Assad didn’t require so large a security detail when visiting a rebel neighborhood as did IDF reservists visiting York University.
And next time, with fewer allies.
Erdogan’s accidental favor to Putin.
There are 30,000 IS guerrillas in Iraq and Syria, and thousands more in the Sinai.
Hassan Rouhani’s condemnation may be mere lip service.
The need for a functioning government is more important than any leader or party.
Two very problematic allies.
As Arab rulers and their peoples come to see that Islamism and Iran are the real threats.
Turkey and Iran can expand their influence.
Containing Iran is not in Putin’s interest.
But not America or the Syrian people.
Russia has made it clear that it is in Syria for good, whereas America looks ready to race for the exits.