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Russia: In Syria, U.S. Is Making Same Mistake It Did In 1980’s Afghanistan

June 21, 2013 by  

Russia and the United States are essentially engaged in proxy war following President Barack Obama’s public decision to support, and arm, Syrian rebels bent on toppling the nation’s government.

The Russian government has slammed the U.S. for making the same mistake it did during the 1980’s, when arms were provided to al-Qaida fighters in the Mideast who later orchestrated terror attacks against Americans.

According to Bloomberg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview in St. Petersburg, “Al-Qaeda was basically born from the Mujahedeen movement financed by the United States when the Soviets were in Afghanistan. Then al-Qaeda boomeranged.”

Via CBS News:

Lavrov was asked if Russia is warning the West in particular against providing the rebels with shoulder-fired air defense missiles that could challenge Assad’s air dominance. He replied: “We believe this is absolutely illegitimate, and we aren’t going to legitimize it by starting discussing some conditions on which these supplies could be justified.”

Putin, speaking to reporters after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a business forum in St. Petersburg, argued that Western weapons, if they are supplied to the opposition, could fall into the hands of al-Qaida-linked militants who form part of the rebel force and eventually be used against the West.

Putin also warned that if Assad steps down, that could lead to the vacuum of power that would be quickly filled by al-Qaeda-connected rebels. “How can we avoid it? There are well-armed, and very aggressive,” he said.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to defend the U.S.’s actions which have been criticized by some Mideast and European heads of state on Saturday. The diplomat is currently on a tour of the Mideast.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • victor freeman

    Putin,is right.victor freeman

  • Don miller

    Well these past wars were not to defend this country or it’s borders we invaded plain and simple and it’s not just the presidents fault I thought congress had some say in there as to whether or not we go to war and if so then they should share the blame to a lot of these countries we’ve gone to war with since Vietnam were not a threat to this country we INVADED!! And for what reason either to set up a national banking system or to steal their resources period like I’ve said before we fight their wars for them wethe people pay our taxes like good little subjects we abide by their oppressive laws they put on us we don’t retaliate when they try to steal our rights and some of those are God given we work on their factories for the wages they deem acceptable while they sit in lavish offices ever seen inside a federal courtroom I have imported wood Marbella all the other lixerious items who pays for those we the people do that’s who help me people I’m crying help me

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    America is making the same mistakes, Russia went bankrupt trying to control and manipulate other countries. Americans used to point the finger at them and say how bad Russia was. But now our Government is doing the same thing, and has alot of countries mad at the U.S.A the government is using terrorism as a tool.

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    The U.N. Is behind alot of it. I believe it was Bush who signed a secrete pact with the U.N. giving them basic control of our military. They even have U.N. forces on American soil. Tell me something isn’t right.

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