February 14, 2013
The West's initial, enthusiastic support of the Syrian rebels may have backfired. Supporting the revolutionaries may inadvertently back up jihadists in the region, according to
, former French Ministry of Defence and World Review author.
Islamic fighters from outside
borders have joined the conflict, causing concern in the West. "
It is in part because Islamist fighters have joined the fray that Western powers are now reluctant to intervene
," writes Mr Millon in the World Review website. (
The enthusiasm of the West and Islamist revolutionaries concerning the impending downfall of the Assad family's tyrannical regime has now been superseded by doubt over the opposition's motives and, increasingly, over its ability to win the fight
Deep divisions within the rebel groups means they are no longer able to launch victorious attacks, whilst Assad's regime still counts on support from over half the Syrian population. The regime's military is also vastly superior to other Arab countries, something
the United States
has taken stock of.
s aversion to the regime of the Assad family runs deep, but its involvement in a general war against jihadists, whether it be France
s engagement in Mali or that of the US in Afghanistan, puts it in a poor position to then support jihadists in Syria
," says Mr Millon, adding that it would be dangerous policy for the West to assist in spreading a fundamentalist Sunni arc all round the Mediterranean.
Meanwhile the civil war rages on, with no end in sight. President Assad will maintain his position as long as there is no international intervention.