By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
One of Newton's famous laws of gravity goes like this: For every action there is an opposite and reaction.
Apply that law to the sphere of international affairs and the equation changes a bit: For very action there is an opposite, though not always equal, reaction.
I'm referring, of course, to the US strike on Syria. We can certainly expect not one, but several responses.
Russia will pull back on cooperation with the United States - that should be clear.
The air-forces of 13 countries fly over Syrian air space. Russia is a powerful force in that air space as is the United States. It is inevitable that planes brush shoulders or even bump against another. Usually, it happens inadvertently. But then again, mid-air bumps are one certain way of reducing cooperation.
Rebel forces will be bombed by Syrian forces and by Russia forces.
Syria and Russia will use rockets and jets in order to prove to the world that the US strike did not impact the strength and power of their air force and weapons. Syria will aggressively attack their enemies and Russia will help.
They need to stem any momentum that rebel forcess may have picked up from the US strike.
This is not just tit-for tat. It is more like tit-for-tat-for-tat-for tat.
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