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Fri Oct 9, 2015, 08:38 AM

What the Arab media thinks about Russia's actions in Syria


Russia's military intervention in Syria is being widely discussed among Arab media outlets. Many warn of the possible consequences of Putin's plans. These, it is said, may soon be felt far beyond Syria's borders.

What the Arab media thinks about Russia's actions in Syria
Kersten Knipp

Planes, missiles from the Caspian Sea, and the promise of battle-ready ground troops: Russia is supporting Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime with everything it has .

Will it bring peace anytime soon? One shouldn't count on it. And according to the Saudi-owned news channel "Al-Arabiya," the opposite may well happen: It says Russia may have bitten off more than it can chew. "Regardless of calls for jihad, Russia will lose in Syria - just like Hezbollah and Iran have."

The station continued by saying that the scale of the intervention would not change the outcome: "The Russians are trying to save a regime that is on the brink of collapse."

Even if Assad were to survive politically, the London-based newspaper "Al Hayat" - which is also Saudi-owned - says it is an open question as to how things might evolve for Russia. The newspaper is doubtful that the situation will take a turn for the better. That is also why the paper puts no creed into Russian claims: "The Russians profess that they don't want to let Syria become another Libya - as if the situation in Syria is one bit better than it is in Libya."

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Fri Oct 9, 2015, 08:48 AM

1. Media is so far gone in America we do not know world reaction.

I am sure a Russian presence in the Middle East is what the locals really want.

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Fri Oct 9, 2015, 09:22 AM

2. Hohoho. At least two arabic newspapers demand that the US-military gets in there.

Yeah, I have an idea: Let the Arabic League handle this. They refused to say something bad about Gaddafi, they refused to say something bad about Assad, always talking sweet diplomatic nothings from their high horse.

The West has nothing to gain from expanding its military engagement: It's simple psychology.
Studies have shown that workers get demotivated by bad things in the workplace, but in turn they don't get motivated by good things in the workplace.
If the West expands its military commitment in Syria and everything goes wrong, prepare for a new generation of islamic extremism. If everything goes right, prepare for indifference and ignorance.

For real peace, lasting peace, to come to the Middle-East, the Arabs would have to get rid of their dictatorships and learn some religious tolerance. (Europe learned religious tolerance through 300 years of bloody wars.) Until then, all attempts are futile.

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