Tension grows between the countries of the Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United States. Throw rebels, ISIS, China, and North Korea into the mix as wildcards and you know something is going to happen. Recently, Saudi Arabia has massed 350,000 troops, 20,000 tanks, and hundreds of planes, made up from armies of more than 20 Persian Gulf Arab Nations, in its northern region under the guise of “a military exercise called North Thunder“. Some big players in this “exercise” are Pakistan, Egypt, and Sudan. Later, it was revealed that they intended to invade Syria, as many had suspected. Further, sources say that Turkey and Saudi Arabia see eye-to-eye on the need for ground operations in Syria. Another source tells us that Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir made clear that his country’s troops would not go it alone.“I can tell you that there is some serious discussion going on with regards to looking at a ground component in Syria, because there has to be a possibility of taking and holding ground, that one cannot do from the air.”To complicate matters, The Turkish elites have a strong business ties predominantly oil smuggling with ISIS and other terrorists in Syria. Russia claims to have proof of oil relations between ISIS and Turkey’s president.
More than once recently, Russia has hinted at another World War. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that a world war may be an inevitable option should international powers do not negotiate properly to address the Syrian conflict. Negotiations have been going on between countries, including world powers Russia and the U.S. Saudi officials said their decision to send in ground troops was “irreversible”, despite Thursday night’s agreement between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov for a “cessation of hostilities”. There were 17 stakeholders in the discussions at the United Nations in regards to this issue. However, 15 of those stakeholders were excluded as Russia and the United States proceeded to meet privately without inviting the other 15 members of the group, led to confusion early Friday. Some reports indicate that that the more inclusive meeting may have been canceled before it even began. Turkey’s U.N. ambassador, Yasar Halit Cevik, told reporters after the meeting that “Turkey will not be going into Syria with boots on ground if [it is] not a collective action” authorized by the United Nations or the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State. But he said the United States was mistaken in its belief that Syria’s Democratic Union Party, a Kurdish group, was fighting against the Islamic State in northwestern Syria.“They are not fighting [the Assad] regime or Daesh,” Cevik said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “The area they have captured was not from Daesh or al-Nusra, it was captured from the Syrian opposition. The fire is coming from Syrian soil and, based on our rules of engagement, we are retaliating.”
War between Russia and Turkey would put many nations, including the United States, in an awkward position. The U.S. is an ally of Turkey through NATO. Would the United Stated be compelled to back Turkey in that conflict? How about the invasion plans of many Arab countries under Saudi Arabia to invade Syria? Oh yeah, Saudi Arabia is an ally with the United States as well. Not only that, but Russia has made it clear that they will be on the side of Syria. I wonder if that has to do with their deep sea Naval base in Syria? Is this all really about terrorists? Since Turkey has ties to ISIS, and it seems to be Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and a collection of other nations all wanting to invade Syria, who is backed by Russia, all in the name of terrorism clearly doesn’t make sense. Something else is going on that is bigger that ISIS. Are they a pawn on the board? Are they a scapegoat? Are they just an opportunist in this conflict? At this point, it doesn’t really matter. It seems that you have sides forming, tension rising, and perhaps a third world war is on its way.
(sources referenced through links)