Recent news states that Syrian rebels have overcome a military base in the city of Aleppo. It was reported that heavy weapons were employed by the Assad regime to exterminate one of the biggest nests of rebels in the country which is the city. This attack is said to be fueled by remorse for the death of President Bashar al Assad’s most trusted generals in the field by a bombing attack of the rebels.
Jordan and Saudi Arabia are now welcoming refugees from the civil war in Syria. Aid from International organizations are coming to cities all over Syria. Clearly, the 17-month civil war is about to end, but will it end in bloodshed or in peace?
UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan states that the six-point peace plan he proposed to both sides of the war was met with distaste for supporting the other group or inculcating members of the other side to making a joint government together. Today, the six point peace plan is still in progress, with none of its points making any success in enforcement.
However, locals from both Sunni and Shiite sectors have recently made negotiations to release prisoners of war from both sides. Journalists state that the release of prisoners and the conversation between the two sides were bereft of all discrimination. The rebels even mentioned that they understand the full effect of sectarianism and the violence it has inflicted on neighboring Iran and Lebanon.
Given that all the authorities and idealists in Syria were to be put down, the people themselves understand that discrimination and sectarianism is not the way. There may be hope for Annan’s peace plan, but it lies in the people, the small people beneath the two warring factions, to make it work.
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