SYRIA – What Lies Ahead

By Drushti Joshi (Editor, Achiever’s Section)

 

 

 

 

War and violence has continued to plague the Middle East in the last year. As newly-independent, democratic states begin to emerge and much of the violence begins to subdue, the Syrian Arab Republic finds itself embroiled in escalated levels of violent clashes within its territory. The reason why the situation in Syria is note-worthy is simply this; unlike overly-disputed Israel-Palestine, possibility of bringing about peace here, as difficult as it may have proven to be in current times, is higher. This is for the simple reason that there is an armed conflict between the government and the Syrian rebels, each with their own ‘legitimate’ reasons for indulging in use of force against one another. How hard can this really be? One must simply sit down and analyze as to who really is correct. So why is it that that this nation has not been able to restore within itself some peace? There could be a number of reasons.

 Demo ‘crazy’? – Ideally speaking, people under a democratic regime are allowed to protest against the government in power. The Free Syrian Army (rebel faction) is ‘protesting’ against Bashar-Al-Assad and the Baáth party’s autocratic rule (note- Syria is a democracy, or so I’ve heard) which spans five decades. Elections have been carried out in Syria on a regular basis, the results of which are miraculously in favour of the Baáth party each time. Now what can the helpless Mr. Assad do if he ends up winning each time? He must govern Syria. It’s the will of the Syrian people which must be held sacrosanct. Hence, the government of Syria must protect its people from external threats. The Free Syrian Army is not considered, well Syrian, because they have ‘turned’. They ceased to be Syrian the moment they picked up arms against the regime, arms provided to them by the United States of , err, non-state actors. So all in all, the Syrian government is simply trying to oust those external forces which are in turn trying to oust them.

Interference of non-state actors – There is obviously someone funding the Free Syrian Army. Rumour has it, that it’s the same non-state actor(s) trying to legitimize international military intervention in Syria to restore peace. Funnily enough, these actors also happen to be those which preach for sovereignty all over the world. These actors sure are indulging in a vibrant display of hypocrisy by carrying out military interventions and respecting sovereignty at the same time. Tut tut. Since the government won’t give in to intervention and insists on solving its own issues itself, it’s the NSA’s which must stop if peace in Syria is what they really desire.

Another fascinating aspect of this crisis is the absence of external media in Syria. The international community is forced to accept the official numbers of the dead and injured, the ones released by the State. If a bomb blast kills 3,000 people but the official figure is 30 people, there is really no way of finding out the accuracy of this information, unless one takes a flight to Damascus or Aleppo and does a head count of the number of dead. The government claims that being in a state of emergency, they simply cannot allow media other than its own to come in and thereby jeopardize their peace-restoring process as bias in reporting is much feared by them.

The struggle for peace is an enduring one. Mr Assad’s forces are declining by the day. The Free Syrian Army grows stronger than ever, with much élan. It’s a call Mr Assad must take sooner or later, and the sooner the better.

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