Bashir al-Assad took over the leadership of Syria July 15th 2000, just after the death of his father who ruled the nation for 30yrs.One would expect a medical school graduate of the University of Damascus to bring smiles to the faces of the Syrian people, to raise their hopes for a better and brighter future, maybe that’s not the case at the moment. Recent happenings in Syria also brings to bear the age long question as to why political leaders around the globe who seemingly behave to be socially inclined at the onset of their rule, behave so inhumane as regards their policy decisions and also the welfare of the people in the long run .It has been reported that a peep into al-Assad’s instagram page would indicate one greeting his supporters, one giving comfort to the sick.one who is tune with the harmony of the heartbeat of his people, Not the ‘’Luciferic’’ image he has managed to acquire over the past few years. Having said that, you might want to wonder how such a man would totally disengage himself from all forms of empathy as regards the cry, suffering and killing of his people, well highlighted in the present Syrian civil war.
The Syrian civil war which started as an uprising against corruption and a need for change in February 2011,is reported to account for more than 100,000 deaths, including children, but it baffles me that despite all the killings and maiming, all al-Assad can see is the fact that conspirators are trying to form an unrest in the nation. In his words ‘’We don’t kill our people, no government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person’’, I want to believe he is definitely not referring to himself. It is also believed the al-Assad family do belong to a minority part of the nation, which accounts for just ¼ of the entire population, and with his family members occupying major positions in the nation, we can definitely not rule out the effect of sect differences in the ongoing civil war, a little like the case of the ‘’Hutu’’ and ‘’Tutsi’’ during the Rwandan civil war.
Midnight Aug 21st, the people of Syria, slept in their different homes, not knowing what next as regards the progress of their nation, sleeping with the hopes that there was a better tomorrow. I guess their hopes were dashed quite early when a blanket of suffocating gas was released, leading to the death of about 1500 civilians and also about 426 children. The pictures and videos being shown around are quite gory and terrible I must say. This singular action by the Syrian government has invoked the wrath of many across the world and I must say here that theirs is an obvious cry of urgency to look critically at the intricate issues involved in handling this massacre.
One thing is obvious; the use of chemical weapons is surely a breach and an utter disrespect for international peace. Therefore the world cannot afford to turn blind eyes to all of al-Assad’s actions, as it would lead to further proliferation in the use of other forms of weapons maybe it’s going to be nuclear the next time, nobody knows.
Another side to this is the fact that
taking appropriate actions as it were also bears along a lot of unintended consequences. Past interventions in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan have not yielded the best results possible. The most begging question is the complexity of the Syrian war itself, if weapon assistance is to be given to the opposition, what would be the degree of accuracy that these weapons would get to the appropriate channels and not elements of the trigger happy Jihadist movement of al-Qaeda. Can we also guarantee the fact that any military action would not affect the civilians whom the action is meant to protect.
Would China and Russia allow economic and political considerations prevail over the blatant abuse of human right and dignity, would they pretend not to see the heart breaking pictures and videos of the poor children that lost their lives in this unfortunate event. Would a military action just simply be an avenue for the American government to infiltrate the Syrian nation, an action they have long delayed over the years.
Therefore while violence in itself has never been the solution to violence, it’s time for all leaders around the world to summon the political will to address the Syrian crisis, it should not be left to an ‘’Obama decision’’ as it were.it should be a decision for the world, from Indonesia to brazil, from Australia to Nigeria, they must all lend their voice to this critical case. Despite the unavoidable military action which would serve as only a temporary solution to a larger discuss. We must always heed to a great warning by Albert Einstein that ‘’Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding’’