I got this book last year or so because of all the news coverage of the war in Syria. To me, it came out of nowhere! So I wanted to know exactly when and why it started. I searched for books on the topic and decided on this one. I picked it up again 2 weeks ago and finally finished it.
First of all, this book is pretty great. Gruesome, but very informative. It read like a novel and not like a textbook which was a huge plus.
So, seems like this all started because the people were trying to overthrow Bashar Al-Assad. First through peaceful protest, but since they were met with violence from the government, they too became violent. Now we have the government and the rebel army made up of protesters. It was all fun and games until multiple rebel armies were popping up instead of being one giant army.
Queue the “He said, she said” phase where the government was blaming the rebel army for the destruction and deaths that were happening in the streets, and vice versa. Each accused the other of torturing their fellow Syrians for not agreeing with their views. Next thing you know, it’s been 7 years and they’ve torn and continue to tear Syria to pieces.
The rebel’s started out with good intentions but now, they’re just as awful as the government troops! One groups is wilding in the name of the government and the other in the name of resistance.
Idk though, that’s what I gathered from the book. Correct me if I’m wrong.