You can tell a lot about a man from his friends, and their body language. Above we see Russia’s President / Dictator Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Achmadinejad, his counterpart in Iran. Below we see Putin with Bashir Al Assad, his counterpart in Syria. In the first picture, Putin has rotated his hand so that it is on top of Achmadinejad’s. Note the smiles. They appear genuine.And why not? These guys like and understand each other. Just as Putin has a firm grip on Achmadinejad’s hand, they all have a firm grip on power. Russia sells weapons to Syria and probably sells weapons to Iran.