Lost in oblivion [i.e., totally ignored], also predictably, was Russia's deputy UN ambassador Vladimir Safronkov shattering to bits the West's "obsession with regime change” in Syria, which is “what hinders this Security Council."For a few minutes there it looked like the U.S. was abandoning its absurd objective of paving the way for Assad's replacement by some jihadi animal faction. Now it looks like we're back to the Obama Doctrine – Assad, must go!
The "brutal dictator" thing that's brought up in connection with Bashar al-Assad is juvenile. The presidents of South Africa and Zimbabwe are far more deserving of removal, the South African guy having a peculiar blind spot for the murder and dispossession of white farmers in his country.
As though no civilians died in Fallujah when the U.S. waged war there or any other place where we've gone to war. Yes, Assad's the one. Assad the killer.
Get rid of him and our work is done.
 "Syria: The Toxic Meltdown." By Pepe Escobar, Sputnik, 4/6/17.