Syria Burning

Syria Burning

A Short History of A Catastrophe

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"What are the origins of the Syrian crisis, and why did no one do anything to stop it? Since its commencement in the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with an estimated 8 million Syrians, more than a third of the country's population, forced to flee their homes. A stalemate now exists but out of the vacuum has emerged the Sunni insurgents ISIS who now, it is estimated occupies some 35% of the country, as well as vast territory across the border in Iraq. The west has failed to get to grips with this conflict. The US and Europe failed to anticipate Assad's sudden actions or his counter attacks. Support from Iran and Russia make any decisive action impossible. The consequences of that miscalculation, Charles Glass contends in this illuminating and concise survey, have contributed greatly to the unfolding disaster that we witness today. Glass combines reportage, analysis and history to provide an accessible overview of the origins and permutations defining the conflict, situating it clearly in the overall crisis of the region. His voice is elegant and concise, humane and richly-informed"-- Provided by publisher
"What are the origins of the Syrian crisis, and why did no one do anything to stop it? Since the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with an estimated 8 million Syrians, more than a third of the country's population, forced to flee their homes. Militant Sunni groups, such as ISIS, have taken control of large swathes of the nation. The impact of this catastrophe is now being felt on the streets of Europe and the United States. Veteran Middle East expert Charles Glass combines reportage, analysis, and history to provide an accessible overview of the origins and permutations defining the conflict. He also gives a powerful argument for why the West has failed to get to grips with the consequences of the crisis"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, [2016]
ISBN: 9781784785161
1784785164
Characteristics: xi, 173 pages : map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Cockburn, Patrick 1950-

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StarGladiator
Jun 01, 2016

I've never been impressed with Charles Glass, his reporting, or shortcomings, be they one and the same. His assumptions throughout that // we \\ could have done something or // we \\ didn't understand this sound much like the same consistent drivel WE always hear from these newsies with jobs-for-life [look at Brian Williams, still with ABC, while Amber Lyon and several others at CNN were fired for attempting to report the REAL NEWS, not quite certain Glass would ever recognize that]!
Point being that Syria may just be going as planned, with mass exodus of Muslims may be part of that plan, but Glass will never fill anyone in on the details, now will he?

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