Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Syria and Russia

It seems as if the current Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on the rebels. Obama said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be the "red line". Even though the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons, Obama has not put troops in Syria and for good reason.

Israel, on the other hand, has taken a more direct approach to the use of chemical weapons in Syria with recent airstrikes to weapon caches held by the regime. The main reason they have taken a more direct approach is because they are very close geographically. Israel does not want Islamic extremists to take control of the Syrian government, due to the fact the Islamic extremists would want to take back the territory Israel occupies. 

On a different note about Syria, Russia has said that they will  sell S-300's to Syria even after much pressuring from other countries. S-300's are advanced air defense missile. This will not help help appease the U.S. after the recent Boston Marathon bombing. The assumed culprits had ties to Russia and it appears that Russian security forces may have known that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother were extremists. Which has increased tensions between the U.S. and Russia.  

With the Russians claiming to have caught a CIA agent not long after the Boston Marathon bombing, tensions between the U.S. and Russia are becoming worse and worse. In the next few months, both the U.S. and Russia will try and help ease the tensions, though Russia may be more reluctant now. The U.S. and Russia must approach this delicately, otherwise tensions will only heighten.