Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:32AM
A file photo of ISIL militants
A file photo of ISIL militants
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ISIL terrorists have beheaded at least twelve members of like-minded, but rival, militant groups in Syria. This highlights the sheer chaos that has gripped Syria in the last few years.

A growing body of opinion says the West is responsible for this chaos, as well as the unrest in other regions around the world.

After all, it has been the US and the European Union who have allowed their allies, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar and NATO-member Turkey, to fund and arm these militant groups in Syria. They have weakened Syria through sanctions and they have trained and funded armed groups that openly cooperate with al-Qaeda on the ground.

The creation and growth of militant groups in Syria and Iraq coincided with the worsening aftermath of the Western invasion of Iraq. It is actually quite difficult to remember why the West invaded Iraq at all in 2003.

The destruction of Iraq and Syria following aggressive Western policies has led many to distrust their governments in the US and in the EU, particularly when these governments make decisions about war.

These Western powers have certainly killed a significantly larger number of innocent civilians in the last 15 years than ISIL. This has caused many to ask why governments in the West have never asked the opinion of its citizens about the wars they launch.