Can anyone explain the Russian psyche? I am baffled by it. Assad is clearly a murderous, fascist thug with no legitimacy and hated by the majority of “his” people, so why are the Russians defending him in ANY WAY?
“He must be given time to implement reforms.” Does anyone think the Russians really BELIEVE this? He has had YEARS. His family has had DECADES. The sprog has only learned from his father, that to survive you murder as many people as it takes. He is copying what his father did in Hama years ago. He is deliberately trying to kill enough people in each major city in order to suppress the protests. “Reforms” mean he must GO, ergo THERE WILL BE NO MEANINGFUL REFORMS.
Is all this not bleedin’ obvious? So what is the Russians’ problem? Syria is of no strategic relevance to Russia. I am perplexed, and of course disappointed. Is it too late to bring back Gorbachev?