As War Escalates, Will Syria Ever Be the Same?

Bloody Violence Could Leave Nation Ungovernable

The civilians have been all but sidelined in the question of Syria’s future, as Western-backed military defectors clash with the existing power structure in the nation’s increasingly bloody civil war.

But what comes next? Whether Assad or the rebels win, and both sides are adamantly they will, how will they bring Syria under control and indeed, can they? With both sides guilty of war crimes and the nation roughly split in two, resentment is going to linger for decades.

Some are accusing Assad of deliberately trying to turn Syria into a “fractured nation” in an attempt to keep power, but the reality is that this is indistinguishable with the results of a protracted civil war anyhow, so the “why” is less important than figuring out what shape post-war Syria will take.

The most recent example isn’t a good one, and that’s Libya. Though NATO was fairly efficient in ousting the old regime and nominally installing a new one, the nation remains a war-torn mess, with random villages attacking one another on a near weekly basis, and people just waiting for the violence to pick up to full scale war again as new factions emerge and are destroyed.

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  • mojo

    One thing is for sure, the unity of the Islam is broken and thats what US and EU wanted, the true face of christianity from the western civilization has shown its brutal face again, democracy is a thing of the past and Neo Fascism will be the order of the day in Europe and a growing social matter in US, Zionism needs to see another day of victory in their dreams sucking the humankind’s blood, socialism is the answer to vulture capitalism if people want peace, otherwise get ready for the WWIII, if not this year……?

    Look it toke 14 years for US and EU to prepare Iraq for US invasion, they are doing the same with Iran and Syria not knowing that Iran and Syria is not Libya nor is going to be Iraq.

  • Umm Abdullah

    Aside from the al-Assad family and the small circle around them who benefited from it, who could possible WANT Syria to be the same as it was?

    As I have asked many times before, have you people at antiwar.com ever looked into what Syria has been like under Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar? Ever spoken to Syrians about the massacres (look up Hama – but that's not the only one), about having family members disappear and never knowing whether they were dead nor alive, about atmosphere of fear where even brothers or best friends were always afraid to speak freely about the government?