*How on earth can people disagree with arming the Syrian Rebels?
Where in this great battle for the ‘right to the freedom of expression,’ and for the people of Syria to choose the course of their lives… where are ‘consciences,’ and the rightful sense of indignant injustice we should be feeling for the Syrian People’s plight?
Where are… our consciences?
One of the near countless incidents, which sparked this war… was in fact a group of children who were caught by the Regime: scrawling anti-Assad messages on a wall, and were consequently captured and tortured - by having their fingernails pulled out!
This is not a group of terrorists trying to overthrow a respectable fair minded State, a representative of democracy in any sense; these are people fighting for their very existence, the right to govern themselves, and actually determine their own lives!
The Syrian Regime, is committing genocide, murder, rape, torture, and imprisonment of ‘any’ and all of its opponents; what more atrocities does this cruel despotic Government have to indulge in exactly, for we - the ‘West…’ to finally get some backbone and feel we must rightly intervene?
Those people in the West who lazily label the Syrian people as terrorists - who are instead fighting for their lives and freedom; these people in the West who adopt the attitude of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” conveniently forget the Syrian people did attempt a “peaceful” uprising, but were shot and bombed, and ‘worse’ for their brave stance against a dictatorship, which is intent on stamping out the merest sign of dissent! They, the ‘people of Syria…’ as a result were left with little alternative - than to bear arms.
Not forgetting, when many members of the Syrian army, who ‘stoically’ refused to fight or carry out atrocities – in the name of Assad, and were usually consequently summarily shot on the spot! Other brave individuals - deserted, taking up the cause, and forming the courageous ranks of forces – such as the Free Syrian Army!
On Wednesday hundreds were reported dead in an alleged gas attack A Call to Action… by the Assad Regime on the suburbs of Damascus! This comes on top of a prior reported incident, only a short while ago… yet another reported massacre of men, women, and ‘children.’
In this conflict and these people’s brave and stoic fight for liberty against overwhelming odds… this term has almost become a Cliché, which is an atrocious indictment of the world’s crass indifference, and lack of meaningful action taken - in resolving this conflict.
If the Assad Regime were to achieve victory, and I ‘do’ believe the human spirit will triumph, and this despotic dictatorship will be overthrown! Nevertheless, consider for just a moment please… the consequences of the Assad Regime succeeding? This regime is supported by without doubt – those with real terrorist links: Hezbollah, and Iran just to mention a few! Also Russia… yet another Government, which murders, tortures and imprisons its opponents… has military installations situated in Syria and therefore is actively supporting the Asad Regime.
What is more… the fledging democracies of both Iraq, and Afghanistan have come under renewed threat recently, by internal struggles, and external pressures - including Iran, which attempts to subvert both of these countries, because in reality ‘many’ in the Iranian Regime, do not wish to have a democracy for their own people, and see such as these… emerging democracies as a genuine threat to their own repressive regimes; and what is more… they absolutely are! They shine the light of hope for people, who wish to see a better future for not just the select few, but all!
Yes, both Iraq and Afghanistan are admittedly endeavouring to evolve into mature democracies… in fact in many respects, have recently come under pressure like never before, and deserve our sincere and continued support. Nevertheless, they also have acted like a beacon of hope in the Middle East for the Arab uprising, and those who protested in Iran after the ‘largely believed’ 2009… flawed election.
Please do not underestimate how much is at stake here; the Free Syrian Army, are not just fighting for their people’s freedom, but also actually – in reality, the stability and the huge potential for a balanced, fair and open democracy - in the region of the troubled Middle East, and therefore of course, the future prosperity, and progress, of in fact - our own society, if not the world!
Ultimately we face a stark contrast, if Assad were allowed to succeed, and this is what the fundamental question really boils down to… because we have more than the necessary capability to end this conflict – if we applied the will, and therefore the force of arms… potentially within a matter of just a few weeks this conflict could be over; leaving the Syrian People free to choose the course of their ‘own’ lives, which is a fundamental human right! We must neither forget that - Hezbollah, who have now been classed as a terrorist organisation by Europe… that they alongside others are supporting the Assad forces, but if this barbaric regime - were to succeed, the ramifications for the people of Syria, and in fact the world… would be nothing short of a - catastrophe.
This is not to speak of the fact… that AL Qaeda has also become increasingly involved seeking to spread their influence throughout the world. AL Qaeda… were reportedly to have recently captured and tortured a little girl… to death, due to the simple fact… her family happened to be of the wrong religious grouping!
# Alternatively, if the Free Syrian Forces were to overthrow their oppressors… then this would be another significant turning point, perhaps even a tipping… point for democracy - in not only the Middle East, but for ‘mankind’ throughout the planet.
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