Russian FM Sergei Lavrov was received in Damascus yesterday like the Pope. The arrival of a Russian delegation marks the finality with which Russia has effectively precluded any attempt at regime change in Syria. The violence that followed the recent withdrawal of an Arab League observer mission has been utterly predictable.
Over the last year, CIA, MI6 and Mossad have been recruiting, arming and supporting rebel groups whilst also engaging in fierce propaganda to inflame tensions in the country that have been existing for decades (And are now much worse). A substantial number of arms and other logistical support was provided to pro-Western rebels who now find that they are cut off and with no state sponsor. Bashar al-Assad has predictably moved quickly to eliminate any armed opposition behind his lines.
CIA arming and setting loose insurgent groups to pursue a political agenda is an age-old pattern. Almost always, those who the west promises "freedom" and a new government in their country are left twisting in the breeze. Ask the Hmong in Vietnam, the Kurds, and a few others. -- MCR