TexDef07 saidPutin may be many things but the Antichrist is going way too far.
Russia has always felt itself to be different from the West and in some ways defined itself by opposing certain Western values. Putin belongs to that tradition.
And it is sadly possible that ISIS can only be defeated by extreme tactics that only Putin would use, just as the Nazis had to be defeated by tactics like the firebombing of Dresden.
While it is probably true that Russia might use more brutal tactics than the West is willing to use against ISIL, that does not guarantee victory over ISIL, and certainly not over violent extremism more generally. It certainly did not work for the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Rather, Russian brutality there created the Taliban and radicalized Usama bin Laden. The same extreme tactics that might destroy (not defeat) ISIL, might also motivate an entirely new generation of violent extremists, especially if they perceive the tactics as a war on Islam.
It should also be pointed out that strategic bombing, including the firebombing of cities like Dresden, had very little to do with the defeat of Nazi Germany. German war production actually increased throughout the war in spite of the efforts to destroy it via strategic bombing. And, just as the Blitz failed to break the will of the British people to persevere during the war, neither did Allied strategic bombing -- including firebombing -- break the will of the German people. The same was true in the Pacific: conventional firebombing of Japanese cities did nothing to hasten the end of the war.