Andrew BachProfessor VelaEnglish 126April 29, 2018Civil Conflict Towards Peace in SyriaIn recent years, Syria has been dealing with many internal conflicts betweenthe current president in power, Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces known as the FreeSyrian Army. The current on going civil war taking place in Syria began in 2011,when a group of peaceful protestors voiced their opinions on the currentgovernment in power due to the capture and torturing of fifteen teenage boys forpainting revolutionary slogans on their school walls. Following the event, a pro-democracy protest took place within the southern city of Deraa (BBC).In responseto this protest, the Syrian security forces opened fire on protestors, resulting in anationwide protest. Ultimately this sparked a fire-fueled by many who feel unhappywith the current president in power, demanding for President Bashar al-Assad’sresignation. Violence began to sweep into cities killing hundreds and thousands, thegovernment’s use of force to eradicate demonstrators opposing Bashar al-Assad ledto many oppositions arming themselves for protection and to expel security forcesfrom their neighborhoods and local areas (BBC).President Bashar al-Assad was born on September 11, 1965, the second sonof then former president of Syria, Hafez al-Assad. Receding back into his early life,Assad had no interest in politics nor ever practiced politics. Assad had graduatedfrom the University of Damascus in 1988 practicing medicine (Biography). Assad’sBach 1
older brother Bassel al-Assad was chosen to become the next president of Syriafollowing their father’s death. However Bassel’s death came early as he was killed inan automobile accident in 1994, leading to Bashar becoming the next president ofSyria (Biography). On June 10, 2000, Hafez al-Assad passed, following his death,Bashar became president, in hopes of reforming the current state of Syria into amore modern 21stcentury state. The people of Syria had high hopes and believedBashar would reform Syria as a whole, ultimately creating peace, then leading toprosperity. Within a year into his presidency, Assad’s vision of a modern Syriadeteriorated, causing him to fall into his father’s footsteps of an authoritarian styleof ruling. This caused a massive outrage within Syria, conflicts and disagreementsbegan to arise; calling for Assad’s resignation. The United States of America hasattempted several draft resolutions in the UN Security Council calling for Assad’sresignation, unfortunately being vetoed by Russia as Russia has a permanentmembership stance in the UN Security Council (BBC). Perhaps it is not up to theUnited States to correct this war, but, Russia, China and Iran. As a proposed solutionwould be an agreement made between the three countries to cut ties with Assad,causing him to eventually resign.