Bloody dilemma

The bloody civil war in Syria

Whatever action the west decides to take over Syria, there will be blood.

Pictures and videos of civilians seemingly executed at gunpoint has emerged on the web. According to the Syrian opposition, the killings took place in the coastal city of Banias, in Alawite heartland. The Alawites, a shia group reported to be sectarian and fierce supporters of president Bashar al-Assad.

The killings is reported to be part of two massacres carried out by government supporters.

Last week allegations were made against the Syrian government, accusing them of using chemical weapons in the civil war against the rebel groups. Western leaders like Obama has hinted that if sufficient proof chemical weapons being used can be put on the table, it would be a Rubicon and make military action much more likely.

Countries like France and Britain has pushed for firm action to be taken against Assads regime in an attempt to end the war. In the Security Council, Russia has opposed military intervention in Syria, arguing that other countries had no right to fidle with the internal matters of others.

President Assad is obviously a crook and a dictator, but is military intervention the way to go? Western invasions and interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali has left a foul stench of blood and corruption in the air. Afghanistan and Iraq are examples of countries who still suffer from bloody internal strife, a decade or more after the west removed the “bad” guys and made way for the “good”.

Continued warfare in Syria may spark wider regional crisis. Isreal has already attack what they claim was weapon convoys from the Assad regime to Hezbollah in Lebanon, who have confirmed that they help Assad. It is also known that Iran were involved in the Syrian civil war. According to the Guardian, Iran’s ground forces commander, General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, said they would support Syria’s army with assistance in training, although he denied Iran would have active involvement in operations

The Syrian question is complex and tricky. On one hand the civil war have caused more than 70 000 deaths and should be stopped. On the other hand intervention by outside forces might escalate the conflict and civilian casualties.


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