As if Bashar al Assad and his forces have not wrecked enough havoc upon the land and people of Syria, many others have now joined him in damning destruction in the Levant. The list of foreign nations fighting in Syria has increased, thus rendering Syria into a seeming state of perpetual conflict.
Israel has become the latest nation to launch attacks within Syria. The Jewish state joins Russia, an International Coalition force, the Kurds, Iran, Turkey and the Islamic State (IS) as active participants escalating a war that is showing no signs of ending. In addition to foreign nations, the Syrian people also have to contend with scores of Syrian factions contributing to the prolongation of the saga of suffering in an already war-torn country.
While each participating entity would offer some similar and many different reasons for executing war in Syria, the fact remains that the scars of war upon Syria will remain visible for a very long time to come. And what of the secondary effects?
As is the case of many troubled wars, too many victims in the Syrian conflict will not be soldiers, but will be the innocent - the children, the women, the elderly and economically-challenged.
The continuation and escalation of the Syrian war, just like the conflict in Yemen, are both tragedies of humanity that underscore the failing of international organizations and once influential and respected nations, to halt prolonged suffering.