Syria and ts people have had a tumultuous year. As the Arab Spring moved through some Middle Eastern countries Syria experienced protests on its streets, This was not for the first time. However severe reporting restrictions in Syria have left the West with sketchy reports of what is going on.
In spite of President Assad's claims that all is well in Syria and the uprising is simply a handful of rabble rousers the numbers do not add up. Many people have died in Syria this year and at times it seemed as if the West's preoccupation with Libya meant that Syria was ignored.
It has demanded that Syria cease killing its people.Today, November 12, 2011, Syria has been suspended from the Arab League. This leaves the country out on a limb as far as its middle eastern neighbours goes.
The Arab League is made up of 22 nations. It has demanded that Syria cease killing its people. The suspension will begin on Wednesday November 16. It was passed by a vote with 18 nations showing support for such measures. It was no surprise that the troubled Yemen and Lebanon joined Syria in opposing the vote. Iraq took an easier option and abstained.
The Arab League admitted that it had taken time to come to this decision but gave valid reasons for this. They included a need for a majority vote and concerns for the people of Syria. If the situation continues on its downward spiral it will no doubt mean more unrest and conflict in the middle east.
It has become increasingly clear that President Bashir al Assad has no intention of being honest. Early in November he agreed to a withdrawal of troops and implement a peace initiative involving negotiations. He has broken all such agreements. The latest reports claim that at least 250 more Syrians have died since that time.
The Arab League hope to hold dialogue with those opposing Assad. Now that the Arab League is suspending Syria's membership many believe that UN action will follow.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog