"A pure war over religious doctrine is rare in history, and that may hold true in this case," stated an editorial in the Monitor. "Much of the struggle in Syria is a geopolitical contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia for influence in the region."
The editorial calls on Muslims to recognize what they have in common instead of their differences, and for outside nations to support negotiations to end the strife.
"As more outside forces intervene in Syria, the more the war becomes a 'clash within a civilization,' or intra-Muslim struggle. But as more countries recognize this dangerous course, the more they must back talks to end it. Holy wars are never holy."
Time magazine analyzed the political maneuvering by powers Russia and the United States in attempts to bring both sides of the conflict to the negotiating table. Rebel leaders said they would not participate, following reports that Russia was to deliver weapons to the Syrian government.
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