File photo of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad answering journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris...Syria's President Bashar al-Assad answers journalists after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris in this December 9, 2010 file photo. Assad said he would "live and die" in Syria and warned that any Western invasion to topple him would have catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and beyond. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

Syria: Checkered Past, Uncertain Future

Next March will mark the fifth anniversary of what started as another chapter in the so-called “Arab Spring” morphed into a civil war, degenerated into a humanitarian catastrophe and, finally, led to the systemic collapse of Syria as a nation-state.

That sequence of events has had a profound impact on virtually the whole of the region known as the Greater Middle East, affecting many aspects of its component nations ranging from demography, ethno-sectarian composition and security. Since the purpose of this presentation is not to offer an historic account of the events, a brief reminder of some key aspects would suffice.

  • Mixa.
    Fully agree with this statement: “Russians made more in 3-4 days than US did in 1 year”. That’s because the US created, trained, financed & armed ISIS & the US never intended to fight against its own child.

  • The Butterfly

    What a bunch of losers.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I love it that everyone stopped counting bodies more than a year ago. No one cares about any of these people. Hopefully they will wipe each other out to zero.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The latest count is about 470,000 killed.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Ok now we’re talking. I don’t even consider it a noteworthy genocidal war until they get to 900,000.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Of all the countries in the region bordering on Syria and affected by events there, one goes unnamed in the article. You guessed it, Israel is the elephant in the room.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Canada’s contribution to the fight…