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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 04/11/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) THE EQUATION of Assad versus the rest is getting horrific in Syria.

Reports of mass cold-blooded murders and destruction have rendered the possibility of attaining a negotiated settlement almost impossible. The situation is getting more compounded with the leakage of amateur videos showing rebels massacring Syrian security forces, and the momentum with which they are mobilising resources to take over sensitive government installations. The sporadic fighting near the Taftanaz base goes on to suggest that the strife-torn country is in a state of complete civil war, and there is little that could motivate the warring factions to return from the brink.

Terming it as a war among rival factions would be an understatement on Syria. It, however, can't be ignored anymore. At least, 36,000 people have been killed since the uprising began against President Bashar Al Assad's regime, and the world community, despite its all-possible endeavours, hasn't been successful in brokering a thaw. It seems options are running out, as this war is gradually becoming a proxy for major world powers.
The stance adopted by Russia and China reflects that proposition, wherein they are uninterested in seeing Assad's exit. Similarly, the failure of the West to persuade the United States for a military intervention has just stopped short of creating the required pressure to generate the rhythm for peace. The United Nations and the West who had been apt in addressing human rights violations should also look into the trend of barbarism that is setting in Syria. Two wrongs cannot make a right, so is the case with rebels going on an onslaught against the Syrian forces.

This vicious circle of violence begetting more violence has to come to an end. The rebels and the opposition forces should view beyond exigency and look out for a political solution. This tooth for a tooth policy will only aggravate the situation.


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