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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Syria and Russia Strengthen Ties

Syria and Iran have already strengthened ties, and now Russia is entering fray. The USSR used to use the Tartus naval base in the harbor. This was a strategic port for them against the USA. They are now back, and they are bringing weapons and men with them.

This does not appear friendly toward the Global War on Terror (GWOT).
A team of technicians is currently replacing hatches and antennas on the base's floating dock, where incoming ships are refueled and loaded with provisions. More and more Russian landing vessels like the "Jamal," and modernized warships like the "Smetlivy" and the "Pytlivy," are dropping anchor in the ancient Crusader port. The missile cruiser "Moskva," the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, with a crew of 850 and Vice Admiral Vassily Kondakov on board, paid a visit to the Latakia naval base in February. As in the old days, Kondakov met with the head of Syria's navy to assure his Syrian counterpart that Russian-Syrian relations are about to experience "an upswing." [continue reading]
The USA must take precautions to make sure the Ba'athists who are hiding in Syria, and the terrorists as well, do not gain access to the weapons of mass destruction that Syrians president has in his possession. Also, this is a base for Hizbollah.

There is much more information in the Der Spiegel, a German newspaper. I recommend this paper highly, because our own papers only want to play gotcha. They are not concerned with our national security, and they are not too interested in foreign news...unless it is bad. Don't let them fool you.

Germany has better dealings with the news around the world. A friend of ours, Jorg, covers the Carnivals of German-American Relations. While this article does not directly deal with our trans-Atlantic relationship, I would like to submit it to the Carnival.

I really want to encourage all of you who have a blog or a site to look through your archives. You may have an article recently written dealing with Germany, Europe, or our relationship that you would like to submit as well. Let me know, and I will help you.

You may also want to visit Jorg's site to read what the Germans and Americans think. Some articles are pro-trans-Atlantic, some are not. No surprise there. Give it a try. Thank you, and have a good day.

Category: Syria, USSR, Terrorism and Germany.