Knowledgeable and experienced British war correspondent (writing for the Independent) attempts an explanation of the current Middle East conflict, responsible for the masses of refugees arriving in Europe as best they can.
Visibly, Cockburn knows his stuff, yet the situation is such a mess that even after finishing this, I was still giddy from trying to keep track of the Shiites, Sunni, Alawites, Salafists and the likes.
Quoth Cockburn : "The Syrian crisis is composed of five separate conflicts, all interfering with and aggravating each other."
He also examines the influence of the intense media coverage, rendering this a propaganda war as much as a traditional armed conflict.
In short : Interesting and educational, though all but ruined by a horrendous translation making him sound like a 1930s news-reel commentator.