This is not a civil war

I came across an enlightening article about how we, Orientalist Westerners, see the Syrian revolution. The whole text is worth reading, but one reference to a FB post struck me:
“Dear friends everywhere, We, Syrians, or a vast majority of us, do not accept using the term ‘civil war’ when talking about our revolution. We hope that you can take serious note of that. It is a popular revolution against a mass-murdering dictatorship. Calling it a civil war is unacceptable to us. Thanks.”

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