Playing defense after the Syrian chemical attack that shocked the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin is now claiming that the attack was not what it appeared to be. It was, in fact, an attack orchestrated by Syria’s enemies to bring about the fall of the Assad regime and drive a wedge between Moscow and Damascus.
“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” said Putin.
Putin said he’d brought up the possibility of a false flag attack in conversations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who joined him at the Tuesday press conference.
“President Mattarella and I discussed it, and I told him that this reminds me strongly of the events in 2003, when the US representatives demonstrated at the UN Security Council session the presumed chemical weapons found in Iraq,” Putin said. “The military campaign was subsequently launched in Iraq and it ended with the devastation of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of Islamic State on the world stage.”
According to the UK Independent, Putin actually went further, not just limiting his “false flag” ruminations to the possible misdeeds of Syrian rebels. They reported that he pointedly accused the U.S. of planning a chemical weapons attack on Damascus, which they would then blame on Assad regime to justify further military intervention, up to and including an invasion with the aim of regime change.
Putin is taking a foolish line of argument here, and he’s only going to wind up isolating himself even further away from the international community. There’s no room in the Western world for dictators who has their own people, and there’s no room for so-called superpowers who approve of those dictators and finance their activities. Not only was the chemical attack in Syria not a “false flag,” there is increasing evidence that Russia knew about the attacks ahead of time. It wouldn’t be a shock to learn that Putin directly authorized them, just to test the limits of the new U.S. president. You know, the one who is supposedly in Moscow’s back pocket.
Well, Trump proved that he’s no one’s patsy, and he proved that he is willing to act where previous U.S. administrations have flinched. Putin is still working off the Obama playbook. He, like Assad, Kim Jong Un, and the Islamists of Iran, has not yet come to the realization that it’s a new day in America. He might want to rethink his “deny everything” strategy before his own regime come collapsing down around him.