|Guernica by Pablo Picasso|
Orwell continues: '... the Spanish Civil War demonstrated that the Nazis knew what they were doing and their opponents did not. The war was fought at a low technical level and its major strategy was very simple. That side which had arms would win. The Nazis and Italians gave arms to their Spanish fascist friends, and the western democracies ... didn't give arms to those who should have been their friends. So the Spanish Republic perished.'
Given the many brutalities inflicted on the Syrian people in what has been an almost-constant military dictatorship since the modern nation gained independence from France in 1946, it is difficult to disagree with Orwell: 'War is evil, and it is often the lesser evil'.