There are some differences: 1. In Syria, America and Russia support factions that are ideologically at least several centimeters apart.
I kinda disagree here. Current Syrian government is a secular one, is formed by socialist Ba'ath party. Assad and many others here are Alawites, which is kinda local syncretistic religion combining elements of Islam and Christianity. And there is a sizable population of Christians who pretty much all are on government side. That is due to the nature of other side, which are all pious Muslims, and proper implementation of Islam requires removal of all infidels like Christians and Alawites. Such intolerance doesn't fit in modern world, but each Muslim who is becoming more tolerant is betraying his roots and his Prophet. Sad but true.
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