I have to admit that Syria is too big of a mess to unravel. You have the potential for all sorts of chaos to result and you can not tell all of the players without a scorecard. The Baathists enjoy a tacit support from many groups which are justly terrified of what happened across the border in Iraq. Of course much of what happened there was supported by the now deceased brother-in-law of Bashar Assad. He personally helped Al Qaeda in Iraq by allowing the transit of the vast majority of the Jihadists who perpetuated the bloodletting there. You can find a highly prophetic quote from General Petraeus predicting that the Baathists would get blowback from this activity.
I will never forget the trip that I took to the Israel when I was eighteen years old and in college. My mother migrated from Russia when I was only a small child, so I lived in the United States for the majority of my life. I decided that I would major in Middle Eastern cultures, and I am very happy that I did. I was raised as a Jew, and a lot of my friends in the United States did not understand a lot about my religion and my culture. I always wanted to travel to Israel, but my mom did not want me to go for a long time.
When I was 18 years old and I was in college I was able to travel to Israel with a lot of my friends.
When I first started listening to international news, it seemed that a good bit of it was revolved around the Middle East. I knew very little about all of the conflict that seems to occur on a regular basis there, so I knew that I had to get educated. I did a search for Middle East news and found a site that had current articles about the Middle East conflicts with a major emphasis on Israel. I just dug right in and started to read all of the current news stories, but I discovered that I needed to learn some history about the area first.
With every article that I read, I learned that this conflict has been nonstop since the beginning of time.