Blog Entry #6

November11

Article 1: VOICES: Inhumanity and the Moral Limit in Syria by Laura Boustani

Article 2: Syria: Mapping the conflict by BBC News

In the article by Boustani, she begins with giving background of the brutal childhood she had in Lebanon because of the war between Lebanon and Syria and the damage that was caused by the Syrian regime. She then moves on the talk about how the damage, degradation and destruction that Assad has done to his people is worse than what Lebanon had gone through. To put it in perspective, Boustani gives estimates of the dead and injured, stating that, “Syria’s numbers today are astounding: 130,000 dead (including thousands of children), more than 575,000 injured, nearly three million refugees outside Syria, nearly five million refugees displaced inside Syria; 43,000 Syrians detained and thousands suffering from starvation and lack of shelter. Then there are the latest revelations of Holocaust-like torture of thousands.” She adds that these numbers may not reflect destructions of entire villages and cities, where Syrians were tortured on day-to-day basis. The author states that she had expected so much more from the people of Syria after “atrocities” performed by the Assad regime. She acknowledges and admires traditional and social media which had made the world aware of the massacres. She pays thanks to aid workers and journalists who had been reporting the incidents of Syrian to not only Syrian people, but also the world. However, she states that the people of Syria and the world leaders need to do more, that they should be outraged by the “brutality” that’s been going on under Assad’s regime.
Damaged buildings are seen in a bombed area of Homs Jan. 27, 2014. (Reuters)

In the second article, BBC News reports the timeline of Syria’s revolution. The article emphasizes how the territorial control in Syria has changed many times since the country’s uprising began more than three years ago. The article reports that IS jihadists are now in full control of the eastern region of Raqqa and hold significant swathes of territory in Aleppo to the north and Hassakeh and Deir al-Zour in the east. It goes on to talk about how US-led military operations targeted oil fields and military bases controlled by IS, in which oil refineries were believed to be producing “between 300-500 barrels of refined petroleum per day”, generating as much as $2m (£1.2m) per day for the militants, a key source of revenue. The article then goes into the beginning of Syrian revolution, talking about how millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes, while still staying in the country. It reported about 3 millions Syrians fleeing the country to seek refugees in surrounding country such as Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.

Map showing where Syrian refugees have fled

In conclusion, in the first article, Boustani had expressed very strong emotion against the Assad regime, seeming to wanting Syrian people and the world leaders to take a step toward “ending the holocaust” happening in Syria. She had much of a political liberalism point of view. She wanted everyone at the table to come and resolve this issue.

In the second article by BBC News, the article focused on the cause of the Syrian revolution and the effects of them on not only the Syrian people, but the other countries which became directly or indirectly became involved in it.

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