The 18-month long uprising against the Syrian regime has failed to oust President Bashar al-Assad despite having complete support from the international community, though the support was limited to finance, arms and ammunition. The United States and its western allies have just reduced to statements against the dictator, while none of them has got the spine to stand against the tyrant. Now, the situation is further getting worse in the volatile country, as different militant outfits can also be seen playing a vital role in arranging and staging demonstrations against the dictator.
It is no secret now that terrorists and militants linked to al-Qaeda have infiltrated in ranks of the Syrian opposition and they are trying their best to have a say in the ongoing crisis. Intelligence agencies and human rights activists working in the volatile country believe that a clash between different opposition groups has also been going on discreetly. Local leadership of al-Qaeda has also askedto renounce support for the regime; otherwise, the militants linked to al-Qaeda can launch a full-scale offensive against Lebanon based Hezbollah. Leader of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah is of the view that the United States and its western allies have been fighting a proxy war in Syria and therefore it is necessary to support the Syrian regime.
Following successful revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, people of Syria also took to the streets in March last year against the brutal tyrant. What do they demand? Syrians have been demanding rule of law and establishment of democracy in the country. However, the dictator has resorted to violence against peaceful protestors and wants to quell the movement against his rule at any cost. It may be pertinent to mention here that after tens of thousands of Syrians refused to budge before the dictator, the latter himself introduced a set of reforms to be implemented in the country. However, the reforms are yet to be implemented.
Syrians are fast getting fed up with the regime and are left with no other option, but to make alliance with militants linked to different outfits. So far, all the proposals and suggestions of the political leaders and world powers have failed before the stubborn Assad. The Arab League and United Nations have failed to find any peaceful solution for the violence-wracked Syria. At times, Saudi Arabia and Qatar wanted to arm the rebels, but the international community did not approve the idea. The Syrian opposition remains badly fragmented and have got little vision to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiations.
However, it is not a good sign for peaceful Syrians that influence of militant outfits is fast increasing in their country and youth is fast being radicalized. The world powers including Russia and China should come up with a viable strategy to resolve the issue at the earliest.