Hillary Clinton has done more to reignite the Cold War than any other US Secretary of State since the Reagan era. Now that we know her plan is for a direct strike on Russian interests in Syria, how long will it be before Putin hits back?

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made it known that her global geopolitical agenda is to weaken Russia and achieve for the United States absolute dominance over the world’s oil resources. It is now public knowledge that NATO established and funds the White Helmets in Syria; a supposed humanitarian force that has been found to attack civilians and undermine the country’s own civil defence force. Now, thanks to WikiLeaks, we are aware that Secretary Clinton hopes to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria. In the Ukraine NATO members have been deeply involved in the training of Ukrainian army and militia units in their fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east, and across Eastern Europe the US has been increasing its military presence while reinforcing its nuclear strength in a European-Turkish ring around Russia’s western frontier.

The intention here is not to paint Russia or Vladimir Putin in an overly positive light. Russia too has its ambitions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Yet what Sec. Clinton is doing is sending a message to Moscow saying that the US is willing to wall it in in the furtherance of its own strategic ambitions. Back in October 1962 the United States was prepared to go to war with the Soviet Union in order to stop Russian nuclear bases being established on the island of Cuba, less than 500 miles from the coast of Florida. Now Russia is to be expected to roll over as Washington goes about its business of parking an unprecedented nuclear arsenal all around its backyard. Not only would it be dangerous for Russian security for Putin to do nothing, by doing nothing he will be seen as weak by the Russian people – not something the Russians like in their leaders.

In the cache of Hillary’s emails obtained from her campaign chairman’s (John Podesta) inbox and released by WikiLeaks she spells out her plans for imposing a no-fly zone over Syria. This plan does not have ISIS in its sights, as the Islamic State doesn’t have an air force. The only air units over Syria are those of the Russian – already targeted by the US’ ally Turkey – and Syrian alliance. She goes on in the emails to acknowledge that her no-fly zone will cost a lot of lives; as air defence bases are in urban areas and Russian and Syrian jets will have to be brought down. What this amounts to, as a policy, is a declaration of war against Russia – an escalation of what is at present a regional or proxy war into a wider global conflict.

While only Russia and the Syrian government have been consistent in their fight against the Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly the Al-Nusra Front, formerly Al-Qaeda), the United States and the United Kingdom have been arming Jabhat Fateh al-Sham “rebels” and ISIS through Saudi Arabia, and funding the Islamic State by importing its oil through Turkey. Putin’s Russia has every right to be annoyed with the United States, and as the Western media continues to stir up anti-Russian hysteria it is likely that Russia will make moves in the coming days to defend its position in Syria. What is most troubling in all of this is that Putin has already stated that he considers his nuclear weapond to be part of his regular arsenal.

We fly – you don’t: US wants no-fly zone over Syria, but only for Russia & the Syrians

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