Dec 6, 2013
Is This Really the Best Time for a Missile Test?
Posted on Sep 3, 2013
In Russia and Syria on Tuesday, people woke to the news that missiles had been launched from the Mediterranean Sea. It turns out to have been a missile defense test, conducted by Israel with assistance from the United States. Did anyone tell Moscow?
Syria, of course, is under constant threat of military retaliation by the United States for the alleged use of chemical weapons. U.S. Navy vessels have been reportedly maneuvered in the Mediterranean in position to strike. Russia has been Syria’s main backer and the whole conflict has raised the potential for a proxy war.
Here’s how Russians got the news, as reported by The New York Times:
We can only hope that the American and Israeli governments warned Moscow about this ill-timed and easily misinterpreted exercise.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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