a report on syria. text appropriated from nytimes article. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/syria/index.html
over 40,000 killed in civil war that began in 2011. this is the history your children will be reading about. what were you doing when it was being made?
were you sleeping or were you awake?
The wave of Arab unrest that began with the Tunisian revolution reached Syria on March 15, 2011, when residents of a small southern city took to the streets to protest the torture of students who had put up anti-government graffiti. The government responded with heavy-handed force, and demonstrations quickly spread across much of the country.
“rebels” soon formed:
President Bashar al-Assad,a British-trained doctor who inherited Syria’s harsh dictatorship from his father, Hafez al-Assad, at first wavered between force and hints of reform. But in April 2011, just days after lifting the country’s decades-old state of emergency, he set off the first of what became a series of withering crackdowns, sending tanks into restive cities as security forces opened fire on demonstrators. In retrospect, the attacks appeared calculated to turn peaceful protests violent, to justify an escalation of force.
One of the biggest obstacles to increasing Western support for the rebellion is the fear that money and arms could flow to a jihadi group that could further destabilize Syria and harm Western interests. The Nusra Front, the lone Syrian rebel group with a stamp of approval from Al Qaeda, has become one of the uprising’s most effective fighting forces, posing a stark challenge to the United States and other countries that want to support the rebels but not Islamic extremists.
More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have died and tens of thousands of others have been arrested. More than 400,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, with tens of thousands not registered. In addition, about 2.5 million Syrians need aid inside the country, with more than 1.2 million displaced domestically, according to the United Nations.
what will happen next? world governments and corruption, internal conflicts, protests and demonstrations, much violence no progress. prayers of peace for the middle east, with palestine a state do people control their fate? in syria we wait for the storm to break. written in the last days