Recently Time Magazine published an article on Putin’s reelection, titled, Putin Won, but Russia is Losing.
It went like this, “What has Putin really won? Today Russia’s economy is smaller than Canada’s. Its entire military budget is less than the extra funds Trump has asked Congress to spend on U. S. defense. It has no NATO allies, and counts countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea, Syria, and Serbia among a few reliable friends. China makes deals with Russia, but only at a Chinese price”.
Russia is barely a superpower, and could be neatly replaced by a tiny populated Israel. Russia lives off of its resources, mainly oil and lumber. The Soviet Union was once a powerhouse during the Cold War because of its reach, but lost the war as the Berlin Wall fell.
In Syria the mixed military participation seems to have grown even more with the Coalition and of neighboring countries totaling officially nine, as last week the Israelis admitted a dozen airstrikes against ISIS forces operating in the country, a few days ago Iraq struck ISIS forces operating in Syria. Not to be left out on the sidelines Saudi Arabia as requested it is able to send troops to Syria. The reason for the Saudi intervention request is that there is an Iranian brigade and Hazbollah units deployed there the Saudis want to counter. So, it appears a never-ending conflict to pick the bones off Syria.
With authoritative denials on both sides, the story is currently buried. I notice Douma victims are often children with limited lung capacity who have been affected most. Previous the count was 70–75 dead, now downed to about 40. Access to the site has been opened, closed, rejected, denied, open again and presently closed according the U. N.. Let us see the final report, blood tests, witnesses etc., if they are properly gotten. (The U. N. claims it was fire on by rebels as the team approached)
It could be the 106 missiles launched were wrongly sent and an embarrassing error. The three governments involved in the 7 April attack may not want to admit it. Also the U. N. who backed them. I find the latest dispatches are four days old. Thus readers, a speculation of which we may never fully know for certain.
All the Best to you.