By Edmond Y. Azadian
Every time the war in Syria intensifies and new developments emerge, pundits suggest that the conflict has peaked and that it can only de-escalate from that stage. Yet time and again, the pundits are disproved because a new and unimaginable turn for the worse takes place.
The key to solving the Syrian crisis, it seems, is control of the beleaguered, besieged and divided city of Aleppo, where the remnants of the Armenian community remain trapped. The consensus on all fronts is that whichever side wins Aleppo will win the war.
Despite the intensified bombing by the Syrian government forces and its allies on the one hand and the so-called rebel forces backed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the West on the other hand, little movement has been recorded in any direction.
After five years of fighting and almost 500,000 in casualties, the war continues to rage, with no end in sight.
On August 24, Turkey’s massive invasion of Syria introduced new dynamics and a new twist in the war. All along, Turkey was planning to carve out a security zone in Syria, encouraged by people such as John McCain and Hilary Clinton and opposed by President Barack Obama. Of course, each party had its own agenda in creating a no-fly zone. The US would limit or deny the actions of Russian and Syrian air forces, while Turkey was itching to halt the advances of the Kurdish forces, which were about to carve out their own autonomous enclave along the Turkish border.