After the terror attacks on Paris and the threat of more such strikes on western capitals, political leaders there seem to have changed their plans on Syria’s future — instead of seeking a leadership there, they are warming up to the “two new world players,” Russia and Iran, the Italian newspaper Il Giornale has reported, Sputnik says.
Il Giornale believes that the Islamic State (IS) will be destroyed soon.
“Terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut show that the caliphate is losing its power in both Syria and Iraq. … These assaults launched in the heart of the two capitals directly involved in anti-IS campaigns … are a backlash, an act of revenge before the final surrender,” Il Giornale noted, adding that IS’s support is also waning due to Russia’s military intervention.
Moscow’s success in pressing IS militants has prompted many leaders and prominent politicians in the United States and Europe to call for improving ties with Russia.
“Italian politicians across the spectrum openly call for supporting Kremlin’s diplomacy,” the media outlet noted, citing former Prime Ministers Massimo D’Alema, Enrico Letta and Romano Prodi.
Earlier, center-right French politicians, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as ex-Prime Ministers Dominique de Villepin, Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe, noted that “it was absurd to antagonize” Moscow, the newspaper asserted, referring to sanctions European countries imposed on Russia.
Germany, according to Il Giornale, also favors a deeper dialogue with Russia and Iran. Even US President Barack Obama, known for his tough stance on Putin, spent 20 minutes talking to the Russian leader on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey.
Apparently, Russia’s role in tackling radical Islam in Syria is gaining world recognition.
The newspaper also noted that some in the US have long pointed to what helped IS grow so strong. In May, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul accused GOP hardliners of essentially assisting the brutal group.
“IS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately,” he told MSNBC in May. “They created these people. IS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it,” Paul said.
Recent developments will help cement Russia and Iran’s new role in the international arena.
Less than six months ago, this would have been unimaginable. Then Western media described Moscow and Tehran as isolated and predicted that both would be plagued by recession.