What happens when a government tries to take total control of the lives and death of its people? Well, usually you get a group of angry people who fight back in a civil war. That is exactly what is happening in Syria right now, and given the recent news, tensions are on the rise. The Assad regime is in a vicious battle with it’s now exiled people. Perhaps it’s time the exiled no longer stood alone.
Monday there were multiple flash points of violence that signaled to the world the conflict was growing. Car bombs went off in al-Mazzeh 86, Hama, and Damascus on Monday, killing at least 63 people, soldiers and citizens alike. On top of that, five Palestinians were killed by a shell bomb that hit a bus in Damascus. In Aleppo, anti-rebel protesters were hit with a mortar strike from armed groups that ended up killing seven people. The Assad regime also joined in on the killings, slaughtering 20 rebel fighters in a fighter jet strike in Harem. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that Monday’s bloodshed resulted in the deaths of 200 people, including 67 unarmed civilians and 85 soldiers.
Syria is used to seeing violence every day, but not on this scale. Monday’s outbursts indicate that tensions are worsening. Sectarian violence has ravaged Syria for far too long and is getting worse the longer nothing is done about it.
So where is the international response? Short of telling Assad to “stop it” and some relief supplies, it isn’t really there. I think the international community, namely the United States, needs to do something. In a vicious battle for emancipation and freedom, moral support isn’t enough. At least give the opposition money to fund their operations or something. The international response has been lacking in Syria, and failure to act is allowing violence to get worse.