As Russia continues to appear to the Western media as the voice of reason in the current game of NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) brinkmanship in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, the blurred and often dizzying diplomatic and military ties between the saber rattlers just became even more muddied, as reported by the right-of-center news portal The Daily Caller and also by Russia Today on Sept. 12, 2013.
Appearing on Russian television, Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad flatly stated he won’t cooperate with anyone regarding his chemical weapons arsenal until the U.S. stops supplying the Syrian Islamist and al-Qaeda allied rebels.
As Assad stated:
When we see that the United States truly desires stability in our region and stops threatening and seeking to invade, as well as stops arms supplies to terrorists then we can believe that we can follow through with the necessary processes.
Yet on the same day half a world away, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations is claiming that his nation is now "legally" a full member within the UN-brokered Chemical Weapons Convention.
After the UN accepted the signed, sealed and delivered documents from the Damascus government, Ambassador Bashar Jaafari informed reporters in New York:
Legally speaking Syria has become, starting today, a full member of the convention.
Jaafari went on to claim that Assad signed a legislative decree that "declared the Syrian Arab Republic approval to accede to the convention" and that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem had written to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to notify it of Syria's decision, which is enough to legally join the convention.
Those Who Do Not Remember The Past...
Much like 1914 when a set of second and third rate nations drew the globe's superpowers into the First World War, and yet again in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland triggering World War Two, Western Asia is a tangle of treaties and mutual defense pacts in which a single amateurish diplomatic decision or military misstep could conceivably result in a nuclear exchange between belligerents.
Russia has stated on more than one occasion that “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security.”
An Attack On One Is An Attack On All...
With the civil war ravaged Syrian nation bordering America's Turkish NATO partner to its south, if any of Assad's forces strike sovereign Turkish territory, the Ankara government could not only legitimately strike back, but every NATO member state would be treaty bound to militarily assist in any armed response.
Subsequently, both the Russians and the Iranians would have no choice but to come to the defense of their mutual ally in Damascus.