"Yet, unlike Libya, Russia has pledged their support to the Assad government and they are actually backing it up with military firepower.
Libya had made a lot of noises and ordered quite a bit of Russian gear but was clearly more in bed with the west than with Russia.
The sudden release of the guy in prison for the bombing at lockerbie and the sudden thaw in relations is very suspect to me... there were a lot of skeletons and secret agreements.. gaddafi had to die to protect those secrets and apart from complaints that NATO was abusing a UNSC resolution the Russians really didn't care much about Libya... they were not a staunch friend and ally like India or Vietnam, they were more like Iran... a potential source of income that clearly had upset the west in some way... whether it was by not handing over natural resources at bargain basement prices, or having a socialist type government that provided free education and healthcare to its people paid for by the mineral wealth of the country... imagine the very thought of a country expecting to gain a benefit from its mineral wealth... instead of letting big western companies go in there and steal it all for the cost of a few bribes to the right people.
Russia saw what happened in Libya and likely were surprised that the west so brazenly picked a side in a civil war and implemented a policy of regime change under the guise of humanitarian assistance...
Neither Iran, nor Russia can afford that to happen to Syria.
BTW the Arab league is a joke... it suspends Syria for its brutality against its own citizens, yet there are 15,000 in detention in Egypt and 40 were recently killed in legitimate protests and they say nothing.
You can no longer pretend to be a peaceful pro-democracy movement when you’re using rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns to assault a military base"
I said the same about the Libyan "unarmed civilians" that needed a no fly zone for protection. Driving around in utes with rocket packs normally carried by helicopter gunships and firing them at random in the general direction of the enemy, yet it was the Libyan government forces fighting off these armed rebels that were targeted by a force whose role was supposed to be protecting unarmed civilians.
And Libya.. they might end up with islamists with shaaria laws, as Tunisia and Egypt also might.
A far worse faith then what they had if you ask me.
But this is the leadership many seem to be demanding.
I say leave them to it. Being free is a state of mind... not a state of government.
If you can't feed yourself or your family then what is the western definition of freedom... ie the ability to vote every 3 to 7 years? For the poor there is no freedom... freedom is having lots of money, so only 1% of the worlds population are actually free. In communist countries it is not money, but power but no one will tell you the real dirty secret... democracy, dictatorship, communism... they are all pyramid schemes where the people at the top enjoy the wealth and power and the people at the bottom just work and suffer. It does not just apply to governments... it applies to businesses too.
Watch a very unusual American movie called "The Other Guys" with Will Farrel and Mark Wahlberg... particularly the closing credits.
The figures and information given are very interesting reading.
Who will "win"? What will the results be if say, 2 US ships are sunk with the loss of hundreds of lives by russian missiles?
US and Russian ships will not fire on each other over Syria.
A more important question, has the russian ships the technology to defeat US ships and missiles, or are they easy prey for the harpoons?
Are US sailors issued with 10 million SPF+ sunscreen?
Unless they launch an enormous salvo of Harpoons most Russian naval vessels are well defended against subsonic low flying missiles.
How are these US vessels going to justify an attack?
Russian vessels are blocking arms smugglers and protecting Syrian waters.