There are intertwining wars in the region, all the way from Iraq to Syria through Lebanon. This is in addition to wars in Libya and Yemen. These wars include other conflicts related to sects, parties and tribes and national, regional and international interests.
The Syrian war has been on for more than six years. No one expected this at the beginning as it was thought that Bashar al-Assad’s fate will be like Bin Ali in Tunisia or Mubarak in Egypt. However, this was not the case.
Assad’s fate was not even like that of Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh’s fate has complicated the entire Yemeni case as after a political exit was secured for him, he continued to look for a way to retake the reins of power.
Russia and Iran both have interests to serve through Bashar al-Assad’s regime and they have done so by killing the Syrian opposition. This opposition was peaceful at the beginning but it militarized at the hands of al-Nusra and al-Qaeda after around six months from the regime’s brutal crackdown and amid Nasrallah’s and Khamenei’s justifications, Putin’s procrastination and Obama’s empty speeches.
Not everyone in Syria is a symbol of political opposition and not everyone is a minister, a warlord or a militia leader as there are people who have nothing to do with politics and some of them are public figures, such as artists and athletes like Omar Al Somah, the Syrian football player who plays for Al Ahli in the Saudi Professional League, and is the star of the Syrian national team.Mashari Althaydi