The strategic goal of NATO is to destroy Iran’s principal ally in the Middle East;
for the Gulf absolutist monarchies the purpose is to replace a secular republic with a vassal theocratic dictatorship;for the Turkish government the purpose is to foster a regime amenable to the dictates of Ankara’s version of Islamic capitalism;for Al Qaeda and allied Salafi and Wahabi fundamentalists a theocratic Sunni regime, cleansed of secular Syrians, Alevis and Christians, will serve as a trampoline for projecting power in the Islamic world;and for Israel a blood-drenched divided Syria will further ensure its regional hegemony.
The kings and emirs of the Gulf States bankroll these fighters.Turkey provides military bases and controls the cross-border flow of arms and the movement of the leaders of the so-called “Free Syrian Army”.The US, France and England provide the arms, training and diplomatic cover.Foreign jihadist-fundamentalists, including Al Qaeda fighters from Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, have entered the conflict.
The killings and mass flight of refugees is not the result of gratuitous violence committed by a blood thirsty Syrian state.
The Syrian security forces are fighting to preserve the national independence of a secular state, while the armed opposition commits violence on behalf of their foreign pay-masters ~ in Washington, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Ankara and London.