29/03/2012 5:05 pm
An analytical article on the current state of play in Syria by Dr Harry Hagopian an international lawyer and political commentator from Jerusalem who is a former Assistant General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches. Dr Hagopian is the Bishops' Consultant on the Middle East North Africa region.
This is a comprehensive and thought-provoking piece that looks at the wider context and the countries and organisations of the international community - from the US and the EU to NATO and the United Nations. China and Russia come under the spotlight as does Turkey, Israel, the Arab League and the Syrians themselves:
"It does not take much specialist knowledge to realise that the Syrian people of all ethnicities and religions across many parts of the country are suffering in different ways and for different reasons. The country today faces two ostensibly immovable wills, that of a regime willing to use any form of bloody force to quell the popular uprisings that it largely considers as terrorist in nature and the disparate opposition forces that are equally determined to fight till the bitter end in order to remove a regime they consider illegitimate. No matter whoever ends up being Samson or Delilah in this polar battle of wills and brinkmanship, the ordinary people - whether silent, muzzled or vocal - are caught up in ever-increasing cycles of pain."
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