To a disinterested person (who wants to keep living their disinterested life, unconcerned with what's happening on the other side of the globe) this all looks insane. It seems common sense that:
Syrians had no business using poisoning gas (if they did).
Americans have no business preparing a missile strike against Syria (if they are).
Russians have no business being in Syria and vowing to defend it.
And the humanity watches amazed as it suddenly finds itself hostage to all this madness.