The Syrian Uprising
Over the past couple of years we have certainly seen a drastic change in the Arab world dating back to December of 2010 in Tunisia as protestors forced ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country. This was the beginning of the Arab spring, which saw a revolutionary wave spread across many Arabic countries resulting in four leaders being forced from power in the countries of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. The sociological perspective on conflict states that the world is in a continual struggle and this is true as there is always going to be tension between two competing groups or multiple groups who don’t necessarily agree with a certain issue (Schaefer & Haaland, 2012). In most cases, especially in democratically stable countries, conflicts take the form of labor negotiations, gender relations and political debates. These issues are not violent and are necessary in order to make sure conflict does not escalate into violence. The uprising in Syria, which started in March of 2011, is a perfect example of a powerful regime that had the ability to control the people within that nation, and once that control was threatened drastic measures were taken. An oppressive state that refuses any type of reform to it’s policies needs to have control over the people an that is why the on-going massacre in this countries is still taken place, which has now claimed the lives of 6,000 people (Barzegar, 2012). Karl Marx states that change must be encouraged as a means of eliminating social injustice (Schaefer & Haaland, 2012), the only problem is that the Assad Regime refuses to accept any of these changes and is willing to kill to prevent further instability. The people of Syria need to accept the fact that in order to gain social justice and equality in an oppressive state violence is the only way of loosening the grip of al-Assad.
Around 12 months ago the people of Syria took the streets to take part in a peaceful protest against the...
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