In a Salisbury restaurant — not far from the where the nerve agent Novichok had been used by what Britain suspects were Russian operatives — I had dinner where a man I at first took to be a bouncer turned out to be a magician.
Several times during our meal, he performed card tricks at our table. He was good: No matter how hard I looked, I could not catch his sleight of hand.
Something similar is happening in Syria right now.
Let me explain: Russia is preparing its biggest military exercises in close to four decades: 300,000 troops, 36,000 vehicles in its own far east.
Meanwhile, nine time zones to its west, Russia is shifting an unprecedented number of warships into the Mediterranean and Russian state media reported that the Russian navy and air force are set to hold large-scale exercises in the Mediterranean Sea in early September.