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The Arab Awakening: The Syrian Situation


As more and more Arab countries move towards civil revolution, one can only infer that the citizens have finally woken up to the wrongdoings of the past and have realized that change will only happen if they bring it themselves. Many Arab countries have faced totalitarian rule for decades now. The citizens of Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and now Syria, all have taken matters into their own hands as have fought their oppressors. Some have succeeded, some haven’t. 
While dictators like Muammar Ghaddafi and Hosni Mubarak have been ousted from their respective governments, theses countries are a long way from peace. As their governments have fallen, many social and political groups have claimed power, leading to total chaos and anarchy. Still, the future is bright. For others like Syria, the struggle has just begun. With President Bashar Al Assad still in power, the country faces an uphill struggle against the governments genocidal tendencies. One advantage these people supposedly have is that governments around the world are aware of the situation in the country and have condemned the president and his government. The UN has already issued sanctions and a future Iraq style invasion of the country seems possible. The UN observer team being rejected access to the country only made matters worse. The recent mass killings in Syria have left hundreds of innocent civilians dead, among them women and children. A prompt response from the UN and major European countries seems likely.
Already, all foreign assets of President Assad’s family have been frozen and his British wife has been barred from entering the UK. Several countries, among them India, the US and Australia, have issued travel advisories to their citizens against visiting Syria, unless absolutely necessary. With the situation in the country only worsening by the hour, one major question comes to mind, has a civil war begun? The events of the coming days will unfold this mystery and will define Syria’s tryst with destiny. Until then, everything is left to chance.


Author: himanshusahay23

I am a 17-year old Indian student in Dubai, preparing for my transition to college in the United States this year. I am fanatically in love with cars, Manchester United, mathematics and crime fiction. Most of my articles have been written in odd places like washrooms and school buses, hope you like 'em! Cheers!

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