Here's something you somehow missed: for almost two years, the coalitions (there's more than one) against Islamic State have been attacking IS military targets. Hurting their money is all well and good, but it doesn't get families safely out of Fallujah, and it doesn't drive IS fighters out of Iraq. This is from Fox News
, even right wingers can accept that source. Here's the same story from The Independent
, a UK-based online newspaper considered to be centrists by international commentators.
The point of the American-lead coalition has been to drive Islamic State out of Iraq. They have done so with air strikes. They still have to be fought on the ground. Blowing up convoys of oil trucks makes for splashy new stories which the Russians can exploit for propaganda, but it doesn't do squat against Islamic State as a military target. They already squeeze Syrians in the areas they control for cash to fight their war, so they'll just squeeze harder. No anti-IS coalition is going to destroy them, however, without defeating them on the ground, and probably without just killing all those hysterically fanatical murderers. For that, the Iraqi Security Forces (which is to say, the Iraqi army) and Iraqi Shi'ite militias have been doing the dirty work. Iran provides training officers who usually lead the Shi'ite militias into battle, and Hezbollah, also Shi'ite, also sends training officers to Iraq, and reportedly has a 250-man elite force there. It ain't gonna get donw until Islamic States is defeated on the grouns.
Lash here waxed rhapsodic about her big heart-throb Putin allegedly driving Islamic State our of Palmyra. If Russian air strikes are so damned effective, why did Islamic State get out of Palmyra with all their heavy equipment? If it was liberated, why are they still fighting there?
Russia went to Syria to prop up Assad, the son of a former Soviet client, Hafez al-Assad. Their air strikes have been primarily against anti-Assad rebel groups. They launched a few air strikes against Islamic State when Assad wanted to "liberate" his tribe's hometown of Palmyra, but that included killing unarmed civilians from groups who have been fighting Assad in the Syrian civil war. Here's an interesting report from Radio Free Europe
on Putin's real mission in Syria, which is propaganda. The article is a blog post, but it links the news stories it uses. It seems to me that you, like Lash, have drunk the Kremlin kool aid.