That actually is more or less what I already do with the Army. History and international relations are subjects which grab my interest, so I tend to be pretty good at keeping up with all of the various trivia surrounding them.
As far as intervention goes, I'm not entirely convinced that it is the right course of action either. There are a lot of different factors that still need to be weighed (most importantly, whether or not we can keep Al Qaeda affiliated groups from coming to power should Assad's regime fall) before we even consider committing ourselves to the conflict.
I simply found it to be absolutely mind boggling that Putin, of all people, would try and play "high and mighty" on the issue.
He doesn't care one iota for any of the "innocents" in Syria. He's simply looking out for number one.