Song for Syria (Part 1)
I’ve been thinking I want to write a song called “A Song for Syria.”
Syria has been on my mind lately. If you aren’t aware Syria has been involved in a bloody civil war since March 15, 2011.
The uprising of Syrian rebels happened in the wake of something known as the Arab Spring, which was a time period a couple of years ago when the citizens of many Middle Eastern nations rose up in a spirit of hope and protested for the removal of their dictatorial leaders and the formation of governments that followed the will of the people more closely. The results of these protests have been uneven, some were successful, others failed. Syria is a bloody, still to be determined mess.
Whenever there is any large struggle in the Middle East the consequences are always global. There are always very large political, religious, economic, social, and humanitarian repercussions. The struggle in Syria is no different. As such, the issue has become a thorny conundrum on the desk of the President of the United States.
Already dismayed by the Syrian government’s response to the protests, the President declared earlier this year that the United States would not tolerate Syrian President Assad using chemical weapons against his own people at any time. This seemed to draw a clear line which would bring about heavy American military involvement if Syria crossed it. Well, about a month ago the United States came across evidence that Syria may have employed chemical weapons on its people. This has put the President in the uncomfortable position of mulling whether or not to step up American military involvement in a civil conflict within a nation.
This is further complicated by the fact that the Syrian conflict is devolving into an internal Muslim conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. Adding to the dilemma, Iran is supporting the Syrian government by providing military advisors, Hezbollah, which is a recognized terrorist organization supported by Iran is actually fighting on the side of the Syrian government. Syria is important to Iran because Syria has historically been a regional partner to Iran. Even more vexing is Russia, which seems to take particular pleasure in making life difficult for America. Russia is supplying arms to the Syrian government and blocking any resolution in the United Nations to take action against the Syrian government.
European governments have urged the United States to take a more active role in Syria, citing humanitarian concerns. Other countries such as Saudi Arabia and Israel are concerned that if Iran is able to keep the Syrian government in power, it will embolden Iran to take more aggressive actions in the Middle East and will signal the regression of American influence. Then there is the aforementioned Sunni/Shiite conflict. Iran is majority Shia, and the Syrian government is also Shia. Therefore, Iran’s action as a Shia military force could have the consequence of heightening Muslim tensions in Iran’s neighbor, Iraq and all across the Middle East.
-Think of this as a primer…Part 2 is coming very soon.