No it's not, and I'm here to tell you what the Russian people aren't supposed to know. They're not to know that over 600 of their soldiers have died in the conflict in Ukraine. That's 600 men who are someone's sons, fathers, or husbands who came home in bags. Putin doesn't want them to know that. Not only doesn't he want them to know that, those whose sons were killed in battle aren't to utter a word about it.
As he distracts the people from a failing economy, he needs conflicts to accomplish that means. Now he has directly intervened in the conflict in Syria, and more Russian kids are about to start coming home in body-bags, to Putin they are on maneuvers, just like the dead Russians in Ukraine. Their relatives are confused when their loved ones come home dead from maneuvers. Not that he hasn't been involved all along, supplying a murderous regime with ammunition, spare parts, helicopters, and just about anything else that was needed to prop up the ruthless dictator Bashar Al Assad. Like the his Syrian counterpart, he says he is fighting "terrorists." Only thing is that like his counterpart, anyone who is against the dictator is a terrorist. Including innocent women and children.
About ISIS, the group that neither Putin nor Assad has made any real effort to fight, they are the terrorists, not the Free Syrian Army, or FSA as they are known. I have covered and followed the conflict for about four and a half years now, and I'm here to tell you that it is Assad that has carried out most of the War Crimes committed, with the help of the Russians. They have covered his ass at the UN too, all the time buying him time to kill more people. Assad was on the ropes and about to fall, actually even with Russian lives lost, he will fall all the same. But Putin wants to find out the hard way, there not his sons dying in Syria for the sake of a War Criminal.
Assad has played the West like a fiddle from the beginning, he has purposely bombed women and children, hospitals and schools, bakeries and olive presses, to create a refugee problem that he knew would destabilize the governments of the countries around him. Countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey which he has seen as an enemy for their instance that he go. He couldn't have been more happy when he saw refugees heading toward Europe to create division amongst the populations of those countries. And I suspect he couldn't have made more money off the trafficking of many of them. But make no mistake, he is afraid for his life. His army is been worse than decimated, it has been halved and he cannot replace the numbers lost. He controls only 20% of his own country, and relies on Hezbollah and Iran to fill in those gaps in his army. Like Putin he is increasingly isolated.
I'm sure some of those refugees making their way to Europe were associated with his regime, so not to worry about ISIS so much infiltrating, but how many of them are regime war criminals is what Europe will have to come to terms with. Then there are the Russian shills that have "gone active" again on the Internet. One thing I could never figure out was why Putin needs shills on sites like this. I would think larger sites would be a problem to Putin. But still they're here, little Russian Ministers of Propaganda running around in your house. Most are amateurs, you can tell by the lack of knowledge about the Syrian conflict. Others, well they have been here forever and are more trolls than harmful. But some actually know what it is they are doing.
So soon the winter will begin, and the skies will grow cloudy, and when they do, Putin's planes can't fly, and when they can't fly, the FSA will come for them, just like they have with all of their foes throughout this war, And when they do, the Russian parents will wonder why their children are returning from maneuvers dead. But will be powerless to do anything about it, not even ask why.
But hey, this isn't Russia, and I can say this. Putin you are a no good murdering bastard, and you're short, more the height of an overweight, old, washed up jockey, than the wannabe powerful man you think you are. When I see your face I can only think of one place where it belongs, at the bottom of a urinal in a gay bar. Two final questions, of Assad and yourself, who's the other's Bitch? And which one of you are the Devil?