Terrorism at its extreme: The Syrian Civil War and its consequences

ISIL was a product of the genocide in Syria. The genocide in Syria was ISIL’s greatest gift and ISIL was somewhat president Assad’s greatest gift.

-Al Jazeera

Has anyone ever imagined that one day we will open a newspaper and with every turn, with every page, the newspaper will be filled with bloodshed and the cries of the innocent.

No, right?

However, this is the current scenario of the world. This earth is unable to breathe beneath the stifling rivers of blood.

A Syrian refugee was once stated saying-

The world is estimated to have a population of 7 billion, out of which 1 billion are dying in the war crises that have emerged all over the world, and the remaining 6 billion people are doing nothing to rescue the victims.

Just like he says, what do we really do? Just spread ‘awareness’ on social media platforms.

After 28 February 1991, the Persian Gulf war ended with Operation Desert Shield and the USA claimed that everything was peaceful. But then, the Iraq war started, the ceasefire began in 2003, and ended in 2011 with the eviction of Saddam Hussein.

We thought the war was over.

However, it has now been almost seven years since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011.

Let’s first understand the background of the Civil War:

Around 2011, a protest called the Arab Spring commenced against the dictator-monarchical rule (established by the United States) in Tunisia, and slowly spread across the other middle eastern countries, including Syria. But the president, Bashar al-Assad, did not leave his office, which led to a Civil War within its country, where the Syrian government used violence to suppress demonstrations, making extensive use of police, military, and paramilitary forces.

Levant, which includes Syria, at that time was such a disparity that ISIL (Islamic States of Iraq and Levant), a small terrorist group set up in Iraq, easily spread its control over Syria, and established Islam as the only religion. As their influence spread across the region, a rapid decline in the human rights of the residents across the region was seen.

Lebanon, during this period, gave rise to Hezbollah – another radical rebel group.

Now the current scenario:

While reading and listening to so many Syrian refugees, I  wiped tears of horror to see such devastating repercussions, and it was, even more, heart breaking to see that over 24,000 sufferers of this activity are children.

In March 2017, fighting in and around Damascus had intensified after surprise attacks by rebel fighters in the northeastern parts of the city. The United Nations said fighting around Syria’s capital has cut off more than 300,000 people from humanitarian assistance and pauses in the conflict are needed to allow aid convoys to get to the area.

In addition to Aleppo, the Syrian government currently controls the capital, Damascus, parts of southern Syria and Deir-es-Zor, much of the area near the Syrian-Lebanese border, and the northwestern coastal region. The rest of the country in currently controlled byRebel groups, ISIL, and Kurdish forces.

Many external actions have been taken by a few countries like Canada and others, such as opening their gates for Syrian refugees. Countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey have accepted many refugees, and some European nations and the United States have promised to do the same. However, due to reasons including national security and what they believe to be negative effects caused by the arrival of Syrian refugees in their country, they haven’t taken any action for the refugees yet.

Now, while, some of the asylum seekers are camped on the borders (malfunctioned camps set up by UNHRC as nobody was ready for such a massive genocide), some refugees had also drowned on their way to reach Europe, for which no action has been taken yet.

The P5 countries, especially the USA, who took a pledge to eradicate terrorism, haven’t taken any major decisions so far.

Meanwhile, the current scenario is getting worse day by day. It is better to curb it as soon as possible or its roots will penetrate deep into the future of our world.

Here is an account of what a child went through that made him a refugee:

When I was in second grade, our school got attacked by a bomb. It was a barrel full of explosions. We were just opening our books to start the class, and it’s hard to describe the sound, but it was like a building coming apart.

I ran to the other class to find my brother, and he was crying because of the sound. Our bus left, so we didn’t know what to do. But my brother is so smart. He ran to the market and called our grandma.

I was at home when the telephone rang. It was my mother. She told me that there had been a bomb at the boys’ school. I immediately tried to call the school, but nobody answered. Then I tried to call the bus driver but he didn’t answer either. I imagined the worst. The roads were closed, so I couldn’t get to the school.

All I could do was pace around the house. Finally the bus driver answered the phone and said that everyone was alive. The bomb had landed on the playground and only destroyed one wall of the school. After several hours the roads were reopened, and they came back home. When I hugged them, it felt like the whole world was in my hands.

We are going to a place called Clearwater, Florida. I don’t know a lot about it. I saw Florida on the television and it looks like it’s close to the sea and has a lot of plants. My dad says the people are friendly and there are a lot of friendly kids there.

I really hope that we can have a small farm and a horse when we get there because my grandmother really loves animals. I’d like it to be a square farm with lots of flowers and rabbits. I also hope there is a good tree in Florida because I’d like to build a tree house where we can have some adventures.

Like him, there have been countless other young innocent minds who’ve become victims of these atrocities.

As a person concerned about the world, I would ask everyone reading this to become more proactive in dealing with the sensitive global issues.

We need to urge ourselves to be more courageous, to be more peaceful and to be more diplomatic.

Only then can we possibly hope for a better tomorrow.





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