Let’s say that in an alternate reality, NATO countries have a spine (and they cared about more than their own interests) and give Russia and China the finger when they try to protect tyrants, and a coalition of the US, European countries and Turkey invade Syria and hand the country to the rebels, after being given a casus belli by destroying a Turkish airplane (which happened), bypassing the UN Security Council.
What could be the repercussions of such an action? Any type of significant repercussion in general, but I am curious about what you guys think Russia and China would do.
Also, aside from just being a bunch of assholes, what do Russia and China really have to gain from protecting the oppressors in Syria? Or is it just about projecting their power?