Attached is an important analysis on the decay of Syria. It should remind many commentators, that President Obama's decision not to bomb Syria in 2013 (cf. Obama Doctrine on this website) was after all the wisest decision. Yes indeed, Russia wants to be recognized as a super power and is bombing its way into that status over the ruins and victims in Aleppo, to end up with a foothole not in Assad's Syria and the Middle East but in mountains of rubble. The other game of breaking communication with the U.S. and even interfering in the U.S. election campaigns, will also be self defeating. One does not earn a lasting reputation as a major power by bombing and supporting the wrong clients.