The 18-month long uprising in Syria still continues. Security forces loyal to the regime and rebels have been targeting each other. On Tuesday, bombs planted by the rebels went off at a school building in Damascus, injuring seven people. The school was occupied by the security forces loyal to the regime. They used to hold their weekly meetings in the building. The director of the school, Sons of Martyrs School, was quoted by media as saying that two bombs exploded inside the building, but no major loss was caused. The security forces have also been using different tactics to eliminate the rebels and opposition forces.
Following successful uprising in Tunisia and Egypt in February last year, Syrians also took to the streets against the tyrant and demanded an end to the dictatorial rule. Since then, people have been demanding rule of law and establishment of democracy in the country, but Assad's regime is hell bent on stemming the uprising through violence. After much hue and cry by the world powers, the dictator introduced a set of self-styled reforms, but these too have not been implemented yet. The rebels and opposition forces have been looking to the world powers for help in ousting the dictator, but in vain. The world powers, including the United States, are still pondering different options against the dictator.
It is unfortunate that President Bashar al-Assad has been using force against pro-democracy people, while the international community is still pondering different options to ease out Assad. The Arab League and the United Nations have completely failed to pressurize Bashar al-Assad into resign from his position. To alleviate pressure from world powers, Assad has been threatening the US and its Western allies of dire consequences if they dare to interfere in internal affairs of the country. Unfortunately, Assad has been successful in keeping the world powers at bay through his rhetoric. The world powers could not even formulate a unanimous agenda to end violence in Syria, let alone forcing the dictator to step aside from his position.
According to the human rights activists working in the volatile country, around 25,000 people have been killed so far. A kind of civil war is going on in Syria, but the dictator is still adamant to label the uprising against his rule a conspiracy against the people of Syria. Combat helicopters and tanks are being used against unarmed citizens. The regime is also forcing people to leave the country and more than 200,000 have become refugees in neighboring countries including Turkey, Jordon and Lebanon. The international community has expressed serious concerns over such a large number of refugees.