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Srdja Trifkovic interviewed by RIA-Novosti news agency

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By:Chronicles | September 29, 2014

Srdja Trifkovic interviewed by RIA-Novosti news agency

MOSCOW, September 27 (RIA Novosti) - The weapons supplied by the United States to Syrian rebels have reached the Islamic State (IS) militants, while US allies' position toward IS doubtful, Professor Srdja Trifkovic, Serbian-American writer on international affairs and foreign affairs editor for Chronicles magazine, told RIA Novosti.

"[The West claims] we're arming carefully vetted moderate Syrian rebels. But there are no moderate rebels; they're all hardcore jihadists of one kind or another," Trifkovic added, citing evidence that US weapons given to the moderate Syrians rebels have already gotten into the hands of the Islamic State.

Trifkovic expressed concern that the key allies of the United States were Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Qatar, who he referred to as "the most determined enemies" of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"So how can Riyadh and Doha, having aided and abetted the IS, giving them arms and money, now suddenly become their enemies… it's nonsense," Trifkovic said.

When asked if Russia should join in US operations against the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East, Trifkovic was quick to say "absolutely not." He suggested that if Russia was to participate, it should, on the contrary, offer military support to Syria's president, Bashar Assad.

Trifkovic concluded by saying that Russia should follow a strategy of permanent vigilance with the West and seek stronger partnerships in the East, that is, China.

Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama revealed a strategy to defeat the IS. Obama said that Washington will be extending its airstrikes from Iraq to Syria, as well as providing support, equipment and training to Kurdish and Iraqi forces army and Syria's moderate opposition in order to respond to terrorists' threat.


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mount prospect
9/30/2014 01:05 AM

  Mr. Trifkovic, With all due respect, Russia and Putin are not katechons. In the highly symbolic gesture by Putin he renamed police unit after bloody cheka founder Dzerzhinsky. Surely that man and legions of ruthless murderers reached levels of genocide no muslims ever will. Russia, or more exactly the ruling elites (enjoying significant support of the population), never really renounced that horrific legacy. Even in pre Soviet times Russia commited circassian genocide that in terms of percentage of exterminated population apporaches the German extermination of the Jews. On 20 May 2011, the Georgian parliament, a predominantely Orthodox Christian country, voted in a 95 to 0 declaration that Russia had committed genocide when it engaged in massacres against Circassians in the 19th century I understand and agree with Chronicles position on the state of the western civilization, the current danger of Islam, foreseen prophetically by Belloc nearly 100 years ago, but looking for ex oriente lux emanating from Russia is very wrong. I haste to add that I find the NATO agression on Serbia, as well as the orchestrating upheaval in Ukraine an unjust and dangerous violation of European status quo.


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