G8 Summit: It’s Putin Against the World!

G8 Summit - Putin and others

Leaders from eight of the most powerful nations in the world gathered in Northern Ireland for a G8 summit to discuss the growing conflict in Syria (among other issues…)

The global leaders headed into a two day G8 Summit meeting today that will largely be dominated by the situation in Syria. The summit is followed by the recent decision by the United States to arm Syrian rebels, citing evidence that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was not a fan of this decision. As the only G8 leader in support of the Syrian regime, Putin is a bit of a G8 Summit outcast and will probably be unable to find any common ground with the other members: the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan.

Referencing a widely circulated video of an opposition fighter appearing to eat the heart of a dead solider, Putin sharply criticized the US’s decision to arm the rebels.

“I think you will not deny that one does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines, in front of the public and cameras,”

Are these the people you want to support?” Putin said at a news conference in London. “Is it them who you want to supply with weapons?”

U.S. President Barack Obama and Putin will get some one-on-one time today at the G8 Summit to discuss the situation. Obama will try to convince Putin to put pressure on Bashar al-Assad to relinquish his power.

“We still continue to discuss with the Russians whether there is a way to bring together elements of the regime and the opposition to achieve a political settlement,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy U.S. national security adviser. “There are no illusions that that’s going to be easy.”

No, it will not be easy. Especially since the Syrian army has made significant gains lately, largely thanks to Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters. The recent wins have gone to Bashar al-Assad’s head, making it seem less likely he will ever back down. Add in the possibility that the US decision to arm the weapons could clear the way for Russians to supply missiles to Assad’s regime and the fact that the other G8 countries are not in full agreement on sending weapons – and it looks like Obama will be pretty busy. 

Of course, if he wants to free up some time to talk about other issues at the G8 Summit, he could always follow Sarah Palin’s approach to the Syrian conflict and just let Allah sort it out. Problem solved!

Speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference, the former Alaska governor and reality TV show star suggested that the US should stay out of Syria and just leave it up to Allah.

“I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he’s doing … I say let Allah sort it out.

So simple, yet so… brilliant?

Sarah Palin Syria

Via: The Globe & Mail

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