Need more evidence that Russia is an ‘evil empire’, as President Reagan once described the Soviet Union? Iran announced this week that they are allowing Russians to use military bases in their country. This comes after Russia sent its military to Syria to help prop up the government there which is fighting a civil war, after the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people.
So Russia’s new bases in the Middle East are in Syria and Iran, two of the most brutal regimes in the world, one of which-Iran- exports terrorism throughout the region and is the major financial backer and weapons supplier to the terror group Hezbollah.
After the Obama Administration abandoned traditional allies like Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt and leaving a power vacuum in the region, Russia has rushed to fill it and its influence has grown. Unfortunately, it is using its new power to engage its brutal and terrorist allies.