The killing fields of Syria.
But the West has no dog in the fight, and have made it clear, less Assad uses chemical weapons, they will not get involved. Nor should they, there are no good guys worth backing, and the ones who hold values closest to that of the West’s, have no chance of ever coming out on top. Backing the rebels who have Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida connections, is sheer stupidity.
The country is more divided than ever. Syrians have largely split into two camps, whereas before there had been a large group in the middle that supported neither the regime nor the opposition. Slipping into the regime camp are mainly minority groups that were previously on the fence – Christians, Druze, and Ismailis – but have grown disenchanted with the rebels. Bassam Haddad, a Syrian commentator and director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University, addressed this theme in a recent article, writing that “both camps have solidified into two concrete walls, crushing nuance and humanity.”
The opposition, having clearly failed to unite, to present a viable alternative to Assad and to reassure the country’s minorities, is partly to blame for the impasse. Last month, the opposition Syrian National Council was attacked by the Joint Military Council, which claims to represent around 60 percent of fighters, for failing to unite the opposition behind a coherent political alternative. The rebels have also engaged in some atrocious sectarian violence, such as the killing of five Alawite officers in a police station outside Damascus, while sparing the rest – which three days later led the regime’s militias to slaughter at least 20 of the town’s residents on Aug. 1. International media have also reported extensively on the rise of extremism among the opposition’s fighters, a trend the regime had long highlighted even before it became true.