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article imageOp-Ed: Don't Forget Syria

By Gibril Koroma     Nov 20, 2012 in Politics
With the ferocious exchanges between the Israeli armed forces and Hamas in Gaza, the equally murderous civil war in Syria seems to have been shifted backstage.
I don't think that kind of situation (ignoring Syria) should be allowed to develop by world leaders and everybody concerned about peace and stability around the world. Defenseless civilians, especially women and children, are being killed in Syria, Israel and the Gaza strip and I submit that we (media practitioners) have to make sure the focus remains on all these places although the Gaza story seems to be very hot right now.
Not forgetting Syria would contribute to a resolution of that conflict which, to me, seems to have serious political, religious and ethnic undertones. President Assad belongs to a different brand of Islam and a different ethnicity (a minority) from those of his opponents who want to wrest power from him and get a chance to rule Syria themselves.
There are also the Russian and Iran angles. Russia is involved in the Syrian conflict not only because of their business interests but also for geo-political and strategic interests. They fear American influence in the region which they feel can zoom to higher heights if Assad falls.
As for Iran, they know they will be next if Assad is eliminated, so they will do everything possible to keep him or his surrogate in power.
And of course there is the lack of unity among the forces fighting against Assad.
All these factors make the Syrian conflict very complex, but as the common saying goes, where there is a will there is way. And to help find the way, the Syrian conflict should never be forgotten.
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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