Return of the Cold War:
Russian hegemony switches from historical support of Israel's enemies, to their proxy terrorist organizations.
Over a Million Russian Israelis: Lives threatened by their former empire's endless thirst for power, quest for deniability.
Russia is in high defense mode now that it is being revealed that most of Israel's fighting casualties came from Russian anti tank weaponry. Weapons not even nec. being used against tanks, these advanced missiles were used as rocket launchers targeting soldiers, vehicles, Lebanese buildings with Israeli troops inside etc.
It is no mystery where these weapons came from including the most advanced russian anti-tank missile the RPG-29 which can penetrate both Israeli & American Armor and caused heavy tolls on Israel. Equally as disturbing, this is the top killer of American forces in Iraq, rivaled only in terms of sheer numbers by the IEDs or roadside bombs (shaped charges and advanced explosives which evidence shows are coming from Iran..)
The picture painted is damning, Russia in cahoots with Iran & Syria is actively contributing to the mass death of coalition forces in the war on terror. Russia supplies Iran with their nuclear technologies, stands in the way of international consensus in dealing with Iran and is CLEARLY on some sicko cold war effort to assert its dominance in the Midde East. Of course the Russians deny it all, talking of how verifiable their weapons exports are..
MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has been supplying no modern anti-tank weapons to Lebanon-based radical group Hizbollah, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday, denying Israeli media reports.
Israel's Haaretz daily quoted intelligence sources Sunday as saying that Israel's ground troops casualties mostly resulted from special anti-tank units of Hizbollah using modern Russian-made RPG-29 that had been sold by Moscow to the Syrians and then transferred to the organization.
"Such insinuations are a source of bewilderment in Moscow, to say the least," Mikhail Kamynin said. "If there are any questions raised, they can be addressed through normal diplomatic channels. So far we have had no such inquiries, and no proof has been presented."
Kamynin said Russia honored its international obligations. "We have repeatedly said that Russia keeps to its international obligations in military and technical cooperation, including with the Middle East countries," he said. The spokesman added that Russia's control over weapons exports was very reliable.
"Our control system over weapons exports is one of the most reliable and makes any inaccuracy in weapons destination impossible," Kamynin said. "We also take into consideration the military and political tension in the Middle East that requires a weighed and verified approach to such issues."
If I were the Russians I'd start worrying about making these sort of flat out denial statements, as no one is either fooled or impressed. An Israeli foreign mission delegation has been dispatched to Russia for talks on this VERY issue, perhaps they will present the fast talking, fast selling Russians with some of the 'proof' they need. Fragments of recovered Hezbollah launched anti tank weapons and shrapnel pieces of these rockets have been sent to Russia, they bear clearly marked Cyrillic (the Russian alphabet) letters & markings.
THE RPG-29 Vampir (Courtesy of Russia official state exports company)
The RPG-29 portable AT rocket launcher with the PG-29V rocket is designed to destroy armoured vehicles, weapon systems and personnel in various shelters.
RPG-27 features superb characteristics, it is easy-to-handle and reliable in operation.
The rocket launcher fires the PG-29V rocket with a tandem shaped-charge warhead. The launcher is breech-loaded. The booster burns only while inside the launcher, then the rocket flies along a ballistic trajectory, providing a close pattern of fire. It is stabilised by eight fins. There is a tracer provided to adjust fire. The tandem warhead allows killing hard targets including stateof- the-art tanks fitted with ERA.
In any case, the fact remains that Iran & Syria are buying from Russia and handing these things out to terrorists like candy and the Russians are plenty aware of this. With the Russians supposedly 'engaged' with the War on Terror due to their Chechnyan terrorist problem it might be time for Putin to put up or shut up on the international stage.
No one very much likes a guy who acts like a dirty little commie, and no one especially likes a commie who hands out weapons to terrorists while similar terrorists murder citizens, Russians included. Either Russia wants to be part of the Western World or it doesn't. Stop making a few bucks on the back of Israeli, American, and UK soldiers deaths please.. Lest Russia learn a whole new set of western economic realities that will far outweigh the pocket change they make on these weapon sales now.
Resupplying & arming these terrorists just might be the biggest foreign policy mistake the new Russia makes.. Instead of chiding Israel or America maybe these fast talking ruskies ought to have a word with their despotic clients, the Iranians & Syrians.
[tags]Russia, Weapons, Terrorists, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria, Iraq[/tags]