Nikki Haley threatens a military strike if the UN refuses to act against this regime
U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that the United States was prepared to take matters in our own hands if the U.N. refused to act against the Assad regime in Syria.
Here’s what she said
In a statement given at the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Haley gave a brief history of U.S. involvement in Syria, and warned that military action might be taken against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“This is no cease-fire. This is the Assad regime, Iran and Russia continuing to wage war against their political opponents,” Haley charged.
“If we can’t save families that haven’t seen the sun for weeks because they have been hiding underground to escape barrel bombs,” she said, “then the Security Council is as impotent as its worst critics say it is.”
“When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action,” she said.
“We warn any nation that is determined to impose its will through chemical attacks and inhuman suffering, most especially the outlaw Syrian regime, the United States remains prepared to act if we must,” Haley added. “It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again.”
Russia Threatens Military Action Against US If Washington Strikes Syria
While mystery still surrounds the statement by now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who on Monday – when he already knew he was fired – said that Moscow is “clearly” behind the poisoning of Russian double-agent Skripal in the UK and that the Russian action would “trigger a response”, and whether this was a tacit defiance of Trump as he no longer had anything to lose, it is clear that relations between Russia and the US, if not so much Trump, are once again at rock bottom, if not worse.
Confirming this, one week after the WaPo reported that the US is considering new military action against Syria over Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks (as on every other prior occasion), the Russian military threatened action against the U.S. if it strikes Syria’s capital city of Damascus. The threat, by Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov, was reported by Russia media sites such as state news agencies RIA and Tass, according to CNBC.
The General also said Russia had “reliable information” about militants preparing to falsify a government chemical attack against civilians. In other words, another US-false flag attack, like the one launched in 2013 which nearly caused military conflict between Russia and the US.
Gerasimov predicted that the U.S. would then use this attack to accuse Syrian government troops of using chemical weapons. He added that the U.S. would then plan to launch a missile strike on government districts in Damascus.
“In several districts of Eastern Ghouta, a crowd was assembled with women, children and old people, brought from other regions, who were to represent the victims of the chemical incident, ” Gerasimov said, according to RIA.
But far more ominously, Gerasimov said Russia would respond to a U.S. strike on Syria if the lives of Russian servicemen were threatened, targeting any missiles and launchers involved: “In case there is a threat to the lives of our military, the Russian Armed Force will take retaliatory measures both over the missiles and carriers that will use them,” the Russian General said.
The comments come as Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime, which is supported by Russia, continues to carry out airstrikes over the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta just outside Damascus, and where the US has alleged Assad has again used chemical weapons.
The United Nations Security Council had demanded a ceasefire in Syria two weeks ago; on Monday, the U.S. threatened to “act if we must” if the UN ceasefire resolution continues to be ignored. U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Hailey, said Monday that the U.S. was drafting a new ceasefire resolution with “no room for evasion” and warned the country was prepared to act.
“It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again,” Haley told the UN Security Council on Monday. “When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Syrian proxy civil war, in which the U.S. and other allies have supported “moderate” rebel groups to topple the Assad regime under the pretext of fighting ISIS, goes on: the war is also seen as a battle for influence between Russia and the West in the Middle East. As ISIS’ influence has waned and rebel-held locations reclaimed, Assad has regained the upper hand in Syria, and so has Russia.
This is why the US has been increasingly eager to provoke Russia.
Still, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that establishing more deescalation zones in Syria was not a priority for now, Reuters reported. He told reporters that it was important to prevent violation of ceasefire agreements in eastern Ghouta, a situation which he planned to discuss with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who is on a visit to Moscow.
Finally, if the US does indeed pursue military action against Syria using the worn out “chemical attack” false flag, and if Russia does indeed retaliate against US warships in the region, remember to go all in stocks, because nothing is quite as bullish – to Keynesians – as World War III.
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Across rebel-held Syria the roaring sound of incoming jets sends terrified residents scrambling for makeshift shelters.
For Russia’s military, that same sound signifies a degree of success.
While it is still a far second to the United States on the list of global weapons exporters, the war in Syria has served as a marker of Russia’s efforts to sell its own weapons abroad, particularly in the Middle East.
“Today our military industrial complex made our army look in a way we can be proud of,” Vladimir Shamanov, a former commander of Russia’s airborne troops who now serves as head of the Russian Duma’s defence committee, told journalists last month. “As we helped the brotherly Syrian people, we tested over 200 new types of weapons.”
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“It’s not an accident that today they are coming to us from many directions to purchase our weapons, including countries that are not our allies.”
Russia’s military had not been fully involved in an active conflict for decades, until its intervention in Syria in 2015 gave it a chance to show off the new weapons it had developed – from the T90 tank to a pair of Su-57 stealth fighter prototypes that were reported to be in Syria in February.
“It’s pretty indicative of how [the] Russian arms industry has become this main pillar of the Russian economy,” said Yury Barmin, an analyst of Russian policy in the Middle East at the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow. “Whether it is good or bad, it’s definitely been something that has been happening – at least the interest in Russian weapons has spiked.”
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Trump-Russia: Putin criticised for Jewish ‘election meddling’ remark
The Russian president faces a backlash after suggesting minority groups, including Jews, may be responsible for meddling in the 2016 US election.
Vladimir Putin made the comments during a US TV interview with Megyn Kelly.
US lawmakers and Jewish groups are among those criticising him.
Some are publicly asking US President Donald Trump to push Mr Putin for a clarification on what he meant when questioning whether certain groups were actually Russian.
Mr Putin was being asked during the NBC interview about charges of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election after 13 nationals were charged by the US special counsel’s office last month.
“I couldn’t care less because they do not represent the government, I could not care less. They do not represent the interests of the Russian state,” Mr Putin said.
“Maybe they’re not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked.
“Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.”
‘Classic anti-Semitic stereotypes’
Mr Putin has been criticised by some groups, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
“President Putin bizarrely has resorted to the blame game by pointing the finger at Jews and other minorities in his country,” ADL chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
“It is deeply disturbing to see the Russian president giving new life to classic anti-Semitic stereotypes that have plagued his country for hundreds of years, with a comment that sounds as if it was ripped from the pages of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
The comment refers to a work of fiction published in a Russian newspaper in 1903, which was used to justify propaganda that there was a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.
US Senator Richard Blumenthal said the “repulsive” remark should be denounced by world leaders.
Julia Davis, a Russian media analyst, said the comments made clear that Mr Putin only considers “ethnically Russian” people nationals, which she labelled a “disturbing distinction”.
Others suggested that Mr Putin was not blaming any group for the interference comments, rather just dismissively running through a list.
The American Jewish committee has said that Mr Putin should clarify the comments “at the earliest opportunity”.
Subterranean water in diamonds confirms Gen. 7 Flood
In an unprecedented recent discovery, new direct evidence corroborated by scientists verifies that oceans of underground water exist deep inside the Earth’s mantle, which was revealed while recovering water trapped inside of diamonds.
University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) geo-scientist Oliver Tschanuner and his colleagues discovered in their latest study that traces of water were trapped inside diamonds while being pushed up – by intense pressure – to Earth’s surface.
More evidence the Flood is not a Christian myth
However, the highly pressurized underground water comes to no surprise to many Christian scientists and other creationists who have been monitoring the latest research, which corroborates the Genesis 7 Flood account described as the “fountains of the great deep” bursting forth to reshape the Earth into the present geographical characteristics we see today.
“While at least three recent studies have found evidence to support the theory, what few scientists are noting is that the discovery of actual droplets of the water hundreds of miles deep below the Earth’s surface corroborates what the Bible said in the Genesis Flood account,” WND reported. “The discovery is being hailed by other scientists as groundbreaking and surprising.”
In his latest study that was published Thursday in the journal, Science, Tschauner was ecstatic to find impurities in diamonds – which typically depreciates their worth – and the water found inside them helps to explain exactly how the topology of the Earth was formed.
“Small inclusions in diamonds brought up from the mantle provide valuable clues to the mineralogy and chemistry of parts of Earth that we cannot otherwise sample,” the Science piece, “VII Inclusions in Diamonds: Evidence for Aqueous Fluid in Earth’s Deep Mantle” stated. “Tschauner et al. found inclusions of the high-pressure form of water called ice-VII in diamonds sourced from between 410 and 660 km depth – the part of the mantle known as the transition zone … The inclusions suggest that local aqueous pockets form at the transition zone boundary owing to the release of chemically bound water as rock cycles in and out of this region.”
And this groundbreaking discovery was in no way isolated, as Tschauner found water injected inside of diamonds that were jettisoned from miles beneath Earth’s surface in areas spanning the globe – from China, to Botswana, to the Republic of South Africa.
“This shows that this is a global phenomenon,” the UNLV scientist insisted.
With such intense pressure deep within the mantle – which lies beneath the 10-mile-thick layer known as Earth’s crust – water trapped miles underground was not considered likely by most scientists in past decades.
“Scientists theorize the diamonds used in the study were born in the mantle under temperatures reaching more than 1,000-degrees Fahrenheit,” WND explained. “The mantle – which makes up more than 80 percent of the Earth’s volume – is made of silicate minerals containing iron, aluminum, and calcium among others. Until relatively recently, scientists were skeptical that water could be found there.”
Yet Tschauner is elated that his discovery serves to help scientists understand the processes that have formed the Earth – while also helping them to learn where and how heat is produced miles beneath the Earth’s crust.
“These discoveries are important in understanding that water-rich regions in the Earth’s interior can play a role in the global water budget and the movement of heat-generating radioactive elements,” the professor asserted, according to WND. “It’s another piece of the puzzle in understanding how our planet works.”
Ironically, Tschauner made an inadvertent discovery by finding water – which corroborates the Flood account of the Bible – as he was actually looking to find carbon dioxide within the Earth’s crust to prove the global “climate change” theory that the majority of scientists and climatologists are commissioned to prove by today’s academic institutions.
“We’re still looking for it, actually,” Tschauner noted, according to WND.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem mantle petrologist Oded Navon said that the discovery of water in diamonds means that a water-rich fluid exists between the upper and lower mantle – an area known as the “transition zone” – and it is believed that water is present at the top of the lower mantle, as well.
“This is really the first time that we see water at such depths,” Navon shared, according to WND.
Oceans of water underground
The concept of oceans of water underneath the Earth’s surface is nothing new in the scientific community, with another discovery being made back in 2014, when geophysicist Steve Jacobsen of Northwestern University and seismologist Brandon Schmandt from the University of New Mexico found evidence of vast oceans of water being trapped underneath Earth’s mantle.
“Four hundred miles beneath North America, Schmandt and Jacobsen found deep pockets of magma, which indicates the presence of water,” ILFScience.com announced based on a report issued by Science. “However, this isn’t water in any of the three forms we are familiar with. The pressure coupled with the high temperatures forces the water to split into a hydroxyl radical (OH) which is then able to combine with the minerals on a molecular level. This water, which is bound up in rock, could indicate the largest water reservoir on the planet. It is believed that plate tectonics cycle the water in and out, and the water affects the partial melting of rock in the mantle.”
Jacobson also confirmed that the discovery of water deep inside the Earth helps scientists understand the processes that shaped it.
“Geological processes on the Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes or erupting volcanoes, are an expression of what is going on inside the Earth, out of our sight,” Jacobson stated in a press release. “I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet. Scientists have been looking for this missing deep water for decades.”
And this is no small amount of water, as Jacobson said that if just 1 percent of the mantle rock’s weight in the transition zone was water, it would be approximately three times more water than what we see in today’s oceans.
“After decades of searching scientists have discovered that a vast reservoir of water, enough to fill the Earth’s oceans three times over, may be trapped hundreds of miles beneath the surface, potentially transforming our understanding of how the planet was formed,” the Guardian reported. “The study used data from the USArray, a network of seismometers across the U.S. that measure the vibrations of earthquakes, combined with Jacobsen’s lab experiments on rocks simulating the high pressures found more than 600km underground.”
The processes taking place deep beneath the Earth’s surface were further detailed in the research.
“It produced evidence that melting and movement of rock in the transition zone – hundreds of kilometers down, between the upper and lower mantles – led to a process where water could become fused and trapped in the rock,” the Guardian’s Melissa Davey recounted from the study. “The discovery is remarkable because most melting in the mantle was previously thought to occur at a much shallower distance, about 80km below the Earth’s surface.”
It was noted that the vast amount of water trapped underneath the Earth could very likely be serving as a buffer for the surface water above the crust.
“If [the stored water] wasn’t there, it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountaintops would be the only land poking out,” Jacobsen explained to the New Scientist.