At first, the conflict in Syria seems pretty simple: the rebels are good and the demented dictator is bad
So you're probably wondering, why isn't anyone doing this?
Or better yet, this
Rather than sitting around in the UN and arguing kind of like this
The rebels keep trying to get the international community to step in
But this is pretty much all anyone has to say
So, what gives? Let's take a look at what's going on behind the scenes...
1. First of all, this is a seriously old fight. Some elements of the conflict date back to 632 AD
2. Saudi Arabia and Iran are using the conflict as a proxy war
3. Turkey and Iran are using the conflict as a proxy war
4. Israel and Iran are using the conflict as a proxy war
5. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are using the conflict as a proxy scuffle
6. Egypt is too busy dealing with internal problems to throw any diplomatic weight around.
7. China and the United States are fighting a proxy war.
8. Russia and the United States are fighting a proxy war
9. If the United States sends support, we could end up fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda.
But, how do we weigh any of that in the face of an increasingly dire humanitarian disaster? And, how do we get the international community to come together to put an end to it?
Images of Syria from Shaam News. Cover image by Maher Zeibaq.