Monday, September 1, 2008

Russian Offensive Hailed in Arab Mideast

Russian Offensive Hailed in Arab Mideast - Ellen Knickmeyer

For some in the Middle East, the images of Russian tanks rolling into Georgia in defiance of U.S. opposition have revived warm memories of the Cold War. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew last week to Moscow, where he endorsed Russia's offensive in Georgia and, according to Russian officials, sought additional Russian weapon systems. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's influential son, echoed the delight expressed in much of the Arab news media. "What happened in Georgia is a good sign, one that means America is no longer the sole world power setting the rules of the game," he told the Russian daily Kommersant. Many Arab analysts initially cheered Russia's flexing of its military muscles. An opinion piece in the United Arab Emirates-based Gulf News called it "long overdue." (Washington Post)

See also President Assad Wants a Cold War - Meir Javedanfar (Middle East Analyst)

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