Comments on: When Vladimir Putin looks in the mirror, does he see Syria’s Assad? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: vileur http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1106382 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:45:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1106382 Peter Apps, when you look at mirror what do you see?

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By: blah77 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1106318 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:26:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1106318 Acebravo: And I’m not 100% convinced that you have any clue what you’re talking about. ISIS was originally an Al Qaeda off-shoot (al-Nursa), radical foreign fighters who entered Syria and Iraq to fight in the civil wars. They are also overwhelmingly Sunni, just like the Muslims in the countries of Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. As for Assad and Iran, they are *Shia* which gets along with Sunni as well as oil and water.

Why would Shia Iran/Assad create a Sunni extremist group whose purpose is to wipe them out?

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By: sarkozyrocks http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1106264 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:21:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1106264 Putin is calling Obama’s bluff. It will soon be very clear whose side Obama is on. We’ll either be fighting with Russia against ISIS, or with ISIS against Russia. Brilliant move.

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By: ReverendJim http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1106060 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 03:56:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1106060 Can we really trust the obvious pro-Putin bias from an author that seems to think Adolf Hitler had nothing to do with starting the Second World War?

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By: Jingan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1106016 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 01:15:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1106016 any government in any country not installed by US is regime

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By: Zoumpoulis http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1105901 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 18:56:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1105901 Syria, a big chess game? Where pawn (people) are sacrificed for winning the game?

Or the Target is bigger (Europe)?
A country (or countries) with mixed population (e.g. Christians – Muslims)can be easily destabilized. The Geopolitical “Players” have the know-how of destabilization.

EDC (Easily Destabilizable)Countries are like Hostages (of BIG Geopolitical players). Maybe somebody tries to make Europe a such a “Hostage” by bringing large numbers of refugees. Then European goverments will have to be more obedient.

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By: Mottjr http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1105896 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:22:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1105896 Syrian conflict, similar to the conflict in Ukraine, is a proxy war that US started with Russia, under the regime-change premise with the latter to surround Russia with NATO forces. This creation of chaos at global level reflects the level of paranoia that goes on in the minds of the few obsessed strategists and few heavily influenced by defense contractor lobbyists, at the US defense department. Both these conflicts are unnecessary and ruined relations with nuclear-capable Russia that will take decades to repair – all at tremendous waste of US tax payer dollars that otherwise, should have gone to the betterment of the future of current and generations.

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By: Acebravo http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1105894 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:52:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1105894 I’m not convinced up to this minute that Assad and Russia are ISIS enemies. If you go through the events from the beginning, you’d see that ISIS is almost 100% created by the Syrian regime/Iran and of course Russia is in the know. I wouldn’t exclude israel as well.

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By: JohnGlobe http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1105891 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:25:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1105891 The author appears to confuse issues. Assad is a dictator but other dictators (our allies) are much worse than him. These allies or totalitarian regimes do not tolerate secular regime in the Arab World. Thus, they have recruited thousands of terrorists from all over the World to destabilize Syria. Washington elite, on the other hand, do not like to see any regime in the area that is not in complete obedience to Israeli dictate. In addition, since Syria is a hub for entrepreneurs and has done great job in building solid textile, pharmaceutical, educational, and agricultural industries, they have decided to facilitate terroristic activities in Syria to erase its infrastructure.
Putin on the other hand understands that the 10,000 thousands Russian terrorists who have been trained in Turkey and financed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia will return back to destabilize Russia. His action, in preventing terrorism at home, stems from his strategic position—ISIS next target is Russia and has to be smashed in Syria before becoming an imminent threat to Russia.

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By: BraveNewWrld http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/09/21/why-vladimir-putin-is-betting-big-on-assad/#comment-1105868 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:56:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=43522#comment-1105868 Here is the question: does US government support, or encourage support, of Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front? If so – this is preposterous disrespect to all the Al Qaeda’s victims of 9/11. How can we support such a government?

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