It would seem the United States has perfected the technique of invisible invasions. Today, all of a sudden, the Guardian UK has started referring to the "Free Syrian Army." What began several months ago as "democracy protests" (which were, of course "brutally suppressed") then metamorphosed into "armed resistance" aided and abetted from it was never very clear where. But now at least the egg is hatched and we have a Free Syrian Army.
The difference is diplomatically important because, whereas every government has the sovereign right to crush insurrectionists whithin its borders, foreign governments don't have the right to assist rebels until they have gained enough ground that they can reasonably be considered co-belligerents. In other words, the importance of a "civil war" is that outsiders can intervene whereas no one can intervene in a domestic disturbance.
What the United States has perfected is agitating domestic disturbance with tweets and NGO grants until they ripen into a civil war. From the Ukraine to Libya the technique has been honed and perfected. To be sure, the United States is happy when it need go no further than suborn a majority in the National Assembly, as happened last month during Paraguays "28 Hour Impeachment" of a "left-leaning" and "pro-peasant" president who managed to offend land holding "oligarchs" including American corporations and the Bush Family. But Syria is a tougher nut to crack; but cracked it will be, into an ethnic bantustan of mutually loathing factions that will be unable to resist anything Israel or the United States wants.
Israel? Look at a map of the Euphrates and trace the route of any pipeline from that great and essential aquifer.