Putin in Syria Is Just Like Putin in Ukraine

Russia is fighting its new war using the same tricks as in the last.

Your move, John.

Photographer: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Even before Russia started bombing targets in Syria, it should have been clear to all involved that its actions would follow the pattern President Vladimir Putin set in Ukraine. He will be indiscriminately ruthless in making sure his allies achieve territorial gains to improve their negotiating position, and his diplomacy and propaganda machine would do its best to erect a smokescreen around his true plans and actions.

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