Are we starting to see clear lines being drawn in the Middle East?

Posted by: reece

China is now saying they'll provide military support to the Syrian government.

  • Yes

  • No

86% 6 votes
14% 1 votes
  • China has the manpower and the firepower to deal with terrorism in the middle east. US military forces are already stretched thin. The war against ISIS and terrorism needs to be a global affair - not just one led by the United States. This is a positive development.

  • Israel, Turkey, (Parts of Iraq) and Saudi Arabia are under NATO/Western spheres of influence. Iran,the Assad Regime and Iraq are firmly under Russian influence (and indirectly, China and Brazil). Proxy lines have been drawn much in the way of the Cold War.

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Juan_Pablo_4_hillary says2016-08-17T12:13:02.1636333Z
As long as China and Russia understand that they're there to fight terrorism and help improve life for Syrians, not harm them, I think this can only be beneficial. Yeah, it will hurt the United State's ego to see other major foreign powers involved with slightly different approach philosophies to rights and international improvement, but the world isn't black and white is it?
reece says2016-08-17T13:05:54.3003959Z
How about the possibility of a pro Assad coalition forming?
Juan_Pablo_4_hillary says2016-08-17T13:19:49.2957484Z
Bashir Assad has committed numerous human rights violations on his own people, including the use of chemical weapons against Syrian rebels and on civilians, which shouldn't be played down. But there's also a large segment of the Syrian country which supports him and fears the rebels. (Syria is made up of numerous demographic and minority groups, and allegiance is given to different leaders; some have even allied acknowledged terrorist groups, like ISIS, Jabha al-Nusra and Al Queda. It's a messy and complicated situation.) However, the emphasis must be placed on eradicating ISIS (the largest and most destructive terrorist organization in the area), and in bringing the 5-year old Civil War to an end. The war so far as been indecisive, and it will take years and thousands of more Syrian lives to have it terminate on its own. It must be forced to stop.
reece says2016-08-17T13:47:11.2818681Z
So what of the possibility?
Juan_Pablo_4_hillary says2016-08-17T13:54:13.5722952Z
I think all sides will have to sit on top of their wins and accept their losses at this point, for a permanent ceasefire to be reached. Failure to reach such a compromise guarantees that thousands more Syrians will die and that the refugee crisis (which is already a global crisis and has been for several years) drags on.
Juan_Pablo_4_hillary says2016-08-17T13:56:00.4042102Z
World War 2 took six years to fight. The Syrian Civil War will likely last longer.
Juan_Pablo_4_hillary says2016-08-17T15:38:31.9887896Z
America needs to learn how to share in the world. I think China getting involved in the MIddle East will help prevent World War 3 and irrational decisions by the United States. This will benefit the US and the world.
reece says2016-08-17T16:25:29.1221642Z
Do you think the tensions in the South China Sea are playing a role?
Juan_Pablo_4_hillary says2016-08-17T16:27:23.8855531Z
Absolutely. The world is a dangerous place, kiddo.
reece says2016-08-17T16:39:14.3780342Z
I'm just testing you.
reece says2016-08-18T05:49:56.7091143Z
@UtherPenguin Looks like Turkey and Russia might have an understanding. Relations with the US have soured.

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