What a myopic article. You completely miss the forest for the trees.
Syria is “hell on earth” only in the sense that it is having a civil war. Listening to you, one would think that other civil wars are nice, polite affairs where the sides act like gentlemen. Which is, of course, untrue.
Why is Syria having a civil war? In the big picture, because the Syrians are Arabs. Arab countries only have two modes: either civil war, anarchy and mass murder, robbery and rape, or ironfisted rule by a tyrant. This is nothing new-it has been the case for 1400 years, from the Euphrates to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a product of Islam and the Arab mentality.
Why is Syria having a civil war right now? Because American progressives, in their infinite mercy and wisdom, decided that if the ironfisted dictatorship of Assad were overthrown, what would emerge would be Jeffersonian democracy, as interpreted by the New York Times and the Daily Show. So they supported (through their Turkish and Gulf Arab allies) the people who wished to overthrow Assad. In a very surprising development, those people turned out to want something very different from Park Slope, and to behave in ways very different from Park Slope yuppies. Also very surprisingly, Assad’s people, the Alawi, had no desire to have their men decapitated and their women and children sold to Sunnis in the slave market, and were willing to fight to the death to avoid this. And in a final surprising development, the most heroic young men of the Sunni Muslim world, from France and England to Southeast Asia, flocked to fight under the banner of the jihadis whom America supported. So, instead of Assad’s ironfisted dictatorship, there is a civil war, with no sign of a clear victory by either side, and it’s not a garden tea party with cucumber sandwiches.
Instead of discussing these, the key factors behind the civil war, you blather on about whose goat the French machine gunned from their biplanes 90 years ago, and whose donkey Al Assad’s father stole 30 years after that. You call yourself a journalist? I’ve seen sergeants in the US Army offer deeper analysis over a dip of Copenhagen.