Monday, January 23, 2012

The Tsars have learned nothing and forgotten nothing

Just over 30 years after helping create Al Qaeda by getting sucked into a war in Afghanistan, the Russians are on the same slippery slope again:

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has signed a contract to sell combat jets to Syria, a newspaper reported Monday, in apparent support for President Bashar Assad and open defiance of international condemnation of his regime's bloody crackdown.  The respected business daily Kommersant, citing an unidentified source close to Russia's Rosoboronexport state arms trader, said the $550-million deal envisions the delivery of 36 Yak-130 aircraft. A spokesman for Rosoboronexport refused to comment on the report.

If confirmed, the deal would cement Russian opposition to international efforts to put pressure on Assad's regime over its attempts to snuff out the country's uprising. The U.N. says more than 5,400 people have died over 10 months. The report of the sale comes the same day that Human Rights Watch called Russia's backing of the Syrian regime "immoral."

Hopefully the other players in Syria -- not entirely dissimilar from the other players in Afghanistan -- are not as stupid.

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