Syria is a Country that seemingly has always had internal problems and divisions. It is a Country of very high strategic importance both for its location and size as well as the mineral resources that lay beneath the ground. I think it is important to grasp where Syria even comes from as a State actor.
“The modern Syrian state was established after the First World War as a French mandate, and represented the largest Arab state to emerge from the formerly Ottoman-ruled Arab Levant. It gained independence in April 1946, as a parliamentary republic. The post-independence period was tumultuous, and a large number of military coups and coup attempts shook the country in the period 1949–1971. Between 1958 and 1961, Syria entered a brief union with Egypt, which was terminated by a military coup. Syria was under Emergency Law from 1963 to 2011, effectively suspending most constitutional protections for citizens, and its system of government is considered to be non-democratic. Bashar al-Assad has been president since 2000 and was preceded by his father Hafez al-Assad, who was in office from 1971.“
10 Syrian Experts break down the current situation.
Syria has since sometime in 2011 devolved into a full-fledged Civil War and the ramifications of this are enormous. There is without a doubt a proxy war going on inside it borders as I sit here and type. Very Similar to the Spanish Civil War in the 1930’s. You have the US and Allies essentially supporting the rebels and then you have the Russians and its allies supporting the current regime.
The Guardian reports..
“The UN human rights commission has given more details of a “shocking” new study it commissioned which found that 60,000 people had been killed in the Syrian conflict. The study said the 60,000 figure is likely to underestimate of the actual number of deaths, given that reports containing insufficient information were excluded from the investigation.”
The Question that remains unanswered is what can be done? What will the end game be? Every Foreign Policy expert seems to have a different idea and ways to “solve” the problem. I believe this matter is of grave importance.. I fully believe that it could well drag many countries into a conflict they absolutely do not want to be involved in.
Will be adding more to this post as I digest more information and have time to consider what I have read. I really did not have enough time to go into this the way I originally had planned.
Article ran across just surfing around…
As usual a fantastic Frontline Show on Syria
Interactive map showing details of the Battle for Syria
CNN article on possible end game.
EDIT:: Jan 12,2012
A article that appeared today in the Washington Post.. and clearly the biggest fear of almost everyone.