This U.S. attack on Syria could turn out to be an Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo moment. “Russia warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Syria hit,” by Stuart Williams and Anna Smolchenko for AFP, August 27:
Russia on Tuesday warned a military intervention in Syria could have “catastrophic consequences” for the region and called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis.
“Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.
“We are calling on our American partners and all members of the world community to demonstrate prudence (and) strict observance of international law, especially the fundamental principles of the UN Charter,” ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is known for his sharp tongue, said on Twitter that “the West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade.”…