The conflict in Syria is escalating so rapidly and involving so much sectarian violence that one U.N. peacekeeper has called it a "civil war." The Assad government continues to shell parts of the country under opposition control with tanks and attack helicopters. This comes the same day as news that Russia is continuing to supply the Syrian government with attack helicopters, a move the United States has publicly condemned.
Philip Gourevitch is author and staff writer for the New Yorker. George Jabboure Netto is a member of the Syrian National Council and an associate professor of pathology and oncology at Johns Hopkins University.