The bloodshed in Syria needs to stop and it needs to stop now. The United Nations Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is trying his best to get the parties agree to a ceasefire because if they don’t, the conflict has all the fuel it needs to set alight the neighbourhood and the complete region.
Iran along with Hezbollah of Lebanon and Syria have described themselves as the ‘Axis of Resistance’ against the imperialistic west in what is one of the most troubled neighbourhoods in the world today. The Middle East or Western Asia could see its own version of a world war with both sides supported by even bigger powers that are not a part of the region.
Israel has already stated that it will do whatever it must to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The streets are divided in Lebanon with people who support the Bashar al-Assad government on one side, the people who oppose it on the other and the government forces patrolling the area in between trying to prevent any confrontations. There are 10 year olds with AK-47’s in their hands in the streets on Tripoli in Lebanon.
The United States has already accepted that it has around one hundred soldiers stationed in Jordan and according to Centre for Research on Globalization, a think tank based in Canada; there are an undisclosed number of British and French troops assisting the United States military personnel stationed at the Syria-Jordanian border.
Reports in the media have already stated that some of the West Asian countries are arming the Syrian rebels with a few European and North American nations providing other equipment. If a small Great War does occur, there will be bloodshed and it will surely be more than the 30,000 people who have already died in Syria. The war would be difficult to contain and even if it does end quickly, there will be open wounds that will result in sporadic conflicts.
All the countries that are indirectly involved in the conflict and the region need to stop acting like children. If they want to fight a war, they should do that in their own backyard and not destroy the lives of innocents. A regional conflict would see repercussions worldwide and it would be a disaster for the United Nations and the world as whole.
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