Syrian Protests Evolve

Some thoughts on the resurgence of protests in Syria, following Qaddafi’s downfall. The Arab Spring has carried on into the fall; whether it can add another dictator to the body count remains to be seen. Assad’s regime is considerably more cutthroat, powerful, and entrenched than any of the regimes overthrown thus far. It also has (perhaps had) Iranian backing. The effort necessary to topple each regime so far–Tunisia, Egypt, Libya–has increased exponentially as time goes on. The price of change in Syria will only be higher, and it is a bloody price to pay.

With news of the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi sweeping the world yesterday, Syrian protests against the government of Bashar Al-Assad have taken on renewed energy. This resurgence has drawn international attention, as they maneuver to become the next potential domino in the sequence of violent change sweeping the region. The Arab Spring has toppled three governments thus far. Syria would represent the fourth, and possibly most the significant; certainly the most difficult.

President Assad, who has ruled Syria since his father’s death in 2000, has built a regime noted for its iron-fisted policies on dissent, aggressive foreign policy, and careful cultivation of Syria’s economy. Protesters in Syria took to the streets seven months ago, inspired by the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. Despite a brutal and widespread military crackdown,  which is estimated to have cost over 3,000 lives thus far, their momentum has not abated.

Full article here: The Faster Times–Syrian Protests Become New Eye of the Arab Spring Storm

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