A Revolution of Destruction

Explosions continue to thunder across the Syrian countryside. Recently, a trail of bombs was dropped across a rebel held town on the outskirts of Damascus—a high traffic area. This synchronized line of bombers carves lines of destruction into the landscape. As the fighters passed over the town, the bombs engulfed a nearby gas station in flames, took down ancient stone walls, and fell on civilian homes, killing 54 and wounding around 120 Syrians. According to one photographer, “Pools of blood and severed body parts were left behind on the streets.” Although a travesty, these attacks have been reported throughout the entire country and show signs of an increasingly desperate federal government. 

In the past two years, the death toll of Syrian Civil War has reached a whopping 20,000, with over 6,000 of that number being innocent civilians and non-violent protestors. Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria and the leader of the Syrian Army, is vastly objected and deprecated. Protests starting the 26th of January of 2012 have been demanding an alternate route for reform in the country of Syria. Mr. Assad has verbally promised reform, yet after almost two years nothing has changed for the better it has backfired plummeting towards violent conflict.

“It’s not about the West.” This powerful statement said by Moncef Marzouki, the Tunisian president, shows that the revolution happening in the Middle East, including Syria, has not been generated by The United States but has instead been an organic outgrowth of the will of the masses. This statement however may be wearing down as the war in Syria continues to become a greater issue. The Western world has indeed now turned on the Syrian government and has pledged support wish to send weapons and support to The Free Syrian Army. But now western powers are dealing with the logistical issues of insuring that their supplies are reaching the right fighters, and being used appropriately.

The explosions persist; tens of thousands of Syrian refugees seek shelter and safety in the neighboring country of Turkey. Over one hundred thousand refugees are now settled in over a dozen refugee camps along the border of the two tense countries. The safety of these people is by no means guaranteed by Turkey, which puts the camps in an even more precarious position. Turkey now has the incentive and is pushing Syria to establish a buffer zone to prevent further harm to innocent lives. However, recent rumors have stated that Syria has unofficially agreed to keep its troops six miles from the Turkish border, thereby effectively establishing a buffer zone, which would also prevent the flight of helicopters and accompanying fighter jets.

The chaos does not stop there, the Syrian Rebel Army claimed to have had three federal planes shot down in a 24-hour period. The inhabitants of neighboring villages came to the scene cheering, even taking pieces of the destroyed aircrafts back to their homes as remembrance. The key factor of this event was not the actions but the videos that the rebels subsequently posted onto the Internet displaying the unconscious and wounded pilots. By posting these videos, the rebels are helping to inspire and raise the moral of the oppressed Syrian people. It was meant to mobilize communities to rebel against the government, and president Bashar al-Assad.  This war truly symbolizes the immense impact of this highly destructive revolution.

— Alyssa Gerasimoff, Contributing Writer

Posted by on December 18, 2012. Filed under World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry