Back to the old Cold War game

With the upcoming lifting of the arms embargo for Assad regime opponents in Syria we are back to the old game: Cold War -  the USA and the former Soviet Union both offering advanced weapon systems to the belligerent parties (visual montage).

Tjebbe van Tijen
29 May 2013
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Ugly and murderous times when local populations were squeezed to death between heavily armed forces in what became more than "just civil wars": Korea, Vietnam, Angola and Afghanistan to name a few, the Cold War lasted from the fifties to the eighties of the last century. We are also reminded of the aftermath, the missile crises of Cuba and Egypt  - with Syria being equipped with missile capacity by the Russians, from the Khrushchev to the Putin era. This, as a deterrent against Israel being equipped by the Americans.

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