The Syrian Uprising
President John F. Kennedy once said in a speech that “Those who make peaceful protest impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Nowhere is this more applicable than in the recent Syrian uprising, as what began as a people’s movement to bring a more democratically inclined government to Syria has escalated into a full scale violent uprising against the dictatorial government of President Bashar Al-Assad. This insurrection has placed Syria at the head of a growing regional movement called the ‘Arab Spring’ which is calling for more freedom and modernization of government throughout the Arab states. With no end to the violence in sight, foreign intervention becomes more and more likely.
One recent developing story from Syria is the assassination of Kurdish politician Meshaal Tammo by forces rumored to be loyal to current President Assad (Al Jazeera, Kurdish Activist Among Latest Killed in Syria, 11/2/11). The death of Mr. Tammo has caused an outcry from Kurds throughout the region, and has once again brought international attention to the grievances of a people who have been treated as second class citizens in almost every country in which they have settled. Kurdish people throughout Syria have taken to the streets documenting the violence against the protestors and posting daily updates on Youtube of the country’s continuing anti-government demonstration (The Economist, Syria’s Uprising: A Downward Spiral, 11/2/11). The news caused outrage in more than just the Kurdish community as it’s becoming clear to Syrians that peaceful opposition will be met with force from the government. The murder of a known and respected politician is sure to send shockwaves through the rest of the world, and shows just how unresolved this Syrian civil conflict still is.
Reports of bullets fired into crowds of protestors and tanks patrolling the streets quickly escalated the...