Russia is Syria's Great Power; Putin is Bashir's Big Brother.
Putin, while enjoying influence in Syria and having the power to curb the Assad regime, has also proven himself a dictator and in line with that behavior -- complex in its own way -- hasn't the capacity and will not respond to an end-game on the basis of either compassion or justice. He may, however, pursue the course that either best reflects on himself or otherwise engineer the image that does the same.
In rhetoric only has Putin distanced himself from the Assad disaster.
Russia's geopolitical status and military dependence on Syria as a client state has not changed from the Soviet era.
Probably, I should not quote myself, revise myself, nor reprint myself.
I grew up wanting to write fiction (and may go ahead with that), but commenting on politics seems to draw from the same wells.
How should we want things to be?
How are things really?
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"Since May 6 — the day before Putin was inaugurated for his third term as president — police in Moscow have made more than 1,000 arrests. They have carried out no fewer than 100 beatings. They have also confiscated, destroyed or damaged several thousand dollars’ worth of private property, including a generator, several café tables, a cash box with money collected by street activists and copious amounts of food — including sandwiches taken out of people’s hands as they were eating."
With Green's article in mind, I've suggested on Facebook that it seems natural enough that the Jewish mind, soul, and spirit would find a contemporary Pharoah in Putin, another self-aggrandizing and overbearing narcissist for defeating with help by way of the hand of God or absent that energy, the people, so grossly preyed upon.
Note: I haven't yet mastered how to use the online, probably spied on, doubtlessly robotically scanned source compilation site that has from the web's earliest appearance been "Delicious", but . . . for any who may be interested, my list resides at http://www.delicious.com/commart/. I've more tabbed on "Putin" and "Russia" and much less on on the political psychology involved in the Syrian debacle but may suggest that exactly that personal and transactional area in human behavior holds many keys to the creation and maintenance of genuinely civil and peaceful societies.
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