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That was one of my first concerns and I sat on the fence until I flushed my mind of the western propaganda and started watching Russia's moves . Putin has done nothing but impress not only me but more critical minds of people I have come to respect over the years . All of the ad-hominids people have thrown at him ,end up being just that . He is doing it for his country first which is the proper thing to do . His approval rating is no accident and he usually acts first and then puts words to it later ..unlike the western leaders that end up being empty words .
I really do hope that this is not a ruse and this is the real Putin and the real Russia in action, because I like what I see and I will be very disappointed if it is all some scam,
Over three years ago, President Obama called on Bashar al Assad to step aside. Moving this murderous regime offstage will be neither easy nor quick. Yet unless it is a major facet of American strategy, the Islamic State will not be killed. It has been a gift to the Assad regime, one that will keep on giving so long as that regime exists. Legitimate governance in Syria will require much more than removing Assad. But regime removal is the first step, and without legitimate governance in Syria (as well as Iraq) the undead Islamic State will continue to march.
We Can't Destroy ISIS Without Destroying Bashar al Assad First