The Syrian writer and broadcaster Rana Kabbani, writing in the Guardian, sends her greetings to Vladimir Putin:
As I watch the city of Homs (where many of my school friends have been bombed in their gracious homes or killed in a Syrian city renowned for its fabulous sense of humour and its delicious cheese kunafa) turned into a latter-day Grozny, I curse Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, for helping in its wanton destruction, as he uses his veto to protect murderers, and supplies submarine and state-of-the-art weapons to kill yet more innocent Syrians. We Syrians recognise the type only too well. Vainglorious, brooking no dissent, buoyed up by financial mafias and laying on putrid cold war rhetoric, which leaves us even colder.
The Dying Russia blog is spot on in its comment:
The Russian government has stood against the people of Egypt, and watched their victory with bitter resentment.
It stood against the people of Libya, and was again humiliated before the world.
Now, it stands against the peoples of Syria and Iran, giving aid and comfort to the brutal dictatorships that oppress and destroy them.
But the people of Syria are winning, too. And they clearly see that Russia stands against them, while the nations of the West urge them to victory. When they prevail, they will not forget Russian treachery. All through the Middle East, Russia’s reckless foreign policy is alienating nation after nation, leaving Russia a pariah with only the likes of Iran to call its friend. This disastrous pro-terror policy is a hallmark of the horrific failure of the Putin regime across all aspects of foreign policy.