Syria Tests Russia’s Global Role
The United States should not be looking to Russia, with its limited influence and own interests, for a solution to the crisis in Syria, writes Paul J. Saunders in the National Interest.
Russia has taken the same approach to Syria in attempting to defend its less-than-advertised naval base in Tartus, its contacts and contracts with the Syrian government, its role in Syria and the Middle East. Rather than creating a leadership role for itself by developing and proposing a workable plan that others can support, Moscow is insisting that others accommodate its preferences—or Russia will veto UN resolutions and supply more arms to the Syrian regime.
Writing in the Daily Star, Rami G. Khouri lambasts the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for its attempt to seize power, which he believes will only accelerate the country’s political evolution.
Egypt this week is a country in post-revolutionary turmoil and deep transition, without a governance system. But it will be fine. It will emerge from this transitional moment in better shape than it has been at any time in the past two generations – because the Egypt that will configure itself during the coming phase will enjoy the unprecedented quality of being a country that has been defined and shaped by its own people.
The Jerusalem Post: Ulpana outpost residents agree to voluntary evacuation
New York Times: Putin Rules Out Intervention to Stop the Syrian Rebellion
Wall Street Journal: Mubarak Said To Be Critical After Stroke