Only a cockeyed optimist would believe Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have joined forces in a noble crusade to protect the innocent children of Syria.
The so-called co-operative plan to neutralize President Bashar Assad's stockpiles of deadly gas is blatantly self-serving. Their primary motivation is preventing the poison gas from falling into the hands of uncontrollable terrorist organizations.
Near the end of the Second World War, Polish resistance fighters inside Warsaw waited until the "liberating" forces of the Soviet Union reached the outskirts of the city before launching a major offensive against the brutal Nazi occupiers.
Joseph Stalin, the diabolical leader of the Soviet Union, halted his advancing forces to allow the Germans to crush the insurrection. The net result of Stalin's cold-blooded decision: about 6,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and more than 150,000 civilians died.
Abetting the death of those militant Polish patriots exemplified Stalin's ruthless post-war stratagem for Eastern Europe.
In the political chess game now being played in the Middle East, ordinary people are expendable pawns.
Peace, freedom, justice and democracy are merely hollow promises in the mouths of unscrupulous leaders.