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    95d ago
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    Russia, the friend of our enemies

    An enemy of our enemies is our friend, and a friend of our enemies is presumably our enemy.

    So what should we make of Vladimir Putin, an enemy of the Islamic State, which is an enemy of Israel, but who is also a friend of Iran, Hezbollah and Syria, who are also enemies of Israel? Has Putin made the wrong choice?

    Sergey Lavrov, Javad Zarif and Walid Moallem, the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Syria, sit in Moscow coordinating their positions, claiming the charge that Bashar Assad's forces used chemical warfare on Syrian civilians is a complete fabrication, despite the incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.

    If you fight alongside Assad, as the Russians are doing, you find yourself fighting alongside Hezbollah, which is financed, trained and equipped by Iran.

    As the dust after the Tomahawk strike settles it is becoming clear in Washington that the West's real enemy in the Middle East is Iran.

    Iran has already essentially taken over Lebanon, is embedded in Syria and is trying to establish itself in Yemen.

    The Islamic State can be defeated, but rolling back Iran is a much bigger challenge, especially after it has been strengthened by the nuclear deal signed by Barack Obama.

    Source: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.783861?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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