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Russia Sending Syria Missile Defense Shield

Another piece of bad news that was put out late on Friday in the ‘Europe’ section of the New York Times:

Russia Sending Missile Systems to Shield Syria

June 15, 2012

MOSCOW — Russia’s chief arms exporter said Friday that his company was shipping advanced defensive missile systems to Syria that could be used to shoot down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or other nations try to intervene to halt the country’s spiral of violence.

Could someone remind us what exactly was accomplished by Obama giving up our own missile defense plans?

“I would like to say these mechanisms are really a good means of defense, a reliable defense against attacks from the air or sea,” Anatoly P. Isaykin, the general director of the company, Rosoboronexport, said Friday in an interview. “This is not a threat, but whoever is planning an attack should think about this.”

As the weapons systems are not considered cutting edge, Mr. Isaykin’s disclosures carried greater symbolic import than military significance

The Russians don’t waste their money or their high tech military hardware on "symbolic gestures."

Mr. Isaykin’s remarks come just days after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton raised diplomatic pressure on Russia, Syria’s patron, by criticizing the Kremlin for sending attack helicopters to Damascus, and amid reports that Moscow was preparing to send an amphibious landing vessel and a small company of marines to the Syrian port of Tartus, to provide security for military installations and infrastructure, if it becomes necessary…

And we can see exactly how much the Russians fear Hillary and Obama. Which is to say, not at all.

Aleksander Golts, an independent military analyst in Moscow, said the Russians’ discussion of defensive weapons shipments “undoubtedly” serves as a warning to Western countries contemplating an intervention.

“Russia uses these statements as a form of deterrence in Syria,” he said. “They show other countries that they are more likely to suffer losses.” …

And why not? Syria is a client state of Iran, and Iran is a client state of Russia.

Throughout the Syrian crisis, Russia has insisted that all its arms sales to the isolated government of President Bashar al-Assad have been defensive in nature, and that the weapons were not being used in the Syrian leader’s violent campaign to suppress the opposition

After all, how could you use attack helicopters on civilians?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Russia Sending Syria Missile Defense Shield”

  1. Chinnubie says:

    Civilians?? They are insurgents that are attempting to over-throw a needed customer of Russia. I love opposition, who do we want to be victorious in this rotten little hole of the world?

    • canary says:

      I too have felt Syria was one rotten little hole of the world to stay out of. It’s a no win situation. Obama quietly starting daily drone bombing on Syria and no one spoke up. As of recently, Obama’s opponent saying Obama waited to long to get involved in Syria has me worried, especially, as his opponent continues saying he has no political experience, which is not true as he was global green Gov. of Mass.) we are aiding the Muslim terrorists to destroy each other like the Hatfields and McCoys.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Russia Sending Syria Missile Shield

    ‘Cause that last one worked out so well …. you know Operation Orchard?

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