It took only one sitting for Russia’s upper house of parliament to fall into line, and approve Russian military action in Syria — just like it had done a year before in the Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church was equally quick to declare President Vladimir Putin’s fight against “terrorism” in Syria “holy,” adding spiritual to governmental blessing of Putin’s military adventure in Syria.
Before bombing started, nearly 70 percent of Russians opposed direct Russian military involvement in Syria. Since then, Putin has relied on a holy trinity of the parliament, Church and media to help make his appetite for war more palatable to his people. But Syria is not Ukraine, and talk of Nazis a...
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