The Great Game

Great Power Realignment – To Russia?

The shelling of Syrian soldiers by the Turkish military is one more step back into Great Power politics — historic Turkish-Russian enmity played out over Kurds and Syrians. The U.S. appears to believe 21st century wars cannot be won by military force and that battling parties can be induced to set aside their national and religious aims for a negotiated “peace.” Meanwhile, the parties to the conflict are using their armies to pursue victory.

  • Ho Hum

    The Gatestone Institute was created by Ambassador John Bolton – a neocon who played a role in pushing false evidence of Iraqi “wmd’s” which was used to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq. Bolton is trying to do the same thing with Syria by pushing outright lies about Assad in an effort to promote regime change. I hope there is a special place in hell for Bolton.

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    • Minicapt

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  • tom_billesley

    Kipling’s “The Great Game” is revived.

  • canminuteman

    The difference is that now Russia only has twice the population of Turkey and a declining population Turkey has a very much greater increase in population to the point that in another 40 years there will be more Turks than Russians.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The last I heard, Trump would negotiate a modus vivendi with the Russians while Israel has adopted a neutral stance between the parties with a subtle tilt toward the Kurds.

  • Russia is getting its Middle Eastern gateway.

    Are Obama and Trudeau’s backers bothered by this?