As the flow of refugees fleeing Syria’s bloody civil war continues to drive a wedge between the EU, and as Brussels struggles to craft a coherent approach to handling the crisis in the face of vastly divergent views on what Europe’s response should be, we’ve made a concerted effort to remind the world that it was Western intervention in Syria that created this crisis in the first place.
This makes it all the more tragically ironic that Europe is now set to use the flow of asylum seekers (with the drowned body of a Syrian toddler as the mascot) as an excuse to drop still more bombs in Syria. All of this, in an ill-fated effort to destabilize a regime that the West feels doesn’t serve its interests and which is allied with the Kremlin, and by extension with Gazprom, which holds considerable sway over Europe thanks to Russia’s vast natural gas fields.
Now that Russia has boots on the ground around Latakia and has openly called on the US and its allies to form a real coalition to defeat ISIS, Washington has found itself in a tough position. People are very gradually beginning to wonder why it is that Russia has been able, in the space of just two weeks, to build a forward operating base and prepare to help Bashar al-Assad drive back ISIS and reclaim the country while the US – which, if you believe the rhetoric, is at the forefront of the global effort to eradicate Islamic militants in Syria – has managed to do virtually nothing to debilitate the group even as the campaign has been going on for the better part of a year.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/16/2015.