Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tillerson Brings Tough Line to Moscow Over Russia's Backing for Syrian Regime



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Due to the recent chemical attacks that have been blamed on the Syrian government, the U.S has organized a meeting with Russia to discuss the alliance between Putin and the Assad regime. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson displayed the contempt towards Russia's alliance. He attempted to persuade the Russian government to come to terms with the U.S in an effort to create another alliance with other western countries. Putin, understanding the tension increase has stated that he has "information" that there are extremists who plan to plant a chemical bomb and blame it on the Syrian government. He also took a blow at the ex-President George W. Bush administrations invasion of Iraq as a comparison to the recent missile strikes on Syrian military bases (basically saying that they were both witch hunts). Putin believes that the tensions between the U.S and Russia are higher now than during the Cold War. Do you believe this? Do you think that it could escalate to even a World War III situation? Do you think that Putin will end his alliance with Syria?

7 comments:

  1. Honestly, there is something suspicious about these chemical attacks. I'm not saying Assad didn't do them, but I'm not ready to say he did either. My skepticism comes from the fact that the rebel forces fighting Assad are losing significantly, so why would Assad violate international law and risk provoking a direct US intervention previously threatened by Obama when he has nothing to gain and everything to lose? I'll withhold any belief on the issue until conclusive evidence can be released. I would disagree with anyone who draws a firm conclusion unless they present sufficient evidence, but the worst that can come from that is a heated argument. When the person who lacks that skepticism is the president of the US, who has the ability to launch missiles, drone strikes, invasions, and even nuclear warheads, I will justifiably feel sheer terror. It doesn't help when the Democratic establishment mockingly brands him Putin's puppet (without sufficient evidence to boot), a title that an immature egomaniac such as himself would be more than willing to go to great lengths to disprove just as he has by attacking an ally of Putin.

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  2. I don't believe that this conflict will escalate that much, but it is necessary for Rex Tillerson to take this situation as serious as possible. I don't think Putin will break off relations with Syria, although he might need to make a change in order for the situation to not escalate.

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  3. I agree with Peter that it's very confusing as to why Assad would decide to start using chemical weapons when had already been successful without them. However, footage from the chemical attacks are absolutely devastating, and it's hard to be mad at the administration for the missile strikes once one has seen it, which goes to show why there are both democrats and republicans in favor of it. On the other hand, I believe there was not enough evaluation of the outcome of this situation, seeing as like Peter said we should be skeptical, and like the article portrays, tensions between the U.S. and Russia have most definitely been heightened. I don't think tensions are necessarily higher than they were during the cold war, seeing as when you contextualize (!!) the tensions now may seem higher compared to recent relations, but in comparison to the Cold War, I don't think we can equate them. I also do not think Putin will end his alliance with Syria- that seems implausible to assume.

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  4. I definitely do no think tensions were as high as during the cold war. The reason I believe this is because that if that were the case, many would've noticed it by now. I'm sure with all the media exposure to war that it would've produced a similar effect to the red scare if that were the case. The minds of today are smart enough to notice if the tensions were really that high, and if the tensions were that high then I am sure it would be the topic of the day and would be subject on people's minds everyday. I don't think that this situation would escalate to WWIII. I think there would have to be a lot more tension. No clue if Putin would end his alliance, although I can see it happening.

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  5. Tensions are definitely not higher that during the cold war. As well as there being no possibility in my mind that we will have world war III. This is because I strongly believe that all countries will try to settle this conflict as peacefully as possible. Even Trump who is known for his rash decisions, will make an effort to resolve this peacefully.

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  6. I don't believe any nation would desire a WWW III simply because of the evolution of nuclear weapons and how they could potentially destroy are planted if they are unleashed. Also, I don't believe tensions are anywhere near as high as the Cold War because we are not in a battle with the ideologies of Russia and other nations aren't as affected as the they were during the Cold War. Furthermore, the Cold War had drastic effects on America internally, and we are not seeing anything of the sort today.

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