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Discussing: Syrian Civil War
Obselete opinions level 5
Member Name: Seven17
Obselete opinions level 5
Date: 31/10/12, updated on 31/10/12 (16 review reads)
Advantages: Freedom for the Syrian people
Disadvantages: Torture, death and violence on a daily basis.
The other day i posted a review in the Dooyoo lounge about the Arab Spring in general, but since i don't have many suggestions left, i thought it best to save them and write something specifically in the archive section instead, so here is my "obselete" opinion, specifically on the Syrian Civil War.
We have seen since the start of 2011 the gradual rise of violence in Syria, which recently escalated so far now that it can be rightly called a full on civil war. Over the time of the Arab spring a number of political leaders have set out sanctions which aren't entirely effective, and now it seems the crisis is only worsening.
There are some pretty sick things going on inside Syria right now with mass killings of children, torture, shelling and more happening on a daily basis. Tortures on children and innocent people are purely done to either get information or more likely, punish them for rising up against the regime. Assad's troops are often kept much like North Korea is, in a cult of personality. They don't know they are killing their own people, they're told that they are armed terrorists, or the ones that do know better kill them anyway because they are either too scared to rise up against the regime in fear of their health, families, or otherwise, or even that they like the regime and will fight to the death so the dictator they love can stay in power. The reasons the Army knowingly kills it's own people (or rather unknowingly) are infinite but put yourself in their position. If you and your family were threatened to be tortured and killed, or starved, or thrown in jail etc, then wouldn't you kill some "terrorists" for the sake of your loved ones. It's a difficult choice but rather you than me springs to mind.
It's very hard to get the entire army to rise up and stop the fighting against these rebels because whilst some don't know any better, if you get just a few soldiers who defect, you end up with them and their families facing the consequences. If the whole army turned it's back on Assad at once his regime would collapse soon enough, he'd be killed obviously, by rebels advancing on the palace or through an inside job.
Now "why don't we help?" you might ask, well things are complicated and not only are diplomatic ties an important factor to consider but also the fact that there's nothing in it for the west. At the end of the Libyan uprising the west got some fantastic oil deals and David Cameron visited libya to much applause from the locals. Diplomatic ties were booming at the end of that, but in Syria there is no oil, and there's a checkered past with the nation that borders our dear ally, Israel. On the 11th 9/11 anniversary an American diplomat was dragged from the embassy and murdered by a bunch of thugs which has set the western ties back a bit, but there were protests in the street against it saying that while he was not a Muslim and he was a westerner, he did help them, and I do specifically remember a banner that said something along the line of "he was helping us, he did not need to be killed" and it's thanks to this revolution in democracy that such protests could have taken place. I've no doubt gaddafi and his ugly as sin face would have stamped that nonsense out immediately. He did have a serious temper. Unlike Assad he displays his anger publicly.
There has always been a battle between communism and democracy but how can Russia stand by communism when a brutal regime kills it's own people? Simple. The people are fighting against communism, they want to rise up and remove dictators, meanwhile russia is sat there watching all these dictators fall left right and centre, the rebels are winning and the west is helping them. They are angry about it and therefore to keep fellow dictators with good diplomatic ties close to them for the sake of their ideals, they must support them no matter what, so Russia is not bothered if Assad continues to shell his own people, his people are rising up against him, that's not Assad's fault and he must protect himself and his government. Or at least thats the sick twisted way the Eastern Commies see it.
It will be a long war where both sides slug it out to the death and given the way people are dying and leaving the country, the regime can only last so long. I have no doubt the rebels will win but they only hold small pockets of land in Northern Syria and near the Jordan border, so they've got a lot of work to do over a long period of time. But what happens if they do win, will they turn on the west for not helping, and how will this shape the west's general diplomatic ties with this new democratic country?
Summary: Syria deserves to be a democratic country, if only the violence would stop.