Friday, November 18, 2011
Russian warships have entered Syrian territorial waters
in an aggressive move designed to prevent any NATO-led attack on the
country under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention”.
“Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian
territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating
that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow would
resist any foreign intervention in the country’s civil unrest,” reports Haaretz.
Russia has stepped up efforts to defend Syria
in recent days, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov keen to frame the
violence in the country as a civil war in defiance of claims by western
powers that President Bashar al-Assad has overseen a bloody crackdown on
As we saw prior to the attack on Libya, which was also
framed as a “humanitarian intervention,” NATO powers are keen to
demonize Assad’s government by characterizing attacks by his forces as
atrocities while largely ignoring similar attacks by opposition forces,
such as this week’s raid on a Syrian air force intelligence complex that
killed or wounded 20 security police.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner rejects
Russia’s claim that Syria is in a civil war, stating, “We believe it’s
very much the Assad regime carrying out a campaign of violence,
intimidation, and repression against innocent protesters.”
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