The civil war in Syria is reaching it's third anniversary. So far, nearly 150,000 people have been killed, many more have been wounded, and as many as 2 million people have been displaced. Unfortunately, Assad is still in power and the rebels are growing weaker. Could this be what awaits Ukraine if civil war breaks out? Probably not since Russia has already committed troops. There were no troop commitments in Syria by any nation. There were just arms supplied to both sides. One interesting thing about Syria is that the lack of U.S. backing to the rebels has shown the world that the U.S. is not willing to use it's military at this time. thus Russia can annex Ukraine knowing that the U.S will not act. Actions have consequences and when you act weak, the nations of the world take notice. Since we are in no position to do much in Ukraine, I think we will see more and more rogue nations take actions that once were prevented by the strength of the U.S.
What do you think?