Don't confuse the Russian position with my own. I have explained the Russian position. For the Russians, the threat of terrorism is their top priority. Foreign bases are the top priority of Americans, not of Russians. The second priority aim is, I think, to stop an US regime change operation of the worst case, namely one which involves supporting terrorists against the state. To stop such regime change operations is important for a functioning multipolar world, because a multipolar world would requite a revival of international law. For the Syrian people, a secular government is clearly preferable to a fundamentalist islamistic one, given that Syria, even if mainly muslim, has a lot of non-muslim population. And actually the only secular forces worth to be mentioned are Assad and the Kurds. I'm a libertarian, not a democrat, so I never care about any democracy, American, Syrian, Chinese or Alien, neither now nor in any future. I reject states, and evaluate them only based on which is less evil. The worst evil state actually is the most dangerous one, the USA. If they would win, the result would be the development of the unipolar, US-ruled world toward a world government, which would become totalitarian. The alternative is the multipolar world, with several different power centers, international law ruling their relations, and leaving various states, even small states, sufficient freedom to develop themselves independently, with different culture, different laws, different rules, without any US starting regime change if they don't like the actual government there. Personally I'm not afraid of terrorism. I know that terrorism would be completely unimportant if not supported by the US, directly or via Saudi Arabia and Qatar. So, the Russian fight against terrorism is, in my opinion, simply part of the Russian fight against the US world rule.