As we learned in class, civil war is a sequence of battles that occur within a state and causes a high number of causalities. Today, we see many news reports on civil wars, especially in the Middle East. I often ask myself, “Why does this violence continue and when will it stop”. The violence has not stopped due to the rise in terrorist groups, spread of civil war through states and radical organizations that take over countries and rule with harshness. During conflict terrorist groups are able to “organize, operate and spread”. For instance, Al Quada is franchising in Syria, Yemen and Libya; all Middle Eastern states in civil war. Terrorist groups tend to increase in size when there is chaos and loss of government control in a country. The new hostile governments who go into power tend to be hostile towards Western ideas. The spread of civil war through states is not inevitable because given that borders are porous, ethno-sectarian groups span state lines, and governments are mostly weak.
An external reason violence has not stopped is because parties on both sides of a civil war continue to fund the violence. Powerful middle eastern countries are willing to provide funds that are advantageous to them. There have been reports of wealthy individuals from middle eastern countries have funded extremist groups in Syria. Since current countries that are in war cannot sustain themselves, these funds can become there only means of income. As i mentioned before, civil war can spread among neighboring states ,therefore, giving money to waring states creates a continuous cycle of violence. Although external parties do not participate physically, there money goes a long way