Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An Armed Uprising in Syria?

Nothing quite says f*ck you like killing seven people on the first day of Eid. This is Bashar al Assad's gift to the Syrian people. With behaviour like this, I'm not surprised that more and more Syrians are starting to call for a 'Libyan' solution to the bloodshed in Syria. By this, and I will disappoint the anti-NATO vultures, I do not mean they will start asking for the West to bomb the Syrian army, but rather that Syrians themselves will start to take up arms against the regime's security services and thugs. The logic behind this is that since people are already being killed, they might as well be armed and have a fighting chance.

I can't say I agree with the soundness of this logic, but I can't say I blame them for calling for such a drastic solution. In six months, Bashar al Assad's stupidity has dragged the country to the verge of civil war. From a mildly popular dictator, he has now become the most hated man in Syria, with the demonstrators now openly asking for "the execution of the President". And rightly so, the deaths of 2,200 Syrian citizens by the security services and paramilitary thugs is inexcusable and Assad is squarely to blame for this. This man has now single handedly taken the entire country into the unknown, rather than respect the wishes of his people and leave willingly. The longer the killing continues, the more likely an armed uprising might become, and the more uncertain the entire country's future begins to appear.

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