Just kidding. But this headline or something like it might be featured on your news feeds. 

Russia could shoot down a US aircraft, however, and the response from the West will be a monumental decision. Russia has propped up its air defense capability in Syria. Please remember that Russia, right or wrong, has ground authority to be in Syria via the Syrian government. Another discussion we aren’t having – is do we recognize Syria’s government as legitimate? Rhetoric and words aside. If they aren’t a government – it’s a rogue nation and consistent with that would, indeed, be the removal of the Assad regime and a replacement. Assad is the beginning and end of all of this. Before it becomes an open war on the global scale. Is there no way to make the regime useful? Is there utterly no compromise?

Rhetoric is heating up. The White House recently had a meeting and discussed options to move forward in Syria. An option was striking the Assad regime. We don’t need a war with Russia and they don’t need a war with the West. But, they’re willing to do it. Are we? Much of Russia’s fear is rooted in a nuclear attack by the West, against them. Because they know that the war that would spark between the two powers wouldn’t yield a winner. We’re in an age where wars cannot be won. In part, due to globalization.

Here’s a different idea that no one is considering. Don’t judge, I’m just exploring a concept. One where we seek to envelop Syria into the West and co-opt Assad, somehow. Why would Assad turn down the possible Syria and economic growth he could enjoy by participating in the Western development model?