Anyone who spends some time in the hills of Galilee or the Golan Heights is familiar with the arresting sight of flocks of ravens, eagles, vultures and other birds of prey, circling the same spot in the sky for hours. Their objective is clear: down below that circle lies the body of a cow, sheep or other animal, whose movements attest to its approaching death. The birds follow the death throes carefully, flying lower and lower as the signs of life become fainter. As soon as the animal ceases to move, they pounce on their prey to begin gouging out its flesh, using their sharp beaks.
While the raptors are aloft, they follow one another in a line, keeping their distance from each other. Once they swoop down on their prey, however, they begin to fight over the best parts of the meal, especially if their collective appetite exceeds the size of the animal’s carcass.
The situation is Syria these days is uncannily similar to this macabre-cum-pastoral scene. The country is on its deathbed, and an entire flock of predator birds has already begun gouging whatever bits of flesh it can, all the while fighting over the better parts of the carcass – in this case, the country’s various regions. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞