Window on the Arab World notes that neither Russia nor Syria have been paying attention in history class, and are still stuck in a timewarp of ultra-realist international politics.
So instead of recognizing the course of history and moving toward the free world, Syria has decided to become a post-Soviet Soviet client state, and Russia is aiding a state which supports the same kind of Islamist terrorists who are blowing up Russian airliners and taking Russian children hostage. Brilliant.
The problem for both Syria and Russia is that the number of states still living in this ultra-realist world is shrinking almost daily. If these two states cannot adapt to the new global political structure (which, to be sure, does still retain many realist aspects), they are doomed to be outmaneuvered at every turn. Ukraine may turn out to be just the first in a long line of humbling setbacks that Russia suffers over the next few years.