It is a fact that Syrian regime supports terrorism. They have openly provided refuge to Hamas leaders in Damascus for years; have openly provided arms and other support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; have provided support in the past for innuerable terrorist groups, including Abu Nidal, the PKK and many others. They have supported terrorist groups that attack not only Israeli civians, but also Turks, Americans, Italians, and others. This is only what the Syrian regime has done OPENLY. Covertly they have far more, including the attempt by a Syrian agent to have his pregnant girlfriend unwittingly carry a bomb abord an airliner at Heathrow airport. If alert security personel had not found and deactivated the device, over 340 people would have perished, including 220 American citizens. Putin's insistance on selling these "defensive" missles to Assad brings dishonor to Russia. It is particularly sickening since the Russian people have been the victim of terrorism themselves. This action makes it hard to take Putin seriously when he talks about the need to stand up to terrorism. These missles will only be used to "defend" a terrorist regime. No democratic country should sell a single bullet to Syria as long as it is ruled by a dynasty like the Assads.
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from the article: Sharon: Russian missiles being sold to Syria do threaten Israel