All Syria watchers know well that this decision is meant to target ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, Al-Nusra Front, rather than the Assad regime, seeing that most border checkpoints are controlled by the these two groups. In fact, the decision calls for a measure of coordination with the Assad regime as well. In a sense, then, the Resolution re-legitimizes the Assad regime. This is why the Russians did not veto it, and ended up endorsing it. A deal over Syria seems to have been reached between the Americans, Iranians and Russians, and it’s one of those usual cynical deals that harken back on the darkest days of the Cold War, and comes as a further expression of how fucked up our sense of humanity continues to be.