Putin cannot afford to sell out Syria and to lose …
… the last ally in the Middle East besides Iran,
… the last operational seaport in the Mediterranian,
… all credibility in and outside Russia,
… nor can he allow that Russia’s advanced (& feared!) military technology (S-300, P-800 and soon also the S-400 & the TOC-1) will fall into the hands of the U.S. (and its short list of allies),
… or can he?
– Russia Has Equipped Syria With Their Most Advanced Anti-Ship Missiles (Investment Watch, Sep. 2, 2013):
Russia has sold Syria highly advanced rocket launchers, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship missiles. In fact,the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Russia has equipped Syria with are the most advanced anti-ship missiles that Russia has. When the United States strikes Syria, they might be quite surprised at how hard Syria can hit back. The Syrian military is the most formidable adversary that the U.S. military has tangled with in the Middle East by far. From Syria, P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles can cover much of the eastern Mediterranean and can even reach air bases in Cyprus. If the U.S. Navy is not very careful to stay out of range, we could easily see footage of destroyed U.S. naval vessels sinking into the Mediterranean Sea on the evening news. And once the American people see such footage, it will be impossible to stop a full-blown war between the United States and Syria.
Syria has highly advanced weapons systems that Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya did not have. Anyone that thinks that we can just sit back and lob cruise missiles at them is being naive. Syria has weapons that “have never before been seen” in the Middle East. The following is from a recent article by Mac Slavo…