In the same spirit as the Syrian army leaves graffiti saying “Assad or we burn the country” when they rout partisans of the Arab Spring, this Russian soldier is painting “Aleppo is ours” on a wall in defeated Aleppo. Assadists & Stalinists call this ‘national sovereignty’ or ‘self-determination for the Assad dictatorship’. Russian intervention is not motivated by humanitarian concerns for the people of Syria since 60-percent of the population are refugees or IDPs & over half a million have been killed. When Putin presents his final bill to Assad for assistance in crushing the Syrian Arab Spring, it is likely the terms extracted will leave Assad little more than a figurehead in a Russian colony.

(Photo from Rusian Trad on Twitter)