Sides chosen, it suddenly looks like 1975
Reading over Ken Timmerman's books with the taste of names like Mesbah Yazdi, and Jannati, and reviewing the past in that light with knowledge of of who Putin really is, and what the Chinese actions portend in fact, can remind one what the stakes are around here.
It's clear that over time and the humiliation of the complete defeat and failure of the socialist system, the Russians have now refused to see the 'end of history', and in concert with others such as the Chinese have decided to take sides outright in the struggle, and ally themselves with the gintsu wielders and bus bombers against the forces of civilization.
Russian intelligence station in Syria monitors Israeli communications
TEL AVIV — Russia is operating an advanced intelligence listening post along the Israeli-Syrian frontier.
Israeli security sources said Russia has installed advanced equipment for signals intelligence collection in Syria's Golan Heights. The sources said the intelligence-gathering station is intercepting Israeli telephone and cellular traffic as well as e-mail and faxes. "This is one of the most advanced facilities in the world and clearly shows that Russia has taken sides in the Arab-Israeli conflict," an Israeli source said.
The source said the listening station began full operations following the Israeli-Hizbullah war in Lebanon in mid-2006. They said Russian army operators were manning the station.
"We have to face the fact that Russia has guaranteed the safety and stability of Syria while it engages in terrorism," an Israeli official said. "We have raised this with the Russians and they keep saying that everything they are doing in Syria is defensive."