Mil­i­tary Inter­ven­tion in Syria: Endorsed or Opposed?

ARA News

By: Rana Talo — Antakya

Mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the Syr­ian upris­ing is one of the main top­ics that con­stantly occu­pies meet­ings among Syr­ian activists on dif­fer­ent occasions.

Recently, under the ban­ner of Qamishlo House of All Syr­i­ans, activists of civil soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions held dia­logue forums bring­ing together activists from dif­fer­ent cur­rents. The issue of the peace­ful method and the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the ongo­ing rev­o­lu­tion, beside the role of civil soci­ety move­ments over two years of upris­ing, were the main issues of dis­cus­sion dur­ing the meetings.


The main dia­logue ses­sion, held on April 28, wit­nessed a wide par­tic­i­pa­tion by politi­cians and promi­nent Syr­ian intel­lec­tu­als. Some of them endorsed the sug­ges­tion of pro­vid­ing the rebels with some qual­i­ta­tive weapons and wel­comed an inter­na­tional mil­i­tary inter­ven­tion in Syria in order to solve the two-​year cri­sis in the coun­try. On the other hand, some of the par­tic­i­pants refused the sug­ges­tion of mil­i­ta­riz­ing the sit­u­a­tion any­more, and sup­ported a reac­ti­va­tion of the peace­ful method with which the rev­o­lu­tion started on March 2011, and called on the recog­ni­tion of the cru­cial role of civil soci­ety activists, and empha­sized the need to revive the civil aspects within the Syr­ian society.

“End­ing up with an armed rebel­lion after months of peace­ful protests seems a quite log­i­cal con­se­quence when you are fac­ing one of the most bru­tal regimes in the area,” said one of the par­tic­i­pants. “Over six months, the rev­o­lu­tion remained peace­ful. How­ever, the increas­ing num­bers of vic­tims among civil­ians and the amount of mil­i­tary oppres­sion prac­ticed forced peo­ple to bear weapons and defend themselves.”

Accord­ing to activists, using a mil­i­tary force against the Assad régime is deemed the only effec­tive way to end the bloody con­flict. Oth­ers believe that although a mil­i­tary action is needed to be car­ried out against the régime, still a polit­i­cal lead­er­ship plu­ral­is­ti­cally elected, to orga­nize such a mil­i­tary force within an inte­gra­tive institution.

How­ever, still a con­sid­er­ably pre­vail­ing believe among Syr­i­ans is that a peace­ful polit­i­cal solu­tion could be a viable and effi­cient solu­tion, since mil­i­ta­riza­tion con­tributes to fur­ther com­pli­cat­ing the sit­u­a­tion on the ground.

Source: ARA News

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