Russia Sends Syria Ships— and 'Ship Killers'
Moves seem designed to ward off international military intervention
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 17, 2013 7:21 AM CDT
A Russian naval vessel is seen during military exercises in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wu Dengfeng)

(Newser) – Russia is reportedly sending military aid to Syria that seems designed to counter any attempt at military intervention from the US or other Western countries. US officials tell the New York Times that Russia has sent the regime new, radar-equipped anti-ship cruise missiles, weapons that could fend off an international naval blockade. To wit, one expert describes the Yakhont missiles as "a real ship killer." Russia has also sent at least a dozen warships to patrol the waters near its Syrian base, the Wall Street Journal reports. "It is a show of force," a US defense official says. "It's muscle flexing."

US officials responded yesterday by warning that Israeli airstrikes could target the missile shipments. The posturing comes even as the situation on the ground grows thornier; essentially the country has split in three, a dire front-page New York Times analysis concludes, with radical Islamists dominating a Sunni region in the north, Hezbollah and other pro-regime forces controlling the country's midsection, and Kurds staking out an autonomous region. "It is not that Syria is melting down," one analyst says. "It has melted down."

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May 19, 2013 6:57 AM CDT
So, Russia needs a foot-hold in the Middle East and it has chosen Syria as it's doormat. Fools, they never learn and deserve what happens to their stupid ideas. The 1917 revolution has been forgotten and those who forget their past are bound to repeat it. Oppression had to be eliminated by force and we had a revolution; in America, in France and in Russia and in many countries thereafter. Instead of Russia supporting revolution its working against it; disgusting!
May 18, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
It would appear the Syrian Situation is a micocosim of the whole Middle and Far East.. i.e., governments are falling to religious fanatics who then impose Religious Law, societies are breaking up along ancient tribal lines, and individual freedom is disappearing in favor of "tribal customs" and "religious law" all imposed by a minority of men. The scary thing is they retain the use of 21st Century weapons, communications, and mobililty.
May 18, 2013 8:18 AM CDT
Please U S. dont be duped into further action in a area we have no business