The Syrian revolution now has to be seen as part of a wider conflict in the region. There is no use just talking about the revolution and the subsequent outbreak of civil war, and then viewing the Turkish-Kurdish war as a separate event, as well as the international effort against ISIS as something different again. All of them are interlinked and overlap.
From its creation, on throughout its existence, and finally onto its demise, the concept of the state is inherently violent. It seems as if it can only be birthed with huge suffering and pain, it is then maintained with yet more blood loss and violence, before eventually succumbing to the inevitable, and self destructing in another wave of brutality. Why is it that we as people put so much faith and pride in the state? Why do we value its existence so highly?