Does anyone really understand what the war in Syria is truly about? Many analysts working for the various governments who have a stake in the conflict seem to think they have a pretty good idea – as do many independent academics. Trouble is, there is does not seem to be very much agreement amongst them.
That various “insider” sources for the Russian or the American government should disagree profoundly is not that surprising. But when we have a reasonably coherent narrative in the Western mainstream media which is nonetheless opposed by prominent commentators and academics such as Stephen Kinzer, Jeffrey Sachs, John Pilger, or Patrick Cockburn, it is no wonder that the public is confused – or often quite polarized behind twisted, partisan narratives.
The thing about 250,000+ dead people is that they do not get to offer their point of view. But perhaps the millions of displaced survivors will. Who knows?Azeem Ibrahim