Action Against Syria

The conflict in Syria is reaching all new heights and for the first time the United States is considering military action along with other members of the international community. In 20 months over 40,000 people have been killed and not much has been done by international forces. This is probably due to the fact that Syria has a secular government, in other words anti Islamic extremism.  However, recent developments have prompted action.

The first big development was the shutting down of the internet. Since the shutdown of the internet, rebel groups have been using satellite phones for communication to the outside world. In a ploy to cut down its people the Syrian government has tried to eliminate the use of democratized media, the key to the success of the Arab springs. The government has released statements blaming terrorist but they have been known to cut areas off from internet action before.


Another, and bigger development, has been evidence of chemical weapons. Intelligence agencies in the Czech Republic have noted that the government is starting to prep the use of chemical weapons. Many American officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have expressed their disapproval, “This is a red line for the United States… I am not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice it to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur.”

It would make sense for the government to cut off internet sources so it could get away with such activities. Many international correspondents are looking to leave the country now that internet has been cut off. It could be harder and harder for the outside world to know whats going on in there. But if such attacks were to occur it would surely get out and the United States, for better or for worse, might end up involving itself in another war. Image


Imran Chandoo


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