Syria Update

Al Jazeera reports increasing western involvement in the Syrian uprising.

An international coalition including the United States, the United Kingdom and several Arab states, has pledged to send millions of dollars in aid and equipment to Syria’s opposition groups, signalling a deeper international involvement in the conflict there.

Meanwhile, Sarah Mousa provides valuable background on the Assad regime and the beginnings of the revolt.

Together, the stories of Salma, Marwa and Mohamed suggested some of the reasons that the revolution in Syria is a longer process than elsewhere in the region. Not only was the fear barrier higher, due to the brutality of the regime, a systematic fragmentation of the country and atmosphere of distrust forged over the past four decades had first to be undone. The persistence of demonstrations in Daraa, a city relatively untouched by the divisive mechanisms of the Assad clan, is indicative of the type of societal atmosphere needed for a successful mass movement.

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3 Responses to Syria Update

  1. Lance says:

    I take no joy in being correct having predicting that Assad would kill and maim his way to a bloody Qaddafi style exit.

    It looks like the stage is set for a full on civil war.

    As I said previously I think with the backing of Iran and the support of some factions in Syria Bashar al-Assad is going to cling to power until they drag his bloody corpse through the streets of Damascus.

    Sadly those street are probably going to be stained with the blood of the Syrian people when that happens.

    I’d be happy to be proven wrong.

  2. Matty says:

    I see from the Al Jazeera article that the funds to pay rebel fighters a salary are coming from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states. Given that the Assad regime has a history of good relations with Iran is this an attempt at a proxy war?

  3. James Hanley says:


    That may be part of their thinking. There’s also the more straightforward issue that Saudi Arabia and Syria are competitors for influence in the region, so anything that troubles Syria benefits the Saudis.

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