Four morning in the morning to the Western aggressors ... The 103 missiles headed for Syria to become a symbol of American power. But either power was not the same, or the wrong goal was chosen, but somehow it came out very sluggishly and unconvincingly. As one US president accurately said, “very stupid people” still could not find a common language with Russia and went into further confrontation. 32 rocket still flew to the ground ... The earth, which has already experienced the explosions of thousands of tons of ammunition and which is no surprise.
At a time when Russia is truly unpredictable, the United States is trying only to create an image of unpredictability by a series of non-consecutive actions. 24, 48, 96 hours passed after ultimatums and threats from the US leadership, but no strikes followed. It seemed that 22 targets in Syria also burst as well as 20 targets in the DPRK. Well, or as Trump's military threats to Venezuela ... But the aggression did happen.
Good, new and "smart" rockets did not scare anyone. Good, new and "smart" missiles successfully demonstrated their "effectiveness" earlier, when half of them did not reach Shairat. More “successful” is good, new and “smart” American weapon It manifested itself in Rakka and Mosul, when only months of bombardment and practically erased quarters could ensure the passage of the American coalition and the American special forces. The main thing that pleases is that now no one died.
Every single good, new and “smart” missile turned out to be old, long-known versions of cruise missiles and high-precision free-falling ammunition. The GBU-38 guidance device is manufactured from 2004, the bomb has a range of 64 – 96 km. JR JASSM AGM-158 c 1998 year range to 1000 km. Even deeply modernized “Tomahawks” remain “Tomahawks”, which do not represent the competition of X-101 / X-102 or “Petrel” in range, and the accuracy of all modern CRs is about the same. Britain showed all 4 Tornado on 2 missiles on each. The formal participation of the British Air Force and the French Air Force and the French Navy showed StormShadow missiles, which are produced from 2002 year and have a maximum range of 500-550 km. Unfortunately, Macron was not affected by the conversation with Putin. His missiles did not remain in France and began to explode shamefully in the Syrian sky. Total from France was 12 missiles.
The entry of B-1B bombers by the US Air Force from Jordan and Iraq is very logical. Not from Ingirlik as they go for understandable political and military reasons. Moreover, the nearest bases with B-1B are Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar and Diego Garcia in the center of the Indian Ocean. It is logical to assume that in addition to the B-1B bombers, as well as the F-16 and F-15, which most likely mostly covered the B-1B, there were also reconnaissance aircraft, as well as American drones.
If to be honest, the Western means of attack destroyed not just the Soviet complexes, but the Russian complexes modernized by Russia. Although nothing new in principle from the Soviet era, the US KR and high-precision bombs will not offer in the fight against air defense. Moreover, the goal was not clearly to destroy the Syrian air defense. The C-125 was upgraded to the Pechora-2M version and lit up at the 2012 training year. Syria also received 4 newer Buk-M2 batteries back in 2010-2011. In repelling the attack, the most interesting is the fact that 2013 ZRPK Pantsir-С36 were supplied to 1.
Russia did not participate in repelling the attack and, most likely, was notified by the aggressors in advance. It is possible that the notification via closed channels and timely intelligence from the Russian Defense Ministry allowed the SAR to avoid losses at these sites. Once again, it is worth recalling that the C-400 CR is not capable of knocking down at the maximum radar distance, even with the 40B6M tower and in flat terrain. Elementary geometry works here. Still, the earth is round ... Objects at a height of about 100 meters can be seen from a height of 25 meters 40B6M at a distance of 60 km. It is easier to work with GBU-38 type bombs because of the high drop height, predictable trajectory and lower speed. Shoot down high-flying planes of a potential enemy C-400 can both over Al-Tanf and Lebanon, and over Cyprus.
Of course, it is hardly necessary to explain how much it would be necessary to use chemical weapons against militants who agreed to go away. As if Assad was defending himself in the Duma with his last strength, and around him the democratic opposition with civilians is being poisoned by a “novice”, “sarin”, “chlorine”, etc. It is hardly necessary to explain why the Syrian capital after the attacks on the “warehouses with chemical weapons” no poison cloud enveloped. Well, since all the participants in the aggression refused to admit that at least one rocket had been destroyed, one should expect that the "white helmets" will have to quickly draw huge chemical weapons stores, above which huge poisonous clouds rise. And the Pentagon’s version that the Tomahawks and 1 AGM-57 19 “Tomahawks” and 158 AGM-XNUMX fell on the Syrian research complex in Barz with an area of just XNUMX per hectare. Yes, and local residents, Russian correspondents, workers, dismantling debris and just onlookers do not pour water on each other from the hoses ...
But what could really stop the Americans in Syria forever, forcing them to abandon the pretexts for aggression? In a situation where a potential victim does not have nuclear weapons, like the DPRK, Syria could be helped only by concluding a union treaty in which Russia and the SAR will oblige to protect each other from any external threats. This could force the West to abandon any actions in Syria, force Erdogan to forget about ground operations, and Israel to stop rocket attacks. However, all this looks unlikely in the current conditions with the actual presence of foreign troops in Syria.
Without a full-scale ground operation by the current army of the United States, Turkey and Israel, strikes or even prolonged bombardment of the Syrian army will not help pro-American militants to control most of the densely populated west of Syria. Even if there are more missiles in 10. Half a year of bombing provided a bloody victory for terrorists in Libya in conditions of isolated cities in the desert and many times smaller army than in Syria. Then Libya collapsed 25 times more ammunition. Present such or the more land operation is now unlikely. This is even less likely under conditions where the Russian military are dispersed throughout almost the entire territory of Syria. And this means that neither Bashar Asad nor his army will disappear from the board in the Middle East for many, many years.
It is time for Russia to move away from an exclusively peacekeeping position with respect to the West and, besides strong diplomatic actions, carry out others. The attack was unsuccessful or just formal, but the failure of Western aggression and the effective work of the Syrian air defense can not be any answer. Therefore, a typical response should be provided for the pro-American militant-controlled areas of Syria, including with the participation of Russia. In the conditions of the smoothed province of Damascus, the Syrian army freed up enough forces to destroy the entire land group of terrorists trained by the Americans in the south-east of Homs following the Golan Heights. Syrian air defense systems can now more often demonstrate their capabilities not only on missiles, but also on planes and UAVs, as was the case with the Israeli F-16.
We remember how the West was lost, having received a strong slap in the face of Russia's sharp and bold actions in the Crimea. Then the West remained only "deep concern", stirred by sanctions. The latter would be altogether ineffective with a more correct domestic economic policy. And let it be a hint of other, more near-by theaters of hostilities outside the Middle East, which have recently been activated before the World Cup. Such zones along our border without a fundamental resolution of the issue are a convenient tool for the West to try to stick a stick at the "bear".
Not from the best side yet Erdogan shows himself. Still, it was worth it before this character’s generous forgiveness to force him to drastically change his position on the Crimea and the so-called “buffer zones” in Syria, which he, after improving relations, essentially occupied and is not going to return. With the contract for C-400, too, obviously got excited. What to say about Israel, which attacks Syria regularly and before the main blow, struggled to curry favor with the US ... Apparently, the US’s recognition of the capital and support on the Palestinian issue for the country is more important than relations with Russia.
America Trump has not turned off the oncoming lane. She frantically rushes about, clutching the gas pedal with her hands, and the wheel with her teeth. Or maybe America is not Trump at all? Maybe we are talking about an aging elite, judging by the absolutely unchangeable hostile foreign policy. Elite, which itself is doomed because of its inability to see how the world has changed, while they relished the victory over the “evil empire”. Or maybe not the elite at all, but a bunch of old marasmic individuals who live in fears and inflated delusions of grandeur, who frantically try to maintain their influence? All these reflections on the subject of “maybe so, and maybe not so” began the United States itself due to the complete absence of a progressive strategy.
But, on the other hand, it cannot but rejoice that the grandiose aggression of the USA with millions of victims was replaced by petty banditry in the international arena at the level of what the IDF or the Turkish army is doing. It is already safe to say that there is the first country that has stood up both against the “color revolution”, thousands of pocket terrorists, and against direct aggression by the West. Yes, this is Syria!