With more than 100 disparate groups of terrorists, jihadists and Islamists in Syria, Lavrov has a point.
In this article, brought to us by Dr. Alf, we are expected by our media to believe that there is “moderate” Syrian opposition and groups like ISIS, Korasan and Al Qaida plus the “Free Syrian Army” and that some deserve our help and support, whilst others remain proscribed and beyond the pale.
We are also expected to believe that Assad is equally odious and should be replaced but we are not prepared to say with what and by whom.
The West’s policies under Obama lack credibility because we have a public agenda and a hidden agenda and Turkey, our treacherous NATO ally has a different agenda (recreating the Ottoman Empire), which differs again from the agenda of the Gulf States, (Quatar, Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia,.
The situation is one of complexity, double dealing and subterfuge, none of which President Obama and his “Black and white” thinkers can comprehend.
Putin has a clear objective, which is to protect Syria and Iran, as a means to protect Russia from encirclement and dismemberment.
Lavrov is equally determined and clear.
Speed, clarity of objectives and decisiveness, combined with the public’s cynicism about further military adventurism is trumping Obama’s dithering and will go on doing so.
Because we are reacting to events which have already happened, whilst Russia for good or ill, is shaping those events faster than the useless Obama can react to them.