The Cold War is Officially On

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Mon 19 March / Mar 2018. 01:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 19 March / Mar 2018. 11:15 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

The attempted poisoning of the British-Russian double agent takes right back to the cold war and its heightened world tension.

London wasted no time blaming Moscow, officially, for the attempt to assassinate former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, two weeks ago.

Both, Russia and the United Kingdom repatriated each other’s diplomats.

In the meantime, various European capitals have aligned themselves with London and denounced the assassination.

Without batting an eye, Washington rushed to escalate the crisis, sanctioning 19 Russian individuals and official bodies, accusing them of interfering in the US election.

That said, the next few weeks will see more tension between Russia and the west.

President Vladimir Putin is on for another term in office, while anti-Moscow sentiment grows in the American power halls.

Soon enough, more sanctions will follow, at more heightened rates even.

Surely, Moscow will not stand by without retaliating in kind.

Put has already escalated the crisis ahead of the US and British decisions, when he announced the development of new missile systems with an unlimited global range.

This will undoubtedly trigger an arms race with the US announcing the launch of a space squad.

Of course, these “cold” confrontations will have “hot” consequence of international scales, reflective most notably on the Middle Eastern frontiers.

Syria, in particular, is the perfect example of the building international polarisation.

The ongoing confrontations will only complicate the Syrian situation, postponing its resolution indefinitely.

Washington has effectively begun to reconfigure its standing in Syria to prevent any settlement of the conflict there that plays out in favour of the Russians and Iran.

Media reports indicate that the British are also planning to expand their presence in Syria, to keep Russia tangled up in the Syrian crisis for as long as possible.

After maintaining a policy of openness with the Syrian regime, the French have now announced their readiness to move against Damascus for using chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta.

Trump’s “deal of the century” will become merely one of the highlights of the renewed cold war between Moscow and Washington.

The Russians, who may be un-invested in the Palestinian-Israeli situation, will leave very little space for the US to manoeuvre there. They will leave no place for the Americans to roam freely, to prevent the Western alliance from breaching the Russian influence in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Russia, under Putin, again, will enter a phase of International rivalry on all frontiers.

Meanwhile, Trump’s obsession with dominion and imperialism, all the way to outer space, will result in endless confrontations on all fronts as well, proxy or otherwise.

 The Middle East is once again the preferred battlefield for the world’s renewed cold war, after years of unilateral US dominion.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.