.... Your "the relatively benign adversary" about murderers such as Assad father and son sounds very much with Chavez: "... Now some supposed political protest movements have begun [in Syria], A FEW DEATH ... and now they are accusing the president of killing his people ... etc. (my capitals). Boy! Are you two the same ...you - "benign" ... he - "a few deaths" ... Except you forgot to say that Assad is a "humanist" .... Next thing you will talk about the benign Kim Jong- Il ....
Russia: U.S. plan to provide air cover for Syrian rebels undermines Damascus fight on ISIS (Reuters)
from the article: Assad's fall could deliver Lebanon to Iran and Hezbollah