Saturday, August 24, 2013

I Believe Ending the Syrian Civil War is Still Possible and Achievable.

The Syrian civil war has reached the critical point from different angles. Nearly 2 million people have fled the country to neighboring countries such as Lebanon  Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and some other North African countries. The large number of the Syrian refugees in these countries, which some of them do not have proper political stability, would create extra conflicts in the near future, based on many reasons. The increase in the number of armed conflicts in Lebanon and Iraq in the recent months could be understood in this respect. From this, we can deduce that the consequences of the Syrian civil war would spread to other parts of the Middle East, if we would not find a fundamental solution for this conflict as soon as possible.  

So far, more than 100,000 people have lost their lives during the past two years. In addition to the large number of casualties, one of the actors in this conflict (whether is Asad`s regime, or a faction within the Syrian opposition or a Jihadist group) has begun to use a type of Weapon of  Mass Destruction i.e. Chemical weapons against its opponent. This is the crime against humanity and the international community should not easily ignore it. If the international community would not response to this horrific act in an appropriate and fundamental manner, the use of such illegal weapons would become an ordinary trend in some other parts of the world in the near future. 

Based on this brief explanation, i believe this is the time that we have to find a serious and fundamental solution for the Syrian civil war. Briefly, we can end this destructive conflict through a good roadmap, solid and extensive cooperation and coordination between different actors, who are directly or indirectly involved in this conflict. These are the important and fundamental matters, which we have not addressed them in an appropriate manner in the past two years. Otherwise, we would have solved this conflict long time ago. In fact, part of the reason that a group consists of the whole world with enormous capability from different aspects has not been able to defeat a group of Russia, Iran and Asad`s regime in this bloody conflict, lies in this matter. Moreover,  as long as we have not designed and built a good roadmap along with solid and extensive cooperation and coordination between different actors involved in this conflict, some options such as humanitarian intervention, no-fly-zone or arming the rebels would not function appropriately and effectively. 

In sum, as i evaluate the Syrian civil war from different angles, i believe we can end this conflict beyond the will, power and authority of those external actors, who are supporting Asad`s regime. Based on my knowledge and evaluation, i believe this goal is achievable. 

M. Sirani                          24.08.2013