“The Obama administration seems to have underestimated the depth of Russia’s commitment to its Syria policy, and even to have misunderstood the moral foundations of Russia’s approach. For Putin, support for Assad isn’t just a cynical ploy to support geopolitical interests (though it is that); it is also an important way to rally support from Russian nationalists and Christians at home.”
This quote was taken from a great article entitled What Russia Doesn’t Forget by Via Meadia. I highly recommend reading this before jumping to conclusions on why Russia is slow to come on board with striking Syria.
It is important during times like these to evaluate our reasoning processes. Before you decide to support or not support a strike on Syria, be sure to look into what evidence has been presented to those in positions of authority and what their responses are to that evidence. If even one person out of the group has doubts about the validity or the link between the chemical attacks and Assad then we need to tread softly on this issue until further information can come to light.
What if our own government helped to facilitate these strikes either through direct involvement or by burying their head in the sand in order to accomplish a broader agenda? Conspiracy theory? Look for the evidence. What I am not sure of, is what that agenda would be. If anyone has a lead in that direction then let me know.
- Assad is to blame for chemical strike – UN (thetimes.co.uk)
- Putin wrong to blame Syria rebels for chemical attack, Pentagon says (reuters.com)