Originally posted by Recollector
A war with Israel is Assad's best bet.
And i've been following Russia's world relations for the past 20 years and they do this in many conflicts. They huff and puff but that's about it. Russia is in absolutely no position to go to war unless they just plan on firing their nukes off.
Russia's military is nowhere near capable of a sustained conflict and they neither have the money or the desire to switch over to full military production to start a war with NATO so they can draw as many lines in the sand as they want but it doesn't mean anything.