Free Essay

Which Faction of Syria Is Right?

In: Other Topics

Submitted By johnc1
Words 1331
Pages 6
Which faction of Syria is right?

The uprising of Arabic democracy through 2011 sparked a flame spreading across the Middle East. The fire is at Syria’s door and has burned through many lives already. In a bloodthirsty war between the FSA (Free Syrian Army) and Bashir Al-Assad's military, these factions fight for and against democracy and cross every barrier in morality, principle and culture to both achieve and defend their goals. Both are ferocious towards one another, so who should we as the civilized world be supporting in this bloodbath? The rebels, who want nothing more than to have the freedom and lives mimic that of the first world? Or the government who are trying to restore order into Syria for the benefit of the people and maintain their history? Through each variable, I find that we should be defending the government against the animals on the other side. This is influenced from the analysis of the conflict and its evolution. Or devolution?

The rise of the modern Middle East first originated in February 2011 with rebels bringing Gaddafi’s tyranny to an end. This war settled in October 2011 after rebels swarmed into Tripoli where Gaddafi was finally killed and democracy was planned to come forth within eight months of their new liberation. Syria’s people sought the same but Al-Assad was not impressed with this copy of Libyan uproar and sought to broadcast a message that Syria simply wasn't ready for democracy. To ease tension, they release dozens of political prisoners. So they may have some heart after all this. With everybody naively thinking everything was settled, Al-Assad saw otherwise and announced that the protestors were influenced by Israeli agents. Al-Assad could be paranoid of suffering the same fate as the late Gaddafi and claimed that 120 security enforcement agents were gunned down by armed rebels in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour.

The FSA then targeted a high profile military base close to Damascus and supporters of the government retaliate by targeting foreign embassies. By December 2011, dual suicide bombers detonate outside security facilities, killing 44. The FSA holds the government liable when they are trying to cool the heat from the rebels to keep the country in order however the rebels are pushing the tolerance of the government and in turn, air units are dispatched into Baba Amr to recapture the land recently commandeered by the FSA. The death toll from the attack is at over 7,500 and the world is beginning to criticize the government for the barbaric attack and national opposition begins to form as a result which spirals into a later civil war. The FSA may appear to seek freedom, but this has only resulted in death and the government is doing what any other government would do with a 'terrorist' problem. Would you stand down and watch your country rise against you? This is only right as Syria cannot shatter and join so many other countries in the rebuild of the Middle East.

By 2012, international support of Syria shifts between the government and the rebels being our favorable faction. In May 2012, the UN is still eager to handle this outbreak in Syria, and condemns the government's use of heavy. The US also warns that using chemical weapons would tilt the US into an invasion and have the same outcome as Saddam Hussein in 2006. The same should not be for Syria when this can be avoided if the US kept their ego out of Syria's own business. The rebels continue to terrorize the people throughout the land killing anybody in support of the government, blowing up 3 government security chiefs and two additional bombings in Damascus, killing innocent 4 guards who merely followed orders. International pressure intensifies after Turkey intercepts a cargo plane inbound to a military base carrying arms from Russia, and in order to keep the conflict internalized, Syrian airspace is out of bounds to Turkish aircrafts. Neighbouring countries are further pushing the patience of the Syrian government when a storm of Israeli jets attacks a Syrian military ‘research’ facility, allegedly the destination of a convoy of ]lorries carrying weapons from Lebanon. The FSA continues to seize more land from the government and so the government bombs out the city of Raqqa in reason to exile a stronghold of the FSA. Through this we can see that the government is not picking arguments and is only combating the moves of the FSA.

However Bashir Al-Assad and his government are not the innocent, blameless victims that they may originally appear to have been. The government can be equally as medieval in their methods, like the FSA and so demonstrated how they are able to use their resources that the FSA can only aspire to wield. On August 21st, 2013 in the east centre of Damascus, at least 8 chemical missiles struck the land. It was confirmed that the chemical agent spliced into the missiles was the deadly nerve gas, Sarin which Saddam Hussein once used. The M14 rockets used are able to carry a payload of up to 2.2kg of Sarin alongside their combustive materials. Rebels would not be able to source the missiles, Sarin or the launcher they were released from and with no known third party, only the government can be held liable for this attack. Within the death toll, a large percentage was women and infants. By the time the full force of Sarin had taken effect, the toll had soared to over 1,000 solely from the chemical attack. With this media disaster on their hands, Russia and Syria collaborated in a joint press release showing a video of rebels from Liwa al-Islam launching the missiles. Liqa al-Islam insisted that these videos were fabricated in order to shift the blame. This devastating attack would hopefully suffocate the war but this only added to the determination of the FSA to continue against the government in a selfish, cruel, inhumane and brutal act. A government should not be treating its people like this although sending foreign military to Syria will only fan the flames and frankly, the world should keep its nose out of the Middle East and let it take care of itself. This part of the globe has been at war - one way or another - for hundreds of years and our best (and safest) bet would be just to keep out for once.

To conclude, the Syrian civil war is a complex, delicate matter however with neither side willing to admit their wrong-doings or surrender to the opposition, it is most likely this war will continue to run until there is no more damage left to be done. Judging from the information provided, the FSA were the instigators of this war and all havoc would have never surfaced if it weren't for them. The death toll now stands over 100,000 according to the UN. The FSA knows no boundaries and in a media stunt, a warrior was filmed to cut out the heart of a government soldier and then eat it in front of the lens. Our country wishes to arm these animals and doing so would only further invoke retaliation from the government until the damage is devoid of repair. However the actions taken against the FSA were far out of order and with the chemical strike, Al-Assad has only made the situation worse with the UN deciding the ‘fate’ of Syria.

Word count: 1239

Sources:
Lybian war: http://pages.wustl.edu/wuir/development-conflict-arab-spring-libya-and-syria-revolution-civil-war - Accessed on November 29th http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13755445 - Accessed on November 29th
Syrian war: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23927399 - Accessed on November 29th http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14703995 - Accessed on November 29th http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23455760 - Accessed on November 30th

Similar Documents

Premium Essay

Iran

...branch of Islam – the official religion which takes a predominant place even in politics. The real name of the country is Islamic republic of Iran and his capital Teheran. Geographically, Iran is taller than both France and Germany. Who has already heard about Iran recently? (levage de mains), why?? Good, as you may know, Iran is focus of actuality economic and politic. Through this presentation, we will answer two questions, First of all, we’ll see if Iran is key country and secondly, we’ll see the point of Iran as a threat to the peace of the world. Conflit interne Complex political strucure At the apex of the Islamic Republic’s power structure is a “Supreme Leader” who has vast formal powers and no term limits. Today it’s Ayatola Ali Khomeni. He is chosen by an elected body “the Assembly of Experts” which also has the constitutional power to remove bhim. He is responsible for “general policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, which include all aspects of domestic and foreign policy. He exercises considerable authority. He controls all of the armed forces and the Islamic Republic’s intelligence and security operations. He alone can declare war and peace. Throughout (au cours) career, has consistently taken hardline stances on regional issues, particularly toward Israel, often calling it a cancerous tumor that needs to be excised from the region. President’s powers : The main directly elected institution is the presidency, which is clearly subordinate to the......

Words: 1584 - Pages: 7

Free Essay

Syria Op-Ed

...The current uprising in Syria may be seen by the rest of the world as just the latest episode of the Arab Spring, the latest domino to teeter under the weight of dissatisfaction that has spread across the Arab world. The circumstances leading to each uprising are caused by different variables that are unique to each country’s domestic policies, and each country’s own experimentation with incompetent dictators and despots over decades. Syria’s circumstances are less known than others, but they centre around the Assads, and their unique hold on power. The Assad family has ruled Syria for the past 41 years. The country’s current president, Bashar al-Assad, inherited the reins from his late father, Hafez al-Assad, who led a bloodless intra-party coup d’état in 1970, replacing then-president Salah Jadid, one of the Baathist leaders. The elder Assad’s iron-fisted style ended the instability and countless disagreements between various factions in the Baathist Party on how to lead the country. With the help of the military and loyalists among his minority Alawite sect, he consolidated his power by eliminating all his opponents in the Baath Party. He then formed a legislature dominated by the Baathists (while allowing a few seats to a handful of other parties he deemed friendly), and created a coalition of pro-Baath committees that helped establish local councils within each of the 14 governorates in Syria to maintain a tight stranglehold on power in all municipalities and...

Words: 1050 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

Policy Brief

...Memorandum To: Mr. Prime Minister, David Cameron Subject: Intervention or Non-intervention in Syria Date: 20.09.2013 The Syrian Civil War, Syrian Uprising or Syrian Crisis- all of these are names for the abyss in which Syria lies right now. It is an ongoing armed conflict which started on the 15th of March 2011 between the Belligerents of the Government and a coalition of civilians, former Syrian army troops and other factions who seek to overthrow it. Protesters all over the country want the resignation of the President Bashar Al-Assad calling for political freedom and rights. Bashar reacted violently to the protests and launched large-scale operations against the rebels. Those operations meant using tanks, artillery and infantry which lead to a high number of deaths. But the most culpable act was the use of chemical weapons against the people. United Kingdom cannot stay oblivious to these abominable actions, especially at what happened in the latest instance. It is in regard to the issue, that the Government needs a strong and firm decision and call for arms in order to restore peace in a state where it is forgotten. Chemical weapons are damnable in any circumstance The recent reports of the UN special Rapporteurs on the use of chemical weapons denote the lack of fear of the Syrians and the indefinite damnation of the act. Though the Syrian parties blame one another, the empirical evidence can’t be disputed. A civil war though not sustained can......

Words: 993 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

2015 Berkeley Mun Spd Topic

...South Sudan Topic Background It has been slightly over three years since this fledgling nation seceded from Sudan in July 2011. Now the country is fraught with a major political upheaval, a debilitating famine, a declining economy, and an impending civil war ripe with ethnic tension. The South Sudanese political and social schism erupted after President Salva Kiir began to crackdown on the supporters of his rival, former Vice President Riek Machard. Mr. Machard attempted a coup to overthrow the President shortly after Mr. Kiir dismissed the entirety of his government due to suspicion that they were plotting to overthrow his regime. The conflict boiled over and turned violent between the feuding army factions on December 15th 2013. The political struggle between these two factions quickly escalated into a full-scale ethnic conflict and has created a violent schism within the country. Mr. Kiir identifies with the Dinka ethnic group, South Sudan’s majority, whereas Mr. Machard is a member of the less populous Nuer group. After the attempted coup, Mr. Kiir went after many of Mr. Machard’s supporters in order to reassert and consolidate his authority. However, the South Sudanese political allegiances generally correlate to ethnic identity and the vast majority...

Words: 3086 - Pages: 13

Free Essay

The United States and the Middle East

...progress for decades, it’s time for the United States to take another look at its political strategy for achieving lasting peace in the region. With the events of early 2011 in the Middle East, otherwise known as Arab Spring, the region has become highly unstable and vulnerable to the influences of terrorism. This is a critical time for the United States to reestablish healthy diplomatic relations in the region in order to decrease the spread terrorism and harsh anti-American sentiment as well as bring about a lasting peace. In order for America to improve its foreign affairs in the Middle East it needs to finish strong in Iraq and Afghanistan, reach a peace agreement in Israel, push for more diplomacy with Iran, and support the rebels in Syria fighting injustice. By involving the rest of the world in the current situation in the Middle East the United States can build better diplomatic relations and bring about peace more rapidly, while also decreasing the already massive strain the region has on its economy. The second war in Iraq never should have happened. Though this is a bold statement that possibly discredits the sacrifice of thousands of American soldiers, it is a concept that...

Words: 4029 - Pages: 17

Free Essay

Debate Paper

...Should the U.S. take Military Action in Syria? Syria, a country in the Middle East bordering Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon has experienced growing civil unrest since 2011. The current government, led by Bashar al-Assad, has responded with violence and human rights abuses. In September 2013 the United Nations (UN) (United Nations, 2013) confirmed chemical weapons were used against civilians in Damascus on August 21st. These actions have generated an outcry for intervention. Arguments Some believe taking action is the only way to stop the killing of civilians and end human rights abuses perpetrated by the military. These pro-interventionists conclude Assad continues his oppressive actions because he doesn’t believe anyone will take action to stop him. Assaults on Syrian civilians are documented by many sources. Since January 2011 it is estimated over 100,000 citizens protesting against the Assad regime have been killed by military forces (Table, 2013). A report commissioned by the UN in June 2013 estimated 5,000 were killed each month since July 2012. This number exceeds reported deaths in Iraq at the height of war in 2007. In a September 2011 report many atrocities against children were documented. Over a hundred children were killed in connection with protests, many others reported injured. A group of children in the town of Dara’a, as young as 8, were taken into custody in connection with anti-government graffiti on a schoolhouse wall. These......

Words: 2628 - Pages: 11

Free Essay

Federal Gov

...the Catholic Church. Nic and Machiavelli was used by shakespear and the Nick-name was derived from it. Use of the nick name was mostly used to disassociate from the vast amount of evil doing. 2) Political Philosophy and Political theory d. Asks normative as well as empirical question. i. Normative is about value such as the best form of government and justice ii. Empirical is more about factual such as the amount of states or colonies. 1. Aristottle 5th BC and teacher of natural law theory and about natural inequality. a. Very similar about the natural rights theory of John locke’s, written some time in the 1680s. This are the same as the one that Thomas Jefferson’s work in the Declaration of Independence. That by, nature have the right to have the same amount of equality of political rights. e. Karl Marx – founder of the ideal of the communism in Europe. Social democratic of the western Europe derive from the ideas of Marx. The Russian social democratic party. f. John Jack Rousseau – people in primitive society were better off morality than the one in the current because the current corrupt our hearts. g. Transperancy.org and surveys all countries of the world and rates...

Words: 4651 - Pages: 19

Free Essay

Federal Gov

...the Catholic Church. Nic and Machiavelli was used by shakespear and the Nick-name was derived from it. Use of the nick name was mostly used to disassociate from the vast amount of evil doing. 2) Political Philosophy and Political theory d. Asks normative as well as empirical question. i. Normative is about value such as the best form of government and justice ii. Empirical is more about factual such as the amount of states or colonies. 1. Aristottle 5th BC and teacher of natural law theory and about natural inequality. a. Very similar about the natural rights theory of John locke’s, written some time in the 1680s. This are the same as the one that Thomas Jefferson’s work in the Declaration of Independence. That by, nature have the right to have the same amount of equality of political rights. e. Karl Marx – founder of the ideal of the communism in Europe. Social democratic of the western Europe derive from the ideas of Marx. The Russian social democratic party. f. John Jack Rousseau – people in primitive society were better off morality than the one in the current because the current corrupt our hearts. g. Transperancy.org and surveys all countries of the world and rates...

Words: 4651 - Pages: 19

Premium Essay

The End of the Iraq War: Unrest in the Middle East

...without rules, regulations, or even a Code of Conduct except for some that are self-imposed. The media’s Newspapers, Radio, TV and Cable have a variety of interests of their own and set goals to be achieved. They have their fulsome share of rogues, incompetents and avaricious vultures. Yet at their best, the media provide the nation with a vital service it can get nowhere else. It is one of the pillars of the state. US military action against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria began on a small scale three months ago but has steadily expanded in size and scope, raising the stakes for Washington, experts say. The mission has morphed from protecting religious minorities in Iraq to a vow to "destroy" the IS group in both Syria and Iraq, a dramatic shift for an American president who as a candidate was an outspoken opponent of the previous US war in Iraq. Transnational actors-Globalization provides international actors with additional tools for enhancing their interests and power. More actors which assume the shape of threats are actively and directly involved in everyday international  affairs. That is why extremist and terrorist ideological groups for example achieved the ability to manipulate an audience by cultivating fear on the global scale. Rebel or resistance movements, warlords, criminal organizations, local militias, ethnic groups, and many other forms of armed opposition act on both national and international levels. The preferences and interests of these......

Words: 1906 - Pages: 8

Premium Essay

Defeating Daesh

...Defeating the Islamic State: Both Short-term and Long-term Counter Strategies for the Proto-State and its Ideologies Christopher J. Minchin Norwich University FIRST DRAFT SOCI 401A Culture and Anthropology February 16, 2016 Tracey Poirier Source: The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP).), Jan, 2016. “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles“ –– Sun Tzu, Chinese philosopher and military strategist, around 500 BC. “Our terrorism against America is blessed terrorism.” –– Osama bin Laden (on video) “The acme of this religion is jihad.” — Osama bin Laden (Bergen, 2001, p. 41) Many have asked, “what can we do to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)? ” There have been a variety of suggestions from airstrikes, isolation , establishing a national unity government in Iraq to the feasibility of a counter-offensive using 'local' militia's and only as a last resort U.S. Boots on the ground. These are all worthy ideas; however, it is imperative to get a fundamental understanding of what has caused this problem because ISIS is growing and becoming stronger (even though current air strikes and counter-offensives have been successful). Before a decision can be made a rigorous analysis is necessary, a sociological analysis, so that the United States and the rest of the world can determine what must be done regarding ISIS and why.......

Words: 20913 - Pages: 84

Free Essay

Will Syria Be the Next Iraq? - a Thematic Analysis

...! ! ! ! ! Assignment#3! MB!8600! ! WILL!SYRIA!BE!THE!NEXT!IRAQ?! > A!look!at!what!USA’s!move!in!Syria!should!be! by! Deep!Bhatia! Student!ID:!500128395! September!24th,!2013! ! ! 1! ! Table&of&Contents& 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 ! Introduction...................................................................................................................................1!! Methodology.................................................................................................................................1!! Summary!of!the!empirical!findings................................................................................................2! References.....................................................................................................................................5! Appendix........................................................................................................................................8!! ! 2! ! WILL&SYRIA&BE&THE&NEXT&IRAQ?& Introduction& What!began!as!a!relatively!minor!civil!uprising!in!Damascus,!Syria!in!March!2011!as!an!influence!of!Arab& Spring!(wave!of!demonstrations!and!protests!in!the!Arab!world)!has!now!escalated!to!a!full>blown!civil! war,!with!an!alarming!number!of!deaths,!and!the!news!of!chemical!weapons.!The!war!initially!began!as!a! protest!from!the!masses!against!the!allegedly>corrupt!regime,!led!by!Bashar!Al>Assad,!whose!main! demand!was!that!he!step!down!from!his!post;!however,!recent!tolls!have!estimated...

Words: 4107 - Pages: 17

Free Essay

Andes Strindberg Journal

...In the U.S.-led “global war on terrorism,” al-Qa`ida and its militant affiliates have come to serve as both symbol and explanatory matrix for a range of disparate militant groups in the Middle East and beyond. Included among these are the Palestinian rejectionist factions and the Lebanese Hizballah, despite the fact that their roots, worldviews, and agendas are inimical to those of al-Qa`ida. This article argues that the scholarly and political effort to lump together diverse resistance groups into a homogenous “terrorist enemy,” ultimately symbolized by Osama Bin Laden, is part and parcel of neocolonial power politics whereby all “native” struggles against established power structures are placed beyond reason and dialogue. The authors contend that while the Palestinian rejectionist factions and the Lebanese Hizballah may be understood as local representations of the anticolonial “third worldist” movement, al-Qa`ida and its affiliates operate within a “neo–third worldist” framework, a dichotomy that entails tactical and strategic differences, both political and military. The article draws on an extensive series of author interviews with leaders and cadres from Hizballah and the Palestinian factions. In response to al-Qa`ida’s 11 September 2001 attacks, the United States declared war not merely against those who had set upon it, but against an open-ended range of “terrorist organizations and those who harbor and support them.”1 Within two weeks of the attacks, U.S. President......

Words: 9034 - Pages: 37

Free Essay

Kurdistan

...Can There Be a Kurdistan The Kurdish people of southwest Asia represent one of the largest ethnic groups in the world with no sovereign state to call their own. With the breakup of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the desire to create an independent Kurdish state has intensified and created conflicts between the Kurds and the modern states of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. The Kurds’ aspiration of creating a new ethnic state in the Middle East has only served to further destabilize an already unstable region. But to prevent future turmoil, the creation of a new nation-state could be a necessary precaution. The dream of a Kurdish homeland is an old one, but after thousands of years, whether or not it can be achieved remains far from certain. The Kurdish people represent a distinct ethnic population within the Middle East. Unlike most of their surrounding neighbors, they are of neither of Turkic nor Arabic descent (Global Security, “Kurdish Conflict”). They are ethnically and linguistically distant relatives of the neighboring Persians, but have for millennia have maintained a unique cultural identity inhabiting a area from the Zagros Mountains to the eastern Taurus Mountains and part of the Mesopotamian plain (Black). Though they can trace their origins in the region back over 25 centuries to the Empire of the Medes, the Kurds can claim only brief and scattered moments of independence (Global Security, “Kurdish Conflict”). One such moment occurred......

Words: 2286 - Pages: 10

Free Essay

The Palestenian Front

...supplementary of the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO, how it dictated and directed politics in their region and how HUMINT would respond in terms of operations to the effects of those underlying factors. The Palestinian Liberation FrontThe actuality of the Palestinian Liberation Front cannot be vehemently depicted in history without including the past activities of the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO. How the movement got a slot in the political field of Arab-Israeli relations remains a mystery up to present date. Their methods and philosophies are still seen as ferocious and dangerous by most refined and broad-minded societal settings. How will these limitations impede HUMINT activities? Looking into the circumstances in which they live and how it touches on their...

Words: 4885 - Pages: 20

Premium Essay

Conflict Between Israel and Palestine

...summary page for news on the Middle East Early history Both Palestinians and Israelis are people originating in the Middle East. The central question of the Middle East conflict today is who has the most right to the area. The Jews were driven around the year 70 AD, and was then spread throughout Europe and the Middle East. For many years they were denied access to the area, while in their new country were often subjected to persecution and abuse. As a result of including the Inquisition in southern Europe, many Jews chose the 1500 - and 1600's to settle in Palestine again. It is estimated that the total population of Palestine was then at 200 000, while the Jewish population accounted for approximately 15 000 The organized Jewish immigration to Palestine began in 1882. This happened as a result of the rise of Zionism in Europe. Zionism was a political movement working for a Jewish state in the Middle East. Zionist movement got its diplomatic breakthrough in 1917 with the so-called Balfour Declaration. This was a statement in which the British government promised to work for the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. Jewish immigration to Palestine After World War I, the Ottoman Empire, as Palestine was part of, in solution. Palestine was under British mandate, which gave impetus to Jewish immigration. The...

Words: 2626 - Pages: 11