It's sad to think that the people we entrust with our countries and our lives have so little regard for human life.
I doubt they have "little regard" for human life.
Take a look at Assad, the boogey-man this video is invoking. Yes, he's a monster, but what made him that way? If his team loses control of Syria,
his supporters, like the Alawite and Christian enclaves, will be exterminated. People commit atrocities out of desperation, not because they are
Like the Serbs in the break-up of Yugoslavia (although they didn't actually do much exterminating, it turns out; but made the non-serb minorities
leave their homelands). The Serbs knew that UN and NATO would favor the non-slavic minority in the Balkans, and force the Serbs out of croatia,
bosnia, etc. Which is precisely what happened--- NATO bulldozed catholic churches, so they wouldn't have a "Northern Ireland," and then let the
minorities drive the Serb populations out of the area. Serbs knew that NATO planned to create a "Kosovo" of Albanian minorities out of serbia, and
have it secede.
In the face of that, what else would serbia do but go on a binge of violence? Since the leveling of religious and cultural areas would not count when
the west did it to remove slavs, there's no point in bargaining at that point.
Same with Saddam in Iraq. No one attempted a coup; they supported him to the end. Because without Saddam, or the Americans to referee, the Sunni,
Mandaean, and Christian minorities are being wiped out of Iraq by insurgents that the international community is tired of fighting.
So, pretending that "our" leaders (or even "their" leaders) have no regard for life is missing the point. It isn't that they disregard life, the
merely want to keep their own. In most of the world, the losers are exterminated.
Or Putin, for that matter. Russia's chance at being a world power is quickly slipping away. The fact that they don't have a single warm-water port
is the problem, just as it was for Peter the Great. America is the World's premier naval power. Even if they win the Crimea, our client (Turkey)
still controls the Bosporus; even if they took the Bosporus, or client (the UK) still controls Gibraltar. Russia has about 5 years to step up, or
So Putin is going for broke. He doesn't hold life in disregard. He thinks he's avoiding future war.....
So do his opponents.