No one is doubting that Russia today is looking out for its own interest. The difference is that Russia seems to have realized that you can get your interest by helping others in a fair and sensible way instead of robbing them dry and killing half the population. There are ways to look out for your interest without abusing others.
Unfortunately the logic among many in our community is basically: any story that does not fit the Russo-Iranian narrative is a conspiracy pedalled by the CIA and Mossad. Not denying the nefariousness of the latter, but Assad and Putin are no angels either. There have been over 70 chemical attacks in Syria in the last 7 years, and it is well known and accepted that the Syrian army has such weapons, and there is a long history of Baathist regimes using such weapons on rebels and on civilians. Not
What do you mean by your 'ilk'. Most of the people on this site don't support Assad. At the same time Trump and BBC also have serious credibility issues that should be obvious to everyone. Also, the fact that the reports I see on CNN and other places, the source is either the 'White Helmets'(aka Free Syrian Army) or Andalous Agency (the official news agency of the Turkish government) sorry if I really have a problem believing it. CNN, BBC, ABC, etc do not have reporters in Ghouta who are there o
It is like the well known story of the boy who cried wolf. Assad is the wolf and the Mainstream media blames every bad thing that happens in Syria on Assad, although as we known there are many armed groups besides the SAA operating inside Syria with various agendas. So when a chemical attack happens, Mainstream media (in the West and most of the Arab World) is of course going to blame Assad. So the people who want to blame Assad are going to believe it, and the people who see the boy crying wolf