September 2, 2013

Global Developments Regarding Syria: Russia Demands Proof, Egypt Won't Support An Attack, Turkey Is Divided

The evidence is "classified," meaning, "We don't have any evidence that Assad gassed his people, now shut the fuck up and go away, we about to do some bombing, biatch!"

An excerpt from, "Russia not convinced by US evidence on Syria" by AP, September 2:
Speaking at Russia's top diplomatic school, Sergey Lavrov said the evidence Washington presented was not detailed.

"Yes, they showed us some findings but there was nothing specific there: no geographic coordinates, no names, no proof that the tests were carried out by the professionals," Lavrov said. He did not say what tests he was referring to.

"What our American, British and French partners showed us in the past and have showed just recently is absolutely unconvincing," Lavrov said. "And when you ask for more detailed proof they say all of this is classified so we cannot show this to you."
An excerpt from, "Egypt Rejects US Strike on Syria" by Mustafa Salah, Al-Monitor, September 2:
Egypt’s rejection of a military intervention in Syria runs counter to the positions of the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia, toward the Syrian issue.
Ali Hassan said the position toward Syria is different for each country and Egypt rejects US intervention, because otherwise Egypt would be obliged to participate in the military strike, something that the Egyptian army cannot withstand. Moreover, Egypt's participating in a strike against Syria is incongruent with Egypt’s current political conditions.
An excerpt from, "Syrian Intervention Would Be 'Very Costly' to Turkey" by Koray Caliskan, Al-Monitor, September 2:
When we look at it from Turkey’s perspective, we see an adventure whose results will be very costly. Al-Qaeda terrorism and militarism is bound to hit us one day. I don’t understand how militant fundamentalists can be our harmonious neighbors one day. But a secular and modern Kurdish administration promises an environment compatible with Turkey’s social and political structure, as has been proven repeatedly in northern Iraq.

Such an intervention, which the Kurds firmly reject, will also have negative effects on Turkey’s medium-term interests. An intervention will bring the increasingly militant and belligerent civil war to the point of no return.