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Dec 5, 2017

Syria, Russia & Iran shift to diplomacy, while US and allies push for war... The US should prize reconciliation with Syria and Israel should prize reconciliation with Palestinians.

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Syria, Russia & Iran shift to diplomacy, while US and allies push for war... The US should prize reconciliation with Syria and Israel should prize reconciliation with Palestinians.
President Trump promised Turkish President Erdogan that the U.S. won’t supply weapons to the Syrian Kurdish militant group (YPG). This situation makes me puzzle over what the U.S. really wants to do. This indicates that the U.S. is at a loss about what to do. The second article says that “US policy is now scrambling to try to find an alternative to that failed policy.”

Trump’s promise with Erdogan shows that the U.S. has given up creating a Kurdish independent nation “Kurdistan.” It appears that Defense Secretary Mattis intends to have the U.S. forces stay in Syria as long as possible as a tentative measure for Middle East. According to the second article, there are forces which want to hamper achievement of peace. I think that Defense Secretary Mattis is among them. Although the U.S. does not want a large-scale war, there would be no justification for presence of the U.S. forces in Syria if peace were achieved. In other words, Mattis thinks that conflict is main line of business.

The Khazarian mafia has being purged in Saudi Arabia, apparently in cooperation with the Trump administration. It appears that simultaneously with this political upheaval, Saudi Arabia tries to restrain Iran from extending its influence in the Middle East by putting pressure on Lebanon. However, Defense Secretary Mattis has no mind to wage war against Lebanon and Iran. Cooperative relationship among Russia, Iran and Turkey seems to be inconvenient to the U.S. I suppose that President Trump made a promise with President Erdogan to curry favor with him with the intention of driving a wedge into the relationship among the three countries.

However, President Erdogan’s distrust of the U.S. won’t disappear so easily. Russia flatly says that the presence of the U.S. in Syria is illegal. Reading the last article, it appears that President Putin shows his strong will to force those who never follow the international law to follow it.

The U.S. should respect the sovereignty of Syria. Israel has nothing but to make peace with Palestinians if they want to survive as a nation.

November 27, 2017
Masatoshi Takeshita

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Shanti-phula has indicated some parts of the following text in black boldface type or in red letters.

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English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Bloomberg – November 25, 2017 –

U.S. President promises to stop supply of weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters – Turkish Foreign Minister

On 24 U.S. President Trump told in a phone call with Turkish President Erdogan that the U.S. would cease supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish fighters, Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu told reporters. It turns out that the U.S. policy which caused to deteriorate the relationship will discontinue.

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The White House pointed out that the alteration “complies with the conventional policy”. The White House explained: “It reflects a news phase of fighting after the capital as “Islamic State (IS)” called it was defeated by the force the U.S. supports.”

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Excerpt from an excerpt from a Japanese article: Overseas Articles Never Reported by Mass Media – November 26, 2017 –

US betrayal of Kurds an attempt to fix troubled relations with Turkey & failed Syria policy’

Source:

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Trump’s intention to backtrack on his support for the Kurds, experts believe, is part of an attempt to “adjust” failing US policy on Syria, following a number of recent diplomatic markers, achieved with Russia’s direct and dynamic input.  <snip>

What is happening in Syria involves basically a failure of US foreign policy. What I mean is that Washington had allied with the Saudis regarding backing religious zealots. However, with the intervention of Russia, and Iran, and Hezbollah of Lebanon, these forces defeated the so-called Islamic State, defeated the religious zealots and therefore US policy is now scrambling to try to find an alternative to that failed policy,” historian Gerald Horne explained.

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“There has been a lot of Turkish troops going into Northern Syria, so it may be that Washington will align more closely with Turkish troops which will refuse to leave Syria,”   <snip>  There are forces in Washington that want to play a spoiler in this [achieving peace]. They don’t want to see a resolution to the conflict, and that is what is dangerous.”

(The rest is omitted)

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Excerpt from a Japanese article: Overseas Articles Never Reported by Mass Media – November 23, 2017 –

Syria, Russia & Iran shift to diplomacy, while US and allies push for war

Source:

Finnian Cunningham
November 21, 2017

Last week, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said American forces would be staying in Syria despite the contradiction of terror groups being routed.

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Mattis said the new purpose of US forces were to “prevent ISIS 2.0” arising.

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Mattis also said that the expanded US forces were there to ensure the future peace talks in Geneva, resuming on November 28, would gain “traction.”

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But even more sinister is the region-wide context of US force buildup <snip> Saudi Arabia and Israel, pushing for a confrontation with Iran, directly or via Lebanon and Yemen, the expanding military presence in Syria indicates war in that country is far from over. Instead, it could be but a prelude to a more devastating regional conflagration.

(The rest is omitted)


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English translation of an excerpt from the Japanese version of Pars Today – November 26, 2017 –

Iranian President Rouhani says: “Peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved by weapons or support from Israel and U.S.”

Iranian President Rouhani stressed that peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved by weapons or support from the Zionist administration of Israel and the U.S. and told that interference in regional nations by some countries produces a problem.

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President Rouhani said that the Iran, Russia and Turkey summit meeting which was recently held was successful and “the three countries have taken good measures to politically resolve the Syria crisis.”

The trilateral conference was held in Sochi, Russia on 22 this month to study the Syria situation and put an end to the crisis there.

After the summit, the three leaders made a joint statement. They stressed the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria again and agreed to continue cooperation with Syria until the end of final defeat of the terrorist groups.

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English translation of the Japanese version of Sputnik – November 23, 2017 –

President Putin: All Russian enterprises should be ready for increase in production of defense products

© Sputnik/ Alexander Vilf

Russian President Putin said that Russian all major private and national enterprises should be ready for a rapid transition to war-time operations and increase in production of defense products, the Kremlin press service announced.

Sputnik Japan.

According to President Putin, *the ability of any economy to rapidly increase the output of defense products and services when it is needed is one of the most important conditions of the nation’s military security.

*Quotation from

When President Putin discussed the military drills held in September at a conference on military/industrial complex, the president said: “All strategic enterprises and ordinary enterprises, regardless of ownership, should be ready to this end.”


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