Washington’s road to Iran goes through Syria — but who’s in the driver’s seat?
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
July 4, 2012
In an Russia Today op-ed entitled “Washington’s road to Iran goes through Syria,” Veronika Krasheninnikova comments on the implications of Moscow’s signing on to the final communiqué that emerged from the Geneva talks:
The most appalling element here is that Russia seems to have fallen again into the Washington’s trap. Notwithstanding all the right declarations and efforts, at the end of the day Russia nevertheless signed a tacit agreement to abandon Syria, similar to the abstention vote on “no-fly zone” for Libya that allowed Washington to launch strikes.
Krasheninnikova, director general of the Institute for Foreign Policy Research and Initiatives in Moscow, goes on to point out:
US immediate goal in destabilizing Syria is to move forward the front against Iran. In this direction, operations in Syria are proceeding in tandem with gearing-up of Azerbaijan on Iran’s northern border.
While Washington’s road to Iran no doubt goes through Syria, it is Tel Aviv, through its influential American lobby, that is clearly in the driver’s seat.