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article imageOp-Ed: Syria's Descent into Despair

By Paul Iddon     Aug 31, 2012 in World
Watching the Syrian crisis since it began back in March 2011 has been, to say the least, depressing. Before our eyes a country has rapidly descended into chaos, destroying and gutting itself in the process.
Speculation over who will win the ongoing conflict in Syria makes one cringe with embarrassment, who will win? The war is lost, both sides have therefore lost, havoc has been wrecked across the country, from its economy down to the bare bones of its infrastructure.
Even if Assad is successfully ousted, or steps down -- and lets a coalition government or something like that form -- any successive regime will need to utilize all state resources to merely impose a semblance of order across the war ravaged land. The sectarian elements of the conflict have already deteriorated to the level of communal sectarian hatred that have plagued neighbouring Lebanon and Northern Ireland in the past.
The Syrian state is divided, the familiar traits of this civil war are bombardments of civilian areas, the daily killings of scores of civilians, sectarian murders, hundreds of thousands of refugees, terrorist bombings and international condemnation. It truly is a sorry state of affairs, and watching all of these factors combine and culminate in the sheer and utter mess that is the Syrian state today is something that instils a deep depression within oneself.
A depression formulated by the combination of factors I outlined above, families who are missing loved ones, are away from home, have had their lives turned upside down, quite possibly forever. And other people, trying to cling onto some semblance of order, are caught in the middle of the vicious fighting, well to-do people whose neighbourhoods have been -- literally overnight -- turned into no-mans-land are suffering the brunt of the destructive army bombardments as well as the destructive -- and sometimes terrorist in nature -- insurgent methods of these rebel forces.
The helplessness and indecisiveness of the international community on top of all of this solidifies ones depression. One doubts military intervention will work in alleviating the suffering, and one fears that it will actually worsen it to the point that will drive the nations people over the edge.
Realizing this; one alternatively advocates humanitarian intervention, and one quickly realizes that the intense fighting has made it virtually impossible for the gallant men and women of aid organizations like the Red Cross to help those innocent civilians. This realization makes one feel helpless, one also feels that getting used to hearing about the now regular occurrence of about 100 people killed in the war everyday would be a sign that one has lost a large part of ones humanity, one feels desensitized and in a sense indifferent to the ongoing suffering of others. And being desensitized and largely indifferent is in a sense morally repugnant. Yet being indignant, when one knows that there is next to nothing one can do to influence events on the ground over there, is futile, as well as highly depressing.
We citizens of the world should use our energy, our vast access to information to educate ourselves about Syria and the ongoing crisis there, nurture a more educated debate on how and in what manner we should act to try and influence events on the ground there.
An educated debate and a sober outlook is essential in my humble point of view, a great deal of historical precedence and a deep understanding of the motives and plights of minorities, religious sects and ethnicity's involved in this conflict needs to be garnered and comprehended, then we can get closer to helping to solve this complex and convoluted situation in a manner that won't act to further destroy the Syrian nation and her inhabitants.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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