Its population is made up of diverse ethnic and religious groups that include, Arab Alawites, Arab Sunnis (majority), Arab Christians, Armenians, Assyrians, Druze, Kurds, and Turks.
The country has been embroiled in a civil war since March 2011, a conflict directly linked to the mass movement of revolutions and protests in the Arab world where people are demanding radical reform in the structure and system of their government.
However, the Bashar Assad led government has cracked down heavily against protestors through the use of its Army. This has led to the death of thousands of innocent people, millions of refugees in neighboring countries, the defection of some leading members of the army, formation of the fighting units referred to as the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Coalition, an alternative government in waiting.
Now, the Syrian government has been accused of using chemical weapons against its civilian population. This has invoked the wrath and a loud out cry from several world leaders including the United States.
Consequently, there are now plans afoot by a few countries, led by the U.S. to use military actions to punish the Syrian government.
So, what are the views of netizens regarding the conflict military action against the Assad’s regime?
The Readers Bureau netscanner reveals the following:
- The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is approaching
- We did not interfere in the civil war in Syria since it began. Assad kept our northern border calm since the cease-fire in 1973. Assad and just he have the control of the chemical weapons there. Kerry, the CIA, Israel, and the Europeans all got the evidence that Assad used his chemical weapons against his own people. It will not help Russia and Iran to lie because also the UN is now convinced with the facts
- I think it’s like Assad said – you’ve got a powder keg ready to explode over there, and I don’t want to be the match that ignites that
- We believe the Syrian opposition does not have the capacity to carry out an operation of such magnitude with chemical agents
- We cannot turn a blind eye to images like the ones we’ve seen out of Syria
- We in the United States know, and our French partners know that this is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter
By Davy Desmond, The Readers Bureau, Senior Fellow