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US declines to arm Syrian opposition

Tunis : Tunisia | Feb 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM PST
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With the ever-escalating violence in Syria, the international community shows deep concerns over the ongoing carnage in the country. Killing of innocent civilians in different cities of the country is fast became of matter of routine and it seems as if dictator Bashar al-Assad is committing the crime with complete impunity. In March last year, hundreds and thousands of protestors took to the streets after getting inspired by popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Since then, they have been protesting against the dictator and demanding an end to the monarchic rule in the country.

In a consultative meeting held in Tunis on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton categorically rejected the idea of physically supporting and arming Syrian opposition members. The idea was pitched by some Arab allies of the US struggling to eliminate the monarchic rule in Syria but Hillary Clinton stressed on funding humanitarian aid, unifying the opposition and increase diplomatic and economic pressure on the regime. Participants of the meeting discussed Syrian conundrum in detail and efforts are being made to evolve a consensus on future course of action against the country.

The conference will also meet on Friday and is likely to give deadline to the regime of allowing humanitarian aid in the country. Hillary Clinton’s meeting with Foreign Ministers of British, France, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordon, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia are aimed at evolving consensus over future course of action against Syrian dictator as he has repeatedly defy requests from the international community to end violence against innocent civilians. Syrian opposition leaders will also participate in the conference and policies regarding the country would be finalized after getting detailed view point of these leaders over the issue.

It has been more than eleven months to the uprising in the country but to no avail. According to a United Nations report, more than 6,000 civilians have been killed so far by security forces loyal to the regime. Homs is considered to be one of the strongholds of the opposition; therefore the security forces loyal to the regime have been bombing the city for the last one week. Hundreds were reported killed only on Thursday including two Western journalists. Humanitarian agencies have appealed to the dictator for access to cities being bombarded by the security forces as residents of these cities including Homs have been running short of water, food and other daily use items.

Though pressure on the US from inside and outside is increasing to act militarily against the dictator like it did in Libya last year under the banner of NATO, the country still appears to resolve the issue through peaceful means. The US should focus on providing humanitarian aid to the opposition and unite them under one banner and a single leadership. Arming opposition with sophisticated weapons will bring more destruction in the already insurgency-torn country.

United States should use the platform of Syrian opposition to oust the monarch.

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StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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