With civil war tearing Syria apart, there are two ways Russian President Vladimir Putin can deal with the issue : the old way and the clever way.
Russia has clearly positioned itself to improve its global strategic prospects at the expense of important regional players.
As Henry Kissinger once blithely remarked, “it’s a pity they can’t both lose.”
Part of the UN’s mandate is to reign in leaders who can’t, or won’t, stop the indiscriminate killing of civilians. The Assad regime is at fault for the human rights violations, but the international justice system has also given him more than a little maneuvering room.