The civil war in Syria, when all other factors are stripped away, can be boiled down to an age old conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. The conflict between the two contesting Muslim groups has origins dating back to the year 632 AD, but still proves to be a major driving force in the current political environment. President Bashar Assad of Syria, who is aligned with the Shiite Muslims, authorized the killing of the countries majority Sunni population by his Shiite supporting government. This conflict is not just limited to Syria. Sunni and Shiite groups from surrounding countries are entering the conflict to provide aid to their respective Muslim denominations in Syria. In the middle east, an area in which religion and politics are very closely intertwined, a conflict such as the one in Syria has the potential to escalate and quickly become out of control. When religious beliefs have a controlling effect on political agendas, moral and ethical guidelines begin to become blurred in respect to the treatment of religious populations.  When religious populations are oppressed, such as the Syrian Sunni Muslims, in a community as tightly knit as the Muslim community, a widespread backlash is practically inevitable. It has been stated by numerous members of the international community, such as Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, that Assad’s government has lost all legitimacy by committing such crimes against his own people. Statements such as these have major ramifications on the Syrian political sphere.

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