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

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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

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • rbrooks

    he is just following in reagans foot steps. reagan brought us bin laden. wonder who obama will create.

    • Laurin Desso

      I think it was Bush Sr. that brought us bin Laden while he was in charge of the CIA.

      • rbrooks

        none of you know your history. reagan backed bin laden when russia invaded afghan.

    • monizame

      you are a queer no doubt.

  • agbjr

    “The Constitution supposes, what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of government most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature.”

    James Madison

  • CatGman

    Just wha tin the hell makes anybody think that the dumb-asses in Washington are capable of learning from the past. The cant even learn from their own mistakes. Sad.

  • ChuckS123

    I don’t think Reagan intended that the people he supported would become our big enemies, but Obama should know better. Indeed, Obama may want to support America’s enemies. A lot of liberals don’t like America and think
    America is too strong. Obama is doing a “good” job of helping America not be so strong. We should stay out of Syria. It looks like Obama – and too many republicans – are supporting one set of bad guys against another.

  • securityman

    the thing is, obummer is doing this because he wants his people armed and ready to take over this country. and believe me. the American public”ARE NOT HIS PEOPLE'”

  • $36364326

    Let them fight their own battles. We don’t need another economy busting cold war with Russia. On the other hand arming Syrian rebels is the same as handing weapons to the muslim brotherhood hypocrite baby raping terrorists. Let barry boy lead them, from his cell after he is tried for treason!