It was not too long ago that this phrase was touted by the Barack Obama
administration to defend a preventive military action in Libya, one that prefigured, however, a civil war – not only in Libya but also, with steroids applied, in Syria. A similar pattern, or moniker, at least, appears in the offing in Sudan. An internationalised civil war there
probably won't exceed in carnage the war in Syria, but it may well spread in directions the latter civil war did not. Everyone
should pray that the most recent effort to forestall that outcome succeeds.