As the Syrian government army has to give more and more ground to the Islamic State and other terrorist movements, things are looking bleak for the religious minorities in Syria.
96% of respondents to a poll on Al Jazeera, believe that the Alawites, the religious group to which Bashar al-Assad and many of his supporters belong, have called for genocide.
Al Jazeera is used by the main stream media in the Netherlands often praised as an independent Arabic-language channel. Talk show host Faisal Qasim shows an extremely sinister side of Al Jazeera here. He openly demonizes the Alawites, arguing that al-Assad can only be overthrown by killing the Alawites.
The Middle East is quite different culturally from Europe, or for example India or China for that matter. Much of the population in the Middle East has a strong preference for violence as a means of conflict resolution and no distinction is made between soldiers and civilians. It therefore looks extremely bleak for the non-Sunnis in Syria, who together make up about a quarter of the population. Only in Rojava, the Syrian part of Kurdistan, will they - for the time being - be safe.