Translated by Ollie Richardson
Sputnik asked the political scientist and journalist Rostislav Ishchenko to comment on the situation with the missile attack carried out by the US, Great Britain, and France on military and civil facilities in Syria.
On April 14th planes and ships of the US Army, together with the British and French Air Forces, fired 103 cruise missiles and air-to-surface missile at objects of military and civil infrastructure in Syria. According to the western coalition, the main targets of the attack were “chemical weapons research and production facilities”.
The strikes didn’t solve any problems
According to Rostislav Ishchenko, the night-time events in Syria demonstrate that the stakes in the Russia-America standoff are growing.
“With all due respect for the Syrian air defense systems, I very much doubt that they could shoot down more than two-thirds of the launched missiles without some coordination. The leadership of Syria obviously knew where the missiles were travelling. And practically no missiles landed on objects that are of real value for Syria,” said Ishchenko.
The strike against Syria, according to the expert, was dictated by the desire of the US to save face. But it, in fact, doesn’t solve any global problems.
“The US proved that it can’t coexist in peace with any other country that opposes their will or, at least theoretically, can repel the United States. The US wanted to destroy Assad’s government long ago, to reformat it or to dismantle Syria in general. But the goal isn’t even this – the goal is to dismantle Russia as a country capable of counteraction,” noted Ishchenko.
Therefore, in his opinion, there will be a new provocation that will be on the verge of being a low blow. And it won’t necessarily be in Syria.
“Remember the beginning of the decade when events of the ‘Arab spring’ started to happen simultaneously in Syria and Libya. In Libya the change of power happened quickly, but in Syria this process dragged on. And at some point, in 2014, the US transferred their efforts to Ukraine. Then they paid attention to the Baltic region, then North Korea, and then again became more active in Syria,” stated the expert.
Tension or crisis
The problem is that the process of increasing international tensions cannot be stopped anymore.
According to Ishchenko, the provocations will continue and the next thing won’t necessarily happen in Syria. It can happen in the Baltic region, Ukraine, or Georgia.
“If I were Germany I wouldn’t relax now. Germany is now starting to move away from American influence. After all, there was a chemical provocation in Britain. So why not stage a chemical provocation in Germany? The task is to rally the scattered western monolith at any cost and to discredit the ‘Nord Stream-2‘ gas pipeline currently under construction, because this will be an indicator of the fact that some of Europe nevertheless disobeys the US and can’t cope with the role of being a cordon sanitaire against Russia,” said the expert.
According to the political scientist, America wants to force the scattered Europe to return into its orbit and, after that, relying on its “transatlantic” solidarity, to intensify the confrontation with Russia.
“The US can’t abandon this task, because an attempt to abandon world hegemony will lead to an instant social and economic crisis,” noted the expert.
As he considers, this crisis will have very serious consequences.
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