The Conflict Between Assad and The Rebels in Syria

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Introduction There have been many conflicts throughout the world. When people think of conflicts, the primary reaction is negative. However, conflict could possibly be a good thing since change could possibly occur. Without conflict, everything would remain hegemonious and the status quo would remain. The conflicts that occur throughout the world can be two countries fighting each other, or countries that are fighting within. One major example is Syria, and their civil war that is going on between Assad dynasty and the rebels. Prelude The conflict that is taking place now is the Civil War that is going on in Syria. One of the events that led to the war was a previous war that took place prior to that. In 1976, “the last round of the civil war began after the regime of Hafez-al-Assad intervened in the Lebanon War” (Robinson, 331). The intervention had international support, but it came with controversy at home. Syrian forces had to come to the aid of Christians in Lebanon of who they were on the “verge of defeat at the hands of Muslim forces”. “This was seen by pious Sunni Muslims in Syria as proof positive of the heretical nature of the Assad regime” (Robinson, 331). Assassinations would later occur and almost collapsed the Assad government. However, that civil war resolved when Assad collaborated with the Sunni on launching an “assault on Hama,” which was the power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. The first civil war ended, but that was only the beginning since another civil war reemerged and occurs to the present day. Triggering Event The current civil war started when “regime thugs brutalized boys who were writing anti-regime graffiti on walls in Dara’a” (Robinson, 333). This was an example of the control using the tacti... ... middle of paper ... ...p://bigstory.ap.org/article/syrian-opposition-splintered-ahead-peace-talks Pace, J., & Landis, J. (2006). The Syrian Opposition. The Washington Quarterly, 45-68. Robinson, G. E. (2012, December). Syria's Long Civil War. Current History, 331-336. Solomon, E. (2013, December 2). Syria death toll hits nearly 126,000: monitoring group. Retrieved from Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/02/us-syria-crisis-toll-idUSBRE9B10ES20131202?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637 Talmon, S. (2013). Recognition of Opposition Groups as the Legitimate Representative of a People. Oxford University Press, 219-253. Zisser, E. (2004, June). Bashar al-Asad and his Regime- Between Continuity and Change. Orient, 239-256. Retrieved from http://www.ou.edu/mideast/Additional%20pages%20-%20non-catagory/Zisser_al-Asad_and_his_Regime_2004.htm
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