The worst scenario is all-out war - with the proxy conflict
between East and West in Syria escalating into open conflict.
It is clear that the US and Britain are keen on turning Ukraine's civil war into a US-Russia proxy conflict
, insisting they can throw enough arms at Ukraine's military to defeat the pro-Russian separatists.
Under the circumstances, it was fair to ask whether Moscow was happy to see an increasingly hot -- if still a largely proxy conflict
-- between Iran and Saudi Arabia in such places as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and now in Yemen?
Saudi Arabia's leading role against the Houthis has turned Yemen into the latest theatre of a regional proxy conflict
between the Gulf's leading Sunni Muslim and Shi'ite Muslim powers -- a struggle also playing out in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
In Lebanon, Abdullah backed Sunni allies against the Iranian-backed Shiite guerrilla group Hezbollah in a proxy conflict
that flared repeatedly into potentially destabilizing violence.
It is deeply entrenched at the heart of the biggest proxy conflict
in the Middle East--the war in Syria--and its internal dynamics accurately capture all the major tensions and active conflicts in the Middle East.
After losing innocent lives in proxy conflict
and spending billions on military hardware acquisitions, has South Asia prospered?
If Russia backs Assad while we funnel guns and rockets to his foes, the scene is set for a Cold War-style proxy conflict
that will bring new waves of death to terrified communities.
It allowed for Syrian territories to be used in a proxy conflict
involving various countries, ideologies and political camps.
It has become a proxy conflict
pitting Russia and Shi'ite Muslim Iran, which back Assad, against Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, which are arming and funding the Sunni rebels.
The result would be "a proxy conflict
with arms flowing in from all sides".
The shift by the US and its Western and Arab allies toward seeking to sway the military balance in Syria carries risks because the crisis there increasingly resembles a proxy conflict
that could exacerbate sectarian tensions.