So many agendas ranging from geopolitical to the manic apocalyptical.
The above video, produced by VICE News and the New York Review of Books, features journalist Charles Glass, and he has some valuable insights into what is occurring in the war-torn country.
And what he says about U.S. involvement in the conflict and its uncertain foreign policy isn’t flattering.
Glass says that no one from the Obama administration has any credibility because their track record in Syria has been “unbelievable.”
“The mass predications [from the Syrian army] by U.S. intelligence and the U.S. State Department just didn’t happen. So the army has stayed loyal to the regime and if you talk to people in the army, they put it in terms of being loyal to the regime, they put it in terms of being loyal to the state, in terms of keeping the state intact,” Glass says.
“The state has collapsed in the ISIS and Al Nusra areas, and ISIS and Al Nusra put on the Internet what they are doing there and that scares people in the other areas, and they will fight to keep them out, to keep out that way of life,” he says.
ISIS now controls half of the country.
Glass describes how many Syrians feel that they now have no alternative but to support Assad’s authoritarian regime because the alternative is to be slaughtered by the Sunni radicals.
That especially goes for those Muslims from the Alawite minority, of whom al-Assad is himself one.
The conflict has resulted in the killing of over 200,000 people and the displacing many more since it began in 2011.
See a BBC interview below with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad done earlier this year: