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Jonathan thank you joining us now is John -- he -- assistant managing editor.
And executive business editor for the Wall Street Journal newspaper.
Which is owned by our parent company and John really that the same first question to -- -- with Jonathan because.
You talk about Israel making threats about Russian arms shipments to Syria how -- in your estimation is that escalate.
Well it escalates it because both sides now -- talking about funneling ever more sophisticated weapons into a very dangerous spot in the world.
I -- the Europeans the Americans are looking at this is able to -- -- we get some kind of advantage for the rebels that we like as opposed to the rebels that we don't like remember.
There are Islamist extremists who have funneled into Syria were fighting aside.
These are people that the Europeans and Americans do not want to get weapons so America and France and Britain particularly.
Are saying we want to get assigned to the bargaining table but we have to give some leverage to the rebels.
That means if we signal that there might be more weapons coming to the rebels that gives them power to negotiating table.
But the reality behind that's really tough because the Americans in the French and the British are having trouble finding the right rebels to get.
This more sophisticated weapons -- How do you get a side to the bargaining table John -- when he's got the firepower when he's got the bigger guns and -- what does he -- -- go to the bargaining table for.
If he knows that he can -- -- the rebels for.
For the next couple of years why would he say okay let's talk about CI and that and that's the biggest concern to to the west particularly if this air defense system is put into place.
Which would preclude.
Any kind of no fly zone creation or make it a lot more difficult.
And a French are saying and Americans to that.
Well one thing that could counter balance the fact that aside -- using his air force more effectively now against the rebels are.
Shoulder held and I aircraft missiles.
Well how do you get those to the right people and make sure that they don't get to -- Qaeda linked groups.
That could use them not just in Syria but in some other theater as well.
John busing Wall Street Journal John good to see you think -- there.
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