This just was emailed to me by Mr V.T., and in the light of the News and Views from the Nefarium which I just completed, it calls for some commentary. First, the article:
I believe it would be a mistake, a huge mistake, to view this as Russian "appeasement" of the West, even though it does signal a green light for the West to continue the dismemberment of Syria. Of course, it won't be called that, but that it what it will amount to, particularly if Turkey occupies the northern Khurdish regions.
In the wake, however, of what I just outlined on the News and Views from the Nefarium for today, that the West may be adjusting its geopolitical gameplan to include a more direct covert assault on Russian interests in the region, if not Russia itself, then the move makes some sense, and indeed, tends to confirm the analysis I offered. It would be a disastrous miscalculation if Western oligarchs assumed this was weakness on Mr. Putin's part, for if true, it merely means that Russia is again playing a long-term game, one in which he banks on the insane rapacity of Western leaders and their geopolitical game to become increasingly apparent.