Russia's officially recognized rationale for supporting al-Assad is simple. They chose the known certainty of al-Assad rather than dealing with the uncertainty of another Middle Eastern power vacuum. Colin Powell's memoirs discusses the consequences of a power vacuum in the Middle East as far back as 1990.
Powell understood that America's Arab allies in the region never wanted to remove the regime in Iraq.
"It is naive", Powell wrote in 1995, "to think that if Saddam had fallen, he would have necessarily replaced by a Jeffersonian in some sort of desert democracy where the people read the Federalist Papers and the Koran. Chapter 4, page 90.
Headline: Putin Begins Bombing in Syria, but ISIS Isn’t His Only Target
Anyone listening to Russian President Vladimir Putin when he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday can be excused if they thought that the recent appearance of Russian troops and materiel in Syria was part of an effort to beat back the terror group ISIS, which has taken over parts of that country.
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