Russia, the perennial wannabe superpower, continues to throw out loosely veiled threats and promises towards and in defence of her potential allies/enemies. China and Venezuela fit into the former category. New reactors, weapons and energy deals are in the works for South America.
Obama backed out of the missile defense shield Bush promised to NATO allies in Eastern Europe, a system of weapons that would bring a snooping nose close to Russia’s borders and probably usher in a new age cold war. Russia claimed that it was a good move for American/Russian politics, but many nations published headlines decrying the weak kneed backtracking by the Americans, and disappointed a number of countries counting on the safety net.
Now Iran stands to benefit from some new anti-aircraft missiles that Russia claims will help ‘stabilize’ the middle east. Medvedev states that Israel proactively attacking Iran in an attempt to prevent nuclear capabilities would be, “the worst thing that can be imagined.”
Apparently, Medvedev knows that won’t happen, “But my Israeli colleagues told me that they were not planning to act in this way and I trust them.”
What’s going on in this part of the world. It seems both the US and Russia continue to act out their game of Risk with their strategic alliances within the Mid-East. Russia, interestingly seems to be allying themselves with the Muslim nations, (if providing anti-aircraft weaponry counts as allying – and let’s face it – it does) and the US has always been on the side of the Israelis. Concerning for peace in the Holy Land lately, is the fact that Obama’s ties to the area seem to be fraying, whether that’s intentional or not, it’s concerning.
Because let’s face it, if nobody is helping to offset the balance of power in the world, Israel just might have to stand up for themselves.