I’d like to introduce our newest contributing editor. Army veteran-turned photo journalist,  Coty Giannelli (full bio below). Here’s his latest, which I’m sure you’ll find very insightful. Welcome aboard, Coty.  

-Brandon Webb, Editor-in-Chief

As the Syrian Revolution enters into its third year and the death toll rises to around 120,000, the international community has still done little to help stabilize the region. Obama’s administration has acknowledged that the Syrian government had crossed the “red line” with the use of chemical weapons. The U.S. has now pledged lethal aid in the form of small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles, to certain rebel groups fighting in Syria.

“We wish we could tell the difference between the colored lines. We are fed up with the red lines, yellow lines and green lines,” said Abu Hassam, a retired Syrian Army officer who now teaches military tactics at a small FSA squad, mocking President Obama’s recent declaration that Assad’s regime had crossed a red line. “The big players [of the world] are saying much but doing little.”