Vladimir Putin's regime wishes
to make itself very clear: an attack on Syria by the US would be a very unwise move.
Though calls are pouring in from some quarters to bomb
the Assad regime following the horrific use of chemical weapons Sec. of State John Kerry called a "moral obscenity
," Syrian ally Russia is warning against it, saying that US (or one supposes, NATO
) involvement would "sharply aggravate" the crisis.
"If anybody thinks that bombing and destroying the Syrian military infrastructure, and leaving the battlefield for the opponents of the regime to win, would end everything - that is an illusion," said Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The Hill notes
that US intervention in Syria could "permanently doom" efforts to stop the violence in that country by way of diplomacy with its strongest backer, Russia. But that's not the only impediment to successful US involvement in Syria to end bloodshed and presumably bring about democratic peace. As PolicyMic
's Alex Bennett report
pointed out earlier this year, perhaps half of the Syrian rebels, at most, share a broadly liberal, democratic worldview and a commitment to non-violence. A significant portion of the anti-Assad forces "espouse an Islamist ideology" (and aren't afraid to show
"The opposition's lack of organisational coherence and the Islamist element makes many in the West nervous about pledging anything more than token support," writes Bennett.
Via The Hill and PolicyMic