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Ever since the devastating results of the use of chemical weapons in World War One, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set up a convention to prohibit chemical weapons. 100 out of the 106 countries on our planet have signed this convention. One of the six countries that has yet to sign this convention is Syria. Syria has been the recent target of chemical weapon controversy, after a sarin gas attack in Damascus on its own citizens on the morning of August 21st, 2013. “1,429 innocent citizens including 426 children” were killed in this attack (BBC News).
Another example is Syria, which has a history with major human rights violations, is going through a civil war. When governments like Syria which was formerly a unitary government takes control over people lives, the citizens of Syria demand some type of equality. In a realistic perspective, how does one person have control of another person’s life, when we are all humans? The Syrian government hasn’t been getting involved in any of the human violations issues with the mass murdering from the rebels. Other foreign countries like the United States, France, and Britain should get involved and attempt to stop the murdering and helped fix the problems or try to discuss a method to tame the rebels.
The situation in Syria is not only about the Syrian population now but has become a political arena for the International community. This war has had certain number of negative implications such as the tensions among the West with Russia and China. In a United Nations Security Council meet Russia and China vetoed against a western drafted draft that would allow for a military intervention in Syria if continued military action against protestors. A certain number of cases indicating the use of chemical weapons have been reported. Both the sides have accused each other for the attacks.
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This could be considered as the turning point of the Syrian civil war as it led to a violent armed rebellion. According to the United Nations, the death toll surpassed 100,000 in June 2013, and reached 120,000 by September 2013. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War#cite_note-UN-89) Western news media outlets have paid considerable attention to the civil war In Syria, but much of the coverage is simplistic and melodramatic. Too many Accounts portray the conflict as a Manichean struggle between the evil, brutal Regime of Bashar al-Assad and noble freedom fighters seeking to create a democratic Syria. The reality is far more complex and murky.
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