March 18, 2014 | Quote

Syria to Remain Unchanged in 2014

The deadly Syrian crisis has officially entered its fourth year just very recently with nothing changing on the ground except certainly for the number of reported causalities and the scale of destruction.

After three years of a civil war that has claimed the lives of more than 140,000 Syrians, the world is still responding to the unrestrained struggle and its accompanying large-scale suffering using a celebratory—like approach that added complication and never a solution to Syria 's three-year-old crisis.

March 15 every year– the day that marks the start of the 2011 Syrian revolution – has transformed literally into a world’s day, exactly like the International Women's Day, World Poetry Day, World Water Day and so on and so forth that are received annually with celebrations and preaching-like speeches.

In his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University, has been also quoted as telling the U.S. lawmakers that, “Assad has chosen a deliberate ‘Machiavellian strategy’ of standing by while militant groups such as al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) flourish, leaving the U.S.-backed moderate opposition fighting on two fronts.”

On what possibly to happen in Syria, Gartenstein-Ross proceeded by saying, “The likeliest scenario is that, which the U.S. intelligence community now predicts, is the war continuing for another decade or more.” 

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