The Syrian civil war, now in its fifth year, involves multiple countries with overlapping and at times conflicting agendas. Competing visions of how to manage the conflict, which has led to a major global refugee crisis as well as the rise of the Islamic State, dominated discussions at the United Nations General Assembly last month.
In the battle of supremacy between the Islamists and the secularists, it is the common people who bear the brunt of war every day in Iraq, Syria and Bahrain. The people continue to be in the crossfire of political mess for over a decade.
If politics cannot not do enough to resolve the crisis, let a cause for humanity put an end to the fighting. This may be the beginning of the end of the conflict.
Failing to attain peace in Syria will continue to cost the innocent lives who are actually caught in between the lines of fire by competing interests of major powers.