Too bad we didn’t choose him for leader. Don’t know that we’d be quite so petrocratic with him at the helm.
Posted on Tuesday, 17 July 2012
What makes Syria a hinge-moment is that Russia and China are proving that they have no strategic interest in transitions beyond dictatorship, not just in Syria but anywhere else. Both Russia and China see Syria not through the prism of international peace and security or human rights, but through the logic of their own despotism. For Putin, Syria is Chechnya; for China it is Tibet. They understand Assad perfectly. He is doing what they have done many times and they want the world to understand that they will support any dictator facing similar challenges.
None of this should have come as a shock. By now we ought to know the Russian and Chinese regimes for what they are. But it is a surprise.