I was sent the following and offer it with the thought that sometimes doing nothing so as to not enter a conflict can lead to a worse situation, more violence and more death.
"It’s hard to believe, but the debacle that is the Obama
Administration’s Syria policy could get worse. U.S. sources have been
leaking that Russia may be preparing for a major military deployment to
keep Bashar Assad in power in Damascus.
By some reports quoting
Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force is already in Syria
preparing for the arrival of jets and attack helicopters to carry out
strikes against Islamic State. The State Department said in a weekend
statement that Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart against such an intervention in a phone call.
doubt that warning will work about as well as Mr. Kerry’s demands that
the Kremlin stop promoting separatist forces against Ukraine."
What would reduce harm and suffering, reduce violence - in the short-term, the long-term - what is skillful?
Here is another perspective from a Russian dissident:
"The Rewards of the Obama Doctrine : Offering a helping hand to America’s enemies in Iran, Russia and Cuba will ruin lives and many more will die." Gary Kasparov
And from the NY Times, "Obama's Syrian Nightmare".