Is the Conflict in Syria a World War Or a Civil War?

Almost two years after pro-democracy protests first swept Syria, global superpowers are funneling supplies to warring groups in a country eviscerated by violence. Mehmet Tezkan argues that this constitutes a new world war. 

al-monitor A member of the Free Syrian Army holds up a poster of former Syrian President, Hafez al-Assad, the father of current President Bashar al-Assad (bottom), whose defaced picture is seen hanging on a garbage bin near an area that they set fire to, to mark the front line between their fight with pro-government forces, in the city of Aleppo, Oct. 17, 2012. Photo by REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih.

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Oct 17, 2012

The civil war raging in Syria is not your usual, classic civil war

When the winds of the Arab Spring reached Syria, the opposition that didn’t mumble a word of complaint for years said: “This is the time.” Bashar al-Assad’s men cracked down immediately.

In turn, the opposition reacted. They marched, they shouted. Assad responded even more brutally, filled prisons and killed many. He sent his planes and tanks to shell them. The opposition acquired weapons and some generals changed ranks. The civil war broke out and here we are.

This is the vision of the civil war that we all know well. But there is also an unseen side.

You would think the entire world has a hand in this civil war. On one side you have Russia, Iran and China. On the other side, it is the European Union countries, the United States and Turkey.

They are truly at war over Syria. They are funding the parties, sending weapons. Intelligence agents from all over are roaming about Syria. That is not all.

Terror outfits are involved too. Al-Qaeda is there, so are the jihadist, radical Islamists and of course, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its extensions.

It is no longer a Syria war. It has moved beyond a civil war to a world war.

So, we understand from now on that new world wars will follow this pattern. Strong nations will sort out their issues over a third country without risking their own people or their own land. This is what is happening in Syria.

You should note what the US ambassador in Ankara is saying. He revealed that the Americans are training the Syrian opposition and even journalists how to communicate without being detected by government forces. Americans have not just their hands but their entire arms inside Syria. So does Ankara and EU countries.

They all say the struggle will continue until the Assad regime collapses and they will do whatever needed to see him gone.

What about the other side? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov just yesterday [Oct. 16] said Russia's support for Assad continues and that he is not leaving. EU foreign ministers were upset.

In short, the US, Turkey, the EU, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states are saying Assad must go. Russia, Iran China and Iraq are saying Assad is staying.

Isn’t this a world war? That is why I labeled it postmodern.

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