Blast at Syria’s capital mosque kills five security personnel

Blast at Syria’s capital mosque kills five security personnel

Damascus : Syria | Sep 07, 2012 at 3:22 PM PDT
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It is not something new to people of Syria. A bomb blast outside a mosque in Damascus, the federal capital of Syria, killed five security personnel and critically injured several others on Friday. The explosive was attached to a motorcycle parked nearby. The government led-by President Bashar al-Assad is blaming terrorists for the blast and vowed to continue crackdown against them until peace and stability is restored in the volatile country. Bomb blasts, target killings, abductions, torture at the hands of security agencies loyal to the regime has become a matter of routine in Syria

Last month, a bomb explosion in Damascus claimed around 47 lives of rebels, while dozens others received critical injuries. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blames the United States and other European countries for arming the rebels to protect their vested interests. In the past, Assad has also threatened world powers of dire consequences if they interfered in internal affairs of the volatile country. The dictator has been successful in the policy of divide and rule, but the strategy is not going to work for long. No real peace and stability can be achieved in Syria until blasts, abductions and killings are stopped, so, the real task is to pacify the opposition forces and bring them to the negotiating table.

It has been more than 17 months to the uprising and according to the United Nations more than 23,000 innocent civilians have been killed so far by the security forces loyal to the regime. However, there are no exact numbers available on pro-democracy people languishing in prisons for raising voice against the dictator. Human rights activists working in the violence-wracked country believe that hundreds of peaceful protesters have been picked up by the security agencies and have been languishing in prisons of different cities without any charges officially framed against them.

After being inspired by successful revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, Syrian people took to the streets in March 2011 against the regime. They were hopeful to topple the regime in a short span of time and then establish a democratic government to ensure civil rights and freedom of speech for the people. However, there is a huge difference between opposition forces in Syria and the above-mentioned countries. The successful revolutions of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya witnessed unification of the opposition forces, as all of them united on one-point agenda of ousting their respective tyrants. Despite efforts by the United States and other European countries, Syrian rebels have not been united so far.

The world powers including the United States should play their role to resolve the issue and the best they can do at the moment is to try to unite different factions of opposition under one platform. Dialogue is the only way forward.

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