I’ve recently discussed about how the Syrian conflict might become a big collapse of Syrian society once the war escalates into sectarian violence. As with Lebanon, the Syrian war has affected sects in the country, killing at least 12 people and having 11 soldiers try to settle the issue with force.
The middle east is a country built with many tribes and sects, founded by caste and supports a patriarchal mode of society. With this culture and societal construct in place for more than hundreds of years, letting go of the conflicts between these sects can prove to be a problem. This is what happened with Lebanon’s 17-year civil war, which claimed thousands of lives. Apparently, in Syria, 20,000 have been reported to have been killed in the crossfire, most of them civilian casualties.
Again, because of the fighting, violence will only fuel more violence. The UN has finally re-assigned another envoy to Syria to handle the diplomatic mission.
Only through a diplomatic ending can the Syrian crisis truly find its end. If one side wins in the conflict, either rebel or regime, it’ll only be the same case. With the culture of Syria’s sects, biases, favors, politics and the violence can never end.