Syria has been in tatters for some time. You can call it an ongoing revolution or civil war but it is not clear if the majority of Syrians want change. Usually in a civil war or revolution a large part of the population are up in arms. With tight reporting restrictions in operation in Syria there is much speculation and little hard news. When news is released it tends to be by either the Assad regime or the rebels, meaning that in both cases it is biased.
When the governing body of a country is a non elected regime common sense tells you that all will not be well. Western democracy may be flawed but it is infinitely better than an imposed governing body.
Western leaders have procrastinated about Syria. It is in a different league to Libya, where the West were quick to intercede. It still has some strong allies around the world. The allegations of brutality and torture by the regime are no different to those that came out of Gaddafi's Libya but the West has held back. That could be about to change.
Many believe that the West has been looking for an excuse to become involved in Syria. It is probable that we, the West, have been taking part in covert operations already. What has allegedly changed is the location of chemical weapons in Syria. Assad has maintained all along that he would not use such weapons on his own people but that does not mean he would not use them should outside forces attempt to interfere in Syria.
Chemical weapons come under the umbrella of WMD, or weapons of mass destruction. Yes that old chestnut.
The CWC or chemical weapons convention "aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties. States Parties, in turn, must take the steps necessary to enforce that prohibition in respect of persons (natural or legal) within their jurisdiction" You can read more here.
Syria is not signed up to this.
The latest news regarding Syria's WMD is that the US and the UK are considering some form of military intervention or action due to the threat of chmical weapons. According to the Times Israel has now started a "secret war" to locate the Syrian weapons stash. Hardly secret if it is in the mainstream news but that could be a decoy?
Israel has embarked on a "secret war" to track down Syria's chemical and biological weapons, the Sunday Times has reported. As part of the operation, said the Times, Israel has deployed spotters across the border to monitor the movement of Syria's non-conventional arms cache.
Syria will have to be sorted out one way or another. It should be the people of Syria who do that but what if they are uable to do so? They will not be the only nation livig under an oppressive regime but we ignore others. Should the West be looking at becoming embroiled in yet more conflict? In truth do we not more often do more harm than good when we step in?
Currently the Middle Eastern region is set to implode or explode. Factions with their own vested interests be it the US, UK, Israel, Iran, Syria or whoever are all having their two penneth .In the middle are ordinary people who are hurting badly. Some countries are warmongering whilst all it seems are hypocrites. Countries may have signed up to this or that agreement or convention but they still continue to ammass their own weapons. If the proverbial were to hit the fan all would use them.
UK PM Tony Blair and US President George W Bush took both countries to war after citing WMD in the past. Now there are many calls to hold Blair at least accoutable for this action.
Surely lessons have been learned and we will ensure we have the facts before more conflict? The reply could be "in your dreams"
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Originally published December 9, 2012