Syria – Civilian Casualties from Government Crackdown

August 7, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

The common element in political uprising is government crackdown to suppress pro-democracy movement in the country.

Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria – the government response to citizens request for political transformation from theocracy, dynasty and autocratic rule to republic governance is using arms and ammunition against unarmed civilians they pledge to serve despite public opposition to decades of oppression.

The regimes promise for political reform while maintaining undemocratic policy to quell dissent is the irony revealing true colors and status quo continuation in the future.

Their refusal to step down denying citizens the opportunity for a democratic system under republic rule does not represent the change people desire in the region.

Syrian leadership like Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain… resorting to civilian killings through security personnel clashes with demonstrators discredit the authority and their ability to govern in public and national interest.

Army troops assaults in eastern city Deir el-Zour and Houleh in Homs province today resulting in 24 residents deaths calls for immediate cease fire and forces withdrawal from the civilian zone.

Whenever state sponsored atrocity against own people is carried out in utter disregard for life and national or international law on human rights to freedom of expression,

The international community bears the burden to counteract with effective measures directly affecting the regimes personal financial status, travel privileges and political stature in condemnation of humanitarian crimes.

Upholding non-violent strategy, the global society consistent outreach to persecuted population with essential humanitarian needs and concurrently applying pressure through United Nations, Arab league, G20 arms embargo on the Syrian government and alike to leave office rather than military intervention or weapons supply to opposing factions would be significant in saving lives deterring persistent attacks on innocent residents.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad authorizing violence to stay in power is synonymous to Iran, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan and Saudi Arabia…leaderships’ desperate actions provoking anti-regime sentiments evolving into civil disobedience ultimately resulting in prolonged confrontation between government and national movement.

President Assad’s resignation and the administration relinquishing power from office is the only peaceful resolution to political crisis in Syria.

People never approve governments’ aggression and historically prevail in the overthrow of combative administrations.

It is in the incumbent power’s best interest to end national unrest contributing to economic chaos and political instability.

Democracy across Middle East could no longer be stalled with military might or external influence evidently debilitated by revolutionaries’ sacrifices and steel resolve in the political struggle.

World citizens could come forward and extend unequivocal cooperation in the liberation cause petitioning their governments to act in promoting peaceful political transition per people choice in Middle East and elsewhere.

Mainstream aspirations to form government of the people, by the people and for the people is delayed due to lack of universal commitment in rejecting authoritarianism that would empower republic to succeed without more bloodshed.

U.N. Security Council permanent members discord is the prime example in this regard and reconfiguration expanding membership as suggested on many occasions would guarantee consensus urgently required on humanitarian and moral grounds.

People seeking political independence are urged to remain united strengthening their representation against political power notwithstanding the collective demand at national level gaining momentum to expedite desirable outcome.

Syrians are admired for their courage and determination to win the political battle.

With the nation behind peace and non-violent means to realize the political dream,

They are on the path to victory leading Syria and Middle East for a new beginning on the horizon.

Wishing People Power in Syria and around the world political triumph delivering social progress and economic prosperity.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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