What the civil war in Syria has exposed is that the massive political and social transformation,
and real regime change under way is led by people themselves. US military involvement
serves only to escalate the destruction.
The final balance of the
war has not yet tipped against the regime and, if and when it does, no
‘red-line’ will stop Assad from using chemical weapons on a scale that would make Halabja look like a small incident. Will Obama prevent another tragedy?
Israel's recent 'update' on military investigations into civilian deaths in Gaza last November is an affirmation of its deficient institutional and legal practice,
with the result of continued impunity for its military and political officials.
A comprehensive understanding of how, why and when
opposition groups in civil war engage in civilian governance must have
important policy implications for outsiders engaging or toying with engaging in
What is missing is any serious discussion about the plight
of the Syrian people. If it turns out that a red line has been crossed, then
any intervention will be a geo-political intervention against the Assad regime.
The likely response is to arm the rebels rather than to intervene to protect
With the growing Syrian refugee crisis, media entrepreneurs seem to care more about protecting the
orthodox morality of humanitarianism, with the excuse of preserving social
order - as conceived by them - rather than educating the public.
the government and security institutions of Egypt and Tunisia have remained
intact, necessity being the mother of invention, a new form of governance has
emerged in Syria. This in itself is worth celebrating and supporting.
uprising, Erdoğan and Davutoğlu tried to turn Damascus and Aleppo into safe
market havens. Perhaps Turkey still expects eventually to have the lion's share
in a future reconstructed Syria, but the ruling AKP party may pay a high price
for its regional policies.
The only Arab country where
protests started from rural areas might find itself facing an internationally
funded reconstruction which will award money to urban centres, thus abandoning the
very roots of the current crisis. The only solution is to build economic
awareness. Starting from now.
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