Syrian Debacle Essay

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The Syrian civil war began in 2011 and has continued to tear the country apart ever since. It started out as a popular uprising against the regime of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. The peaceful protests of the rebel forces were answered with a brutal response from the government. This caused a violent reaction and sent the country of Syria into a full on civil war. The problem is the constant fighting between Assad’s forces and the rebel forces. The cause is President Bashar al-Assad has power of Syria and the solution is to find a peaceful resolution and end the civil war.
The problem in Syria is that President Bashar al-Assad wants to stay in power, as you will discover, he will do ...view middle of the document...

S. were to provide supplies for them that would also be arming the al Qaeda forces as well. “Syria, while clearly a humanitarian tragedy due to the loss of tens of thousands of civilians, does not pose a direct threat to the United States or its strategic interests. As such my, opinion is the U.S. should purse a policy of containment and isolation of the regime by applying diplomatic and economic sanctions.” (Colonel Jeff Dill USMC – Pentagon).
Lastly, an important problem with Syria is the use of chemical weapons. During the civil war of Syria there have been several chemical weapons that were used on the rebels and also civilians and more than 100,000 people were killed by these attacks. President Bashar al-Assad has denied that he allowed theses weapons to be used against his own people and he blames that the rebels did it to themselves (“Syria chemical weapons allegations”). But it is obvious that President Bashar al-Assad launched those weapons because he was the only one who possessed the weapons and the power to deploy them.
There are several different causes of the Syrian Civil War, one of them being political repression. President Bashar took power in 2000 after his father died who had ruled Syria since 1970. His effort to keep his family in power over Syria was to get rid of any possible reforms that could affect that power and to remain with the one-party system, which restricted any other parties to come into power besides his own, hence one-party. Since there has been no transfer of power in the Syrian government since 1950 when Assad's father ruled Syria, then the only thing that could happen to induce change in the country was either through military coup or a popular uprising. Since Assad controlled most of the military it only left one option and that was a popular uprising into an armed rebel force against the regime of Assad.
Another cause of the Syrian civil war was the Tunisia effect. This is one of the major causes of the Syrian civil war because of Mohamed Bouazizi, a street-vendor, whose self-immolation in 2010 started the Arab Spring (Primoz Manfreda). The Arab spring was a series of anti-government protests across the Arab world. The fall of Tunisian and Egyptian regimes in 2011 made millions of Syrians aware of the possibility of change in the government of their own country. Seeing the fall of two regimes in their area caused Syrians to believe that their own repressive regime could be overthrown as well (Primoz Manfreda). That was the beginning of the Syrian Civil War.
A solution to the Syrian civil war is called the Arab League Peace Plan. It called for the Syrian government to stop its crackdown on protesters. This didn’t last too long as the government...

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