s fragile economic recovery. Crude oil stocks in the US have already fallen sharply this year. Goldman Sachs said the “surplus cushion” in global stocks built up since 2008 has been completely eliminated.
Mr Skrebowski said trouble is brewing in a string of key supply states. “Libya is reverting to war lordism. Nigerian is drifting into a bandit state with steady loss of output. And Iraq is going back to the sort of Sunni-Shia civil war we saw in 2006-2007,” he said.
The Putin-Bandar meeting was stormy, replete with warnings of a “dramatic turn” in Syria. Mr Putin was unmoved by the Saudi offer, though western pressure has escalated since then. “Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters,” he said, referring to footage showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a Syrian soldier.
Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch. Events are unfolding exactly as he foretold.