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Over the last two years, the situation in Syria has worsened exponentially at the on-set of anti-regime protests but now the conflict has reached its cross-roads: It looks as if the Syrian revolution is no longer just a domestic affair.
With 93,000 people having been killed since the spark of the uprising against President Bashar Al Assad, ferocious battle between pro-government and anti-government forces is still active.
According to the UN, the situation in the country “deteriorated drastically over the past year,” with 5000 killings recorded every month since last July.
Demand for change in the political setup or reforms in the existing structure in general is quite different from what we are witnessing in Syria, because the movement to replace Assad gradually turned into ethnic violence between Sunni’s and Shiites. On another front both the Assad regime and Anti-Assad fighters are getting aid from foreign countries.
It is very uncommon to observe that anti-government street protests in the Arab world transforms into a barbarous civil war with ever rising human casualties, fueled by foreign assistance.
Rationally speaking, political situations in the Arab world over the last two years have been poised in the shadow of revolutions and anti-government protests, and the demand for regime change became quite the day-to-day activity in places such as Egypt or Tunisia. However, the Syrian revolution is different and literally on the verge of transforming into an international battle field if Westerns nations extended military support to either party.
According to Al-Arabiya, another news website, ethnic cleansing of Sunni Muslims have commenced by the hand of Assad forces, deliberately pushing refugees towards Lebanon.
Because Russians have opened supply lines providing arms and ammunition to the Assad regime to fight against rebels at the same time as Western countries favor the “rebels” and have been supplying them with tanks and other armor, it might open another front in Syrian civil war between their allies.
The Assad regime has reached unimaginable levels of brutality in order to crush the uprising, ravaging towns and killing many people which has entirely devastating social and economic life in Syria.
According to Jerusalem Post, Saudi Arabia has been providing arms to the rebels for months, along with Qatar allegedly aiding the Al-Nusra Front
Critical analysis into the causes of revolution reveals that protests against Assad regime in early stages of conflict began after security forces opened fire on demonstrators, but over a period of time the revolution turned into fierce fighting, and that converted into civil war. Again, there is a possibility it might continue to develop into war between Syrian forces, rebels, and foreign forces on each side.
The Syrian conflict took a dramatic turn when the US President expressed willingness to send military hardware to support anti-government fighters. According to the BBC, President Barack Obama’s decision came after the White House said it had clear evidence of government forces carrying out small scale chemical attacks.
Now the Syrian conflict has reached its climax since local Syrian issue reached the verge of multinational battle an may mark the beginning of globalization of war.
It seems that the table for diplomacy and dialogue has been abandoned amid aggression and violence, hatred and terror. Ultimately, Syria is under siege by multiple crises, whether it is political or ethnic, and the doors of dialogue and reconciliation has to be established to invite back normality and peace to Syria.
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