When the flames of hatred and bigotry are hogging over humanity, it is difficult to douse those flames. If those conflagrations are blazing on another land, then everyone try to accentuate the conflict instead of resolving the issue.
Arab Spring started in the Middle East in 2010 against the dictatorial regimes; it initially toppled the government in Libya, the Muslim Brotherhood came into power in Egypt (later it was dismissed in a coup d’état), and protests erupted in Syria to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but the apple card was turned and he remained in power when the mighty power, Russia, plunged into the war and braced the Assad regime.
Syria’s strategic position has engendered the war to continue since 2011 for the vested interests of international powers. Iran, Russia, Hezbollah-rivals to the United States-are supporting the Assad to remain in power; whereas Saudi Arabia and the U.S. chanted the slogans that ‘Assad must go’.
During that unrest, Jihadi group-like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – hold its ground in Syria against the Assad regime. That notorious group was also given a safe passage to leave Raqqa by the U.S. and its allies.
The U.S. is supporting the anti-Assad forces, but it couldn’t be successful in its policy of ‘regime change’. The dilemma is that The U.S. didn’t want a strong and indomitable government in the Middle East, but it also does not have any policy for Middle East since the last two decades.
In a recent conflict in Idlib, a northern province of Syria, anti-Assad forces have their stronghold. Russia and Iran and Syria wanted to clear the territory by force. Turkey has closed its border with the fear that the influx of Syrian exodus would be a disastrous for its faltering economy (it is already more than three million refugees).Turkey wanted to resolve the issue through negotiation.
The United Nation had warned of ‘worst humanitarian disaster’ if the war had happened. It would be one of the bloodiest conflicts since the 2011 when the rebellions ushered the country to a path of insurgency.
When Iraq was destroyed in 2003 over propaganda news, the U.S. pledged to reconstruct the country after it was deconstructed. But it couldn’t do so and the country became a hub of the obnoxious terrorist group like the ISIS. Can Russia be able to construct Syria after huge annihilation?
The strong Syrian government is also a threat to Israel. A majority Sunni population country ruled by minority Alawite has a bastion of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah. But the question is that these international players can be able to sustain peace in Syria when all of these are antagonists to America and pose a threat to Israel?
When a foreign country tried to intervene on someone else land, it could have resulted a disastrous blowback. Iraq was destroyed by force but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) erupted from the demolished country after war. Now in Afghanistan, the Taliban have a stronghold than ever before when they were dethroned in 2001 by the U.S.
Chemical weapons have been used against its people by international powers to show an affinity for the Syrian people. Either the Syrian people could see peace in their own land after massive airstrike in Adlib-the last bastion of anti-regime forces-or the road to peace would lead to the road to hell. The retort is still vague, equivocal and inexplicit.