Thursday, April 12, 2018

Today's Links

we're not out of the woods yet, but

1--No WW3??

...on April 9 President Trump threatened Syria, Russia and Iran over the alleged chemical attack in Douma and promised “major decisions” within 24-48 hours, which had already expired.

“Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”
Trump would then add, “In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our “‘Thank you America?'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated, today, that his nation will not join U.S. President Donald Trump’s coalition to bomb Syria.
Merkel began her address by stating the “whole spectrum of measures must be considered on Syria,” adding that German forces will not be taking part in the U.S.’ attack.

8--Putin quotes:
Today, the role of diplomacy and the diplomat has taken on special significance. Indeed, the state of affairs in the world is a cause for concern. The situation in the world is becoming more chaotic, nevertheless we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail, and that international relations will take a constructive course, and the entire world system will become more stable and predictable.
Diplomacy includes a wide field of activity; its hallmark is the development of optimal solutions based on a balance of interests. Diplomats try to facilitate a collegial search for answers to large-scale challenges and threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organised crime, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and climate change.
A US failure in Syria will likely permanently derail its attempts to reassert is global preeminence as a multipolar world order emerges. How far the US and the special interests driving its policy - regardless of America's elected representatives - is willing to go to preserve global hegemony remains to be seen. The task of Syrian, Iranian, and Russian intelligence would be to ascertain this - providing significant deterrence toward engaging in a wider war, and pushing the US back behind its borders as international law, the global public, and even the American people demand

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