1 RUNNING HEAD: WRD-104: ISSUE PAPER Issue Paper: “Staring Down on Syria” by Bret Stephens Fayadh Kabir DePaul University
2 WRD-104: ISSUE PAPER The condition of the Syria’s political unrest in the Middle East remains in high tensions, and there seems to be not a single solution to the problem. The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing civil war fought by two main parties, with the objective of gaining or maintaining governmental leadership in the nation. The current government in power, led by President Bashar Al-Assad, struggles to maintain control of the nation as rebel forces remain determined to overthrow the current regime. The writer of this article, Bret Stephens, writes on his own experience visiting Syria and allowing himself to see the effects of this war himself. He furthermore elaborates on the different factors that have affected the course of the war, and possible solutions from here on out. The Syrian Civil War first broke out due to the evolving political movement known as the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring is an ongoing wave of revolutions, both violent and non-violent, against governments across the Middle East and North Africa that erupted at the beginning of 2010. Countries, such as Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and others have uprooted long-standing leaders riddled with corruption allegations and disapproval from their citizens. Political unrest in Syria began in March 2011, with thousands marching in the city center of Damascus, the capital. Chants and signs condemning the Assad regime and calling for him to step down. Protesters were met with violence, as police opened fire on the crowds. By the end of April, the death toll reached up to over a thousand civilians. Multiple militias with different political objectives joined forces and began resisting against the police, sparking an armed conflict.
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