Confusion and Chaos in Syria

“Everyone is pursuing their own interests, not Syria’s.”

If there has been a more accurate and pithy description of the problem in Syria, I have not seen it. Saadeddine Somaa, a former major in the Syrian Army, has identified in an interview with the New York Times the core issue in the Syrian Civil War–the greatest humanitarian and strategic catastrophe of our time. Syria has been torn apart by various factions intent on pursuing a power grab, and, despite John Kerry’s ceaseless diplomacy, there is no sign of the fighting abating.