Ishaan Tharoor correctly quotes President Vladimir Putin from September of 2013:
A strike [by the US on Syria] would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.
Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria?
Ishaan Tharoor though throws in the following statement that is as ignorant as were the naysayers in September of 2013:
Nor is it necessarily vindication for Putin, who in the past year has turned into the hobgoblin of the liberal world order. As my colleague Adam Taylor wrote this year, the Russian president's op-ed makes awkward reading for Moscow when held up against its own aggressive meddling in Ukraine. Putin's solemnizing over the integrity of international systems is hard to take seriously considering his government's controversial annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory in March and continued obstruction of a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine crisis in the U.N. Security Council.
Ishaan Tharoor is paying homage to Vladimir Putin for having been right about Syria, which of course he was and remains, while at the same time Ishaan states emphatically that Vladimir has been "meddling" in Ukraine. I hope people can see the problem here.
Let me make it clear. Mr. Putin was, and still is, correct concerning Ukraine. Perhaps Mr. Tharoor hasn't availed himself of the open knowledge that the Kiev regime is heavily weighted with Fascists and neoliberals/neoconservatives, who are looking out for themselves and the general welfare of the people as whole be damned.