In the wake of recent violent clashes in the Syrian capital Damascus, the country's government has accused Western powers of assisting Qatar and Saudi Arabia with supporting and financing terrorism and further militarizing the region. While accusations abound on purported weapons shipments and the training of insurgents, it is clear that Western involvement in Syria appears to follow a precedent set years ago during NATO intervention in the war in Bosnia, when weapons were being covertly shipped into the region despite an official arms embargo.
According to Benjamin Schett, an independent political researcher based in Vienna, "It might be a repetition of this game in Syria."
This proxy war with Western powers is being waged amid speculation that Syria is being turned into a terrorist hub and as Schett confirms, "There is an interest in turning Syria into big chaos."
But claims that Syria's government is bombing its own people and security buildlings don't add up. As Schett explains, "I think that doesn't sound very plausible because the ongoing destablization and increase of sectarian violence in Syria is not so much in the interest of Assad but more in the interest of the insurgents in order to provoke harsh reactions from the Syrian government troops, which finally could provoke foreign intervention."