Rus­sia no ally against Iran

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - BERNARD BUDNEY Te­mec­ula, Cal­i­for­nia

In “The Devil We Know,” au­thor and ex-CIA op­er­a­tive Robert Baer tells us “The United States can­not stop Iran’s rise short of an open-ended thirty-year pol­icy of con­tain­ment or a full-scale war. Al­liances, un­en­force­able sanc­tions, threats — none have worked so far, nor will they.”

We read about the re­cent Rus­sian mil­i­tary build-up in Syria soon af­ter the Ira­nian Quds Force com­man­der met with ex-KGB agent and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. We should not for­get Rus­sia’s sup­port of proRus­sian Ukrainian rebels and Syria’s Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad. Also, with Iran’s sup­port­ing its ter­ror­ist proxy, Hezbol­lah, in Le­banon, how can one imag­ine that any joint ef­fort with Rus­sia in Syria would help sta­bi­lize the refugee cri­sis?

While there are those who want to seal a nu­clear deal with Iran, we see that Iran has now sealed a mil­i­tary deal in Syria with Rus­sia, the main con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram.

Per­haps this re­calls a 2,500-year-old fore­telling of a ma­jor con­flict in the ‘dis­tant fu­ture,’ one in­volv­ing Rus­sia, Per­sia (Iran), and other ar­eas of the Mid­dle East and North Africa. It makes one ask, are we now see­ing its begin­nings?

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