Sunday, September 8, 2013

Political solution, not military action in Syria

The world wants peace in Syria. Photo source: Google.
The US military strike in Syria, if it pushes through, will be the beginning of a much larger conflict to come by which to include the powerful countries of the world. The Syrian dictator Assad has warned the US to refrain from getting involved in his own war or face the bitter consequence of retaliation.

Syria has been on its second year of civil war that has already taken the lives of over a hundred thousand of people mostly of which were civilians consisting of women and young children. It’s a civil war that went ugliest and should have been intervened by the UN for human rights violations and other war crimes committed by both the rebel fighters and the Syrian army.

It was only after the chemical attack on civilians that killed more than a thousand of people as reported last month that the US expressed the desire to intervene by way of a military strike against Assad’s regime. Based on the sample taken from the blast site, it was confirmed that a “sarin” nerve gas has been used. But the question as to who fired that lethal gas is still to be confirmed although there are speculations already blaming Assad for the attack but as well the rebels.

The Syrian civil war has become a complicated one as it evolved to become a proxy war for those with personal interests in mind to device a need to get involve, sectarian, and the combined military-political adventurism of the powerful few. The US should have learned the lessons of the past that military actions do not always solve problems; it will only, in the case with Syria, worsen the situation.

The US will have nothing to gain from this, not unless it will bring this case to be discussed and negotiated between these quarreling people and offer solutions. Regime-change in some of the Middle-Eastern countries, as what the US has been known best of doing through the work of its CIA, has never been helping scrape the very core of the problem.

At least 60% of Assad’s opposition, according to a report, is composed of terrorist groups linked to Al Quaida. If the US strikes Assad’s regime, it helps these terrorists to gain power in Syria—the same terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attack on American soil a little over a decade ago. But Iran, which is Syria’s important ally in the region, is Uncle Sam’s enemy so he will have a hard time weighing up his thoughts as to whose camp he will be siding with. 

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