Is Syrian Conflict Turning Into A Proxy War Between US And Russia?

Recent events have led many to believe that an all-out proxy war in Syria between the U.S. and Russia is imminent.


An unlikely group has stood up to tell the U.S. and Russia to resist an all-out proxy war in Syria, chiding them for their "outdated Cold War mindset": China's ruling Communist Party. 

“Syria has already seen the suffering of too many innocents. Resolving the matter through politics is the only solution that most suits the interests of the Syrian people,” an editorial in its flagship People’s Daily newspaper said, according to The Japan Times. 

The editorial went on to explain that the tactics they are currently using "belong to the last century."

“The world has entered the 21st century and people’s thinking should enter the 21st century as well ... People shouldn’t allow the Syrian conflict to escalate into a full-scale proxy war, or lightly give up on efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis and cannot permit the Syrian humanitarian disaster to continue.”

Reports indicate that the U.S. has supplied Syrian rebels with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles in response to the airstrikes from Russia against those fighting against Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad two weeks ago.

The New York Times reports, "the Syrian conflict is edging closer to an all-out proxy war between the United States and Russia,” then added that the, “increased levels of support have raised morale on both sides of the conflict, broadening war aims and hardening political positions, making a diplomatic settlement all the more unlikely.”

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country's involvement in Syria is in an effort to fight against terrorism and protect the world.

"We are not striving for any kind of leadership over Syria. Syria can have only one leader -- the Syrian people," Putin said at a Moscow investment forum, according to Reuters.

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"We aim at making a contribution in the fight against terrorism, which is dangerous for the United States, for Russia and for the European countries, and for the whole world without exaggeration."

U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Tuesday that the Russian airstrikes have been “reckless and indiscriminate" as well as "irresponsible.”

Russia has been supporting President Assad, who has a fight raging on two fronts: one with ISIS terrorists and one with Syrian rebels. While Russia insists that they are only helping President Assad in the war against ISIS, their airstrikes only seem to be targeting Syrian rebels.

Warren said that he believes “only a fraction” of the airstrikes have actually been targeted at ISIS.

There is a lot at stake in Syria, with many civilians dying in these attacks, refugees fleeing their country, and the possibility of ISIS setting up even more terror hotbeds. A proxy war may only make matters worse. 

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