World View: Russia’s Policies Thrown into Confusion as U.S. Resumes ‘World Policeman’ Role

Sunday, April 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

9 Apr 2017

This morning’s key headlines from

Russia’s policies thrown into confusion as US resumes its ‘world policeman’ role
President Trump reinstates the ‘Truman Doctrine’
Shock and euphoria follow the missile strike on Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, ‘This attack by the United States of America is understandable, given the aspect of the war crimes, given the suffering of innocent people and given the logjam in the UN Security Council.’

The events of the past week were not only a major humiliation to Russia, but will also have to trigger a major strategic change in Russia’s foreign policy.

The unexpected US cruise missile strike in response to the horrific Sarin gas attack by Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, killing up to 100 people, left Russia scrambling to take face-saving measures. So Russia canceled its “deconfliction agreement” with US designed to prevent accidental clashes between the two air forces in Syria, though this agreement will almost certainly be restored within weeks. War criminal al-Assad did his part by ordering new air strikes on the same town, Khan Sheikhoun, but this with conventional weapons. However, to bring the point home, al-Assad committed a new war crime when his missiles struck a hospital where people are recovering from al-Assad’s Sarin gas attack. Russia, Syria and Iran may take further retaliatory moves.

However, the big picture is that this week’s events will require a strategic change in Russia’s policies.

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