Syria Is In Russia’s Backyard … Not Ours

Americans are famously bad at global geography.

For example, I – born, raised and educated in the U.S. – had no idea that Russia is almost as big as the United States and China combined.

I also didn’t realize how close Russia is to Syria:

Syria is literally in Russia’s backyard …

But it’s a long way from the U.S.


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  • Mister Danda

    Truth is, the US and Company can do jack all and they know it.

    It is RUSSIA who has the right to be in Syria, by invitation of the democratically elected, UN recognised government. NO one else has that. Nor does the US have civilians, interests and military bases in Syria like Russia does. It is up to Russia how to defend itself and Syria in all this.

    I hope Putin knocks out every last rebel and ISIS.

    • F.Y.I. – Jan 28, 2015 Suspected ISIS leader in Pakistan admits receiving funds via U.S.

      A suspected Islamic State operative in Pakistan, Yousaf al Salafi, confesses to recruiting jihadists to fight in Syria, and says he received funds, wired through the U.S. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reports.

    • One more link by which I have at least a dozen all confirming U.S. support!

      Sep 3, 2014 Retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney admits “We Helped Build ISIS”

  • Libertybellle

    It is almost comical how neocon psychopaths feign outrage when Russia is legitimately concerned about a destabilized Syria or any other place the US has tampered with that abuts Russian territory. The arrogance of the neocon is breathtaking.

  • edwardrynearson

    Syria is between Europe (where the real empire is located) and oil supplies

  • unheilig

    Whoever colored the map didn’t do a very good job. See that little bit hanging down below Ukraine like an udder? That’s Russia too.

    • Mister Danda

      The ones who created the map may like to think its Ukraine, but good luck telling that to the Russian border guards lol.

  • Oct 7, 2015 Brzezinski on the World Foreign Policy

    Former national security adviser Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski discusses the United States’ relations with Russia and China, and the importance of developing a better strategic approach towards China as a rising power. He also reflects on his role in shaping U.S.-China relations as a member of the Carter administration.

  • sveltesvengali

    Latin America is in our backyard, but that still does not excuse what we did there (and, no, I am not drawing an unquestionably inherent line of equivalence between bombings and supporting dearth squads, but the point stands):

  • jadan

    Used to be a discipline called “geography”. I vaguely remember something like this in grade school. The only academic figure I know of who claims this as his area is Jared Diamond, a big picture man, author of “Collapse”, among other big picture tomes. The fact is that size doesn’t much matter. A little nationality can pack quite a wallop. the UK is one. Japan another. Russia has a lot of frozen tundra, sink holes, and flash frozen woolly mammoths. Until Putin, it hasn’t produced too many statesmen. Barbarous dictators, yes. Renowned leaders, no.

  • Oct 8, 2015 Neocons Demand Escalation in Syria

    The Syria crisis is escalating since Russia began bombing ISIS and al-Qaeda last week. The neocons in the US are demanding that Obama do something to stop the Russians. The US mission is to get rid of Assad and there is great danger of an over-reaction.