Remember the Cold War?And the crises focused on Berlin and missiles in Cuba?Could we be on the cusp of a comparable crisis focused on Syria?Among the unanswered questions is the relative weight of Israel in the thinking and threatening being done by the US and Russia.This, too, is not new. Israel figured in American and Russian thinking about the other great power in 1956 and 1973.Both Israel and the US have urged Russia not to supply advanced weapons to Syria.
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Palestinian-Syrian group forming units to fight for Golan | JPost | Israel News http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Palestinian-Syrian-group-forming-units-to-fight-for-Golan-312820 … via @Jerusalem_Post
China’s and India’s Dangerous Game – Atlantic Mobile http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/05/chinas-and-indias-dangerous-game/275622/ …
Economist Roche: Crisis Will Ensue from Central Bank Easing http://www.moneynews.com/FinanceNews/Roche-easing-crisis-central-bank/2013/05/10/id/503808 … via @Newsmax_Media
On the Brink http://nyti.ms/12jWnoh
The Next Pandemic: Not if, but When http://nyti.ms/10eDrbs
Frustrated in its attempt to join the European Union, NATO-member Turkey last week signed up as a partner with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the security bloc dominated by China and Russia that includes the Central Asian states. But, Ankara still has major differences with China and Russia that need to be ironed out.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu described the signing of the SCO cooperation agreement as an historic day for his country, saying Turkey is the first NATO state to establish such a relationship with the SCO. “If we look from a Cold War perspective,” he said, “these may seem like mutually exclusive institutions. However, the Cold War has ended. Turkey won’t be a slave of the Cold War logic.”
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) reports that Israeli fighter jets slipped into Damascus over the weekend and bombed a chemical weapons depot outside the city.
Neither Damascus nor Jerusalem have yet confirmed the attack, according to UPI.
According to The Jewish Press (JP) ”many” reports came in over the weekend confirming the mission. Sources told the JP Israeli jets arrived over Damascus early Saturday morning and circled Assad’s presidential compound before moving on to target the weapons site.
A top general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps on Sunday warned Israel that any military action against Lebanon and the Hezbollah terror group would result in Israel’s destruction.
In an address in the southwestern Iranian city of Shahrekord, Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Sepehr claimed that Iran now extends all the way to the Mediterranean coast, presumably an allusion to Tehran’s influence in Lebanon and Syria via its proxy Hezbollah.
Ironically, the Second Cold War is starting exact where the first one started, on the 38th Parallel on the Korean Peninsula. The parallels to the First Cold War are disconcerting. An ascendant power, read China, asserting its hegemonic ambitions through a proxy state, read North Korea. Last time around, it was the Soviet Union, arming North Korea to push back the American military occupation in the South.
Like the last Cold War, the emergent power is claiming a sphere of influence to buffer it from Anglo-American democracy capitalism.
But China also has reasons to worry about its own claim to the islands. If Japan and Taiwan can come to a compromise, they may be able to cast the mainland as the unreasonable party standing in the way of resolution, thus winning international support.
Taken together with the Philippines’ bid for international arbitration in the South China Sea, this agreement risks making China a territorial pariah. Jerome Cohen, a distinguished expert on Chinese law, argued at a recent event that the two cases suggest a trend toward using international law as a “defensive weapon” by East Asian countries concerned about being overwhelmed by China.