This year’s Russian war simulation raises further questions regarding their true aims.
Despite the problematic issues with the U.S. and failed efforts to negotiate with Syria, the government of Russia has come up with a plan to stage the events of a nuclear war.
Nuclear War Simulation Turn Out
Beginning on Tuesday, the drill includes the presence of over a thousand government officials and millions of other citizens.
This is also the reason why the exercise containment is managed with over 200,000 rescue professionals and almost 50,000 vehicles.
According to the Interfax, Minister Vladimir Puchkov stated how the main “priority during the drill is to train evacuation of the civilian population from potentially-risky areas.”
“The main goal of the drill is to practice organization of management during civil defense events and emergency and fire management, to check preparedness of management bodies and forces of civil defense on all levels to respond to natural and man-made disasters and to take civil defense measures.”
Russia has been doing evacuation tests ever since 2012. This time, it was preceded by a big announcement.
If the U.S. and NATO will not reverse recent military actions, Russia will exit a long-term plutonium disposal agreement.
Within an announcement issued on Monday, news appeared. Syrian officials stated that a ceasefire between the U.S and Russia which lasted a week has now ended.
Also, the U.S. State Department is cutting off diplomatic communications with the Russians. In the meanwhile, Syrian and Russian armies are increasing their assaults on Aleppo, a rebel-held city.
Even spokesman of the State Department John Kirby had something to say on the matter at hand.
“The United States is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the cessation of hostilities.”
Dissatisfied with the decision, he blamed Russia for not being able to fulfill its end of the deal.
Further Acknowledgment Over the Issue
As a response to this, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister disagreed. From his perspective, the attempt of Pentagon officials to end the deal between Russia and Syria is not the first.
“Regrettably, from the very beginning there have been many of those, including in the US administration, seeking to break down these agreements.
And it is still more regrettable that those who are against political settlement of the Syrian crisis, against the implementation of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and who are openly seeking to employ a force scenario ultimately managed to do that yesterday.”
On Lavrov’s behalf, the U.S. is guilty. Their inability to separate the rebel group from the extremist party siding with Al-Qaeda represents the main issue.
Also, they are not able to provide a secure route, including what we know as Castello Road. This is yet another key element in the cease-fire deal. The situation “is regrettable and deplorable” , he said.
“Due to internal contradictions, the United States has turned to be unable to implement its liabilities under out agreements not only in what concerns separation of the so-called moderate opposition from Jabhat al-Nusra [an Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group recently renamed Jabhat Fateh al-Sham] but also in what concerns the extremely clear, concrete liabilities on unblocking Castello Road as a major route to solve Aleppo’s humanitarian problems.”
Other Voices are Heard
Foreign ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova also admitted to Al Jazeera. She mentioned:
“Washington simply did not fulfill the key condition of the agreement to improve the humanitarian condition around Aleppo. After failing to fulfill the agreements that they themselves worked out, they are trying to shift responsibility on to someone else.”
She has reached a conclusion. Nothing at this point can assure that what we know is true. So, who are Jahbat al-Nusra and who is leading them?
And how is Washington keeping in on his promise to divide terrorism from the opposition?
Are We Getting Closer to War?
The exchange of blaming one another continues between Russia and the United States. The White House has also stated that the leak of diplomatic communication is at least troubling.
“Collapse of talks takes the United States one step closer to an unnecessarily deadly ‘military solution’ to the Syria crisis”. This is what James Carden had to say in his article published on The Nation. He also called it the “most dangerous development in a New Cold War.”
Carden condemned such actions, especially now when high charges of the national security could impose a “no-fly zone” over Syria. This could stop Russian and Syrian armies from targeting rebel forces.
Carden also says that “a military solution and facile promises of easy answers like the imposition of no-fly and/or safe zones (which are neither easy nor answers) is not the way forward”.
He goes on adding that “Obama and his advisers have made a potentially grave error in cutting off talks with the Russians, and even a cursory glance back through the history of recent American military interventions should steer them back to, not away from, the negotiating table.”
Journalist Robert Parry blamed Obama. The foreign policy administration on the issue involving Russia and Syria was indeed condemned.
How true are the facts? Are we close to starting an actual war?
The Monday release called Do We Really Want Nuclear War with Russia? holds more evidence on this.
Propaganda War against Russia
From Parry’s perspective, U.S. involved itself in ” a propaganda war against Russia“. Seeing the complexity of the Russia-Syria events, Parry mentions the spot that U.S. occupies gives us reasons to worry:
“This propaganda apparatus now has so many specialized features that you get supposedly ‘progressive’ and ‘anti-war’ organizations promoting a major U.S. invasion of Syria under the guise of sweet-sounding policies like ‘no-fly zones’ and ‘safe zones,’ the same euphemisms that were used as the gateway to bloody ‘regime change’ wars in Iraq and Libya.
“There exists what intelligence veterans call a Mighty Wurlitzer, an organ with so many keys and pedals that it’s hard to know where all the sounds come from that make up the powerful harmony, all building to the same crescendo. But that crescendo may now be war with nuclear-armed Russia, which finds in all this demonizing the prelude to either a destabilization campaign aimed at ‘regime change’ in Moscow or outright war.
“Yet, the West can’t seem to muster the sanity or the honesty to begin toning down or even showing skepticism toward the escalating charges aimed at Russia. We saw similar patterns in the run-up to war in Iraq in 2002-2003 and in justifying the ouster, torture and murder of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
“Western propaganda also has enveloped the conflict in Syria to such an extent that the American people don’t understand that the U.S. government and its regional ‘allies’ have been supporting and arming jihadist groups fighting under the command of Al Qaeda and even the Islamic State.
The propaganda has focused on demonizing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while downplaying or ignoring the real nature of the ‘moderate’ opposition.”
Carden believes that there is a big number of interests now active in Syria. Due to this, the stakes are even higher that they were in other situations like Iraq or Libya.
The difference here, he said, is that “both the Russians and Iranians have personnel on the ground in Syria, while the Russian and the Syrian Arab Air Forces are executing an air campaign over rebel-held (or more accurately, jihadi-held) east Aleppo.The mainstream media continue to gloss over the rather salient fact that civilians who are trying to flee the Russian-Syrian bombardment are often blocked from doing so by US- and Gulf State–funded ‘rebels.’”
Also, President Obama received the concerns of many veteran officials of the U.S. intelligence. They said that it would be wise to have a one-on-one meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. This way, cooperation between the two nations could still be maintained.
Their exact words were :
“We strongly recommend that you invite President Putin to meet with you in a mutually convenient place, in order to try to sort things out and prevent still worse for the people of Syria.”
We cannot be sure if president Obama knows about or has read the memo he received. It seems to be one of the issues of great concern.
Maybe the Russian’s annual mock is a sign. Or it could be something bigger than we ever imagined.
So, are we actually facing the beginning of a new war? Are we safe to think that we are safe?