For some macabre reason, Assad can't get it through his head that he's a man of the past and American-sponsored "democracy" is the way of the future...
Because Putin still supports him!
Same with those Ayatollahs in Iran. They would have embraced the manifold mercies of USA-inspired reason had they not fallen under the spell of Putin.
Same in Ukraine.
The entirety of the Ukraine populace rose up as one to shed their democratically elected government, and the road to riches was wide open for Monsanto and Cargill except for one man; PUTIN!
Were it not for Putin personally fomenting discord in those eastern areas with his "little green men," the Donbas would today be free and democratic and in the pocket of the international agribiz combines eager to have at it.
Luckily, the CBC has exposed Putin's perfidy, and in the nick of time!
Yes, the Moscow elite, the Russian oligarchs, are turning against Putin!
Perhaps the Moscow Rolls Royce dealership did have it's best year ever in 2014, but that's just the calm before the "oligarchs-turn-on-Putin" storm!
Hate to break it to you, Ms. Ormiston, but Russia's "super-wealthy" are utterly immune to ruble fluctuations. They are well diversified and truly citizens of the world.
They also trust Putin more than they trust Cameron and Obama and the rest of the ever-shifty Western lot.
History is in the process of changing gears. Yesterday's certainties will not be tomorrow's.
Putin has not orchestrated these changes, but he is positioning his country to accommodate them.
Change is in the air everywhere...
We can adapt, or we can lose.