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Opinion: “Everybody is Using Syria as a Battle Ground to Serve their own Political Agenda”

来源:贴心姐妹网   更新:2013-09-10 06:58:46   作者:Oussayma Canbarieh
Opinion: “Everybody is Using Syria as a Battle Ground to Serve their own Political Agenda”
 
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I’m extremely disturbed to see the amount of hatred my (facebook) post (on Obarma's plans to punish the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime with military strike) has created in a time where Syrians are in dire need of solidarity amongst each other. I’m also disturbed by the simplest political analysis of some people that view the American invasion as a way to get rid of Bashar. Unfortunately, this is not a simple video game that allows the "heroes" to get rid of the enemy by bombarding Syria. The filthy war the US wants to embark on only serves one purpose: to prove its supremacy. 

War is a very lucrative business; it’s also an opportunity for superpowers to play their ego game, try out new arms and to prove their legitimacy in the eyes of the international community. Unfortunately, everybody is using Syria as a battle ground to serve their own political agenda, putting civilians at the bottom of their list of priorities.

Wars in the name of ‘’saving the people’’ will only create more suffering and we all know that innocents will pay the ultimate price. Blindly encouraging any foreign intervention is dangerous. Seeing the US as an ultimate saviour is dangerous. Asking people to take a firm stance, cornering them and telling them you’re either with us or against us is also very dangerous. Sounds very much like Bush’s discourse on eve of Iraq war, doesn’t it? It's not a black or white kind of situation. I’m very much against Assad who destroyed Syria, I’m very much against his fascist regime who oppressed people for decades, I’m against the rebel groups who terrorize the country, as much as I’m against some Arab countries who have never reached a level of cowardice that high in the history of their existence. This geopolitical conflict is far more complex than we think and understanding it may take years. 

It aches my heart and soul to see innocents suffer and my country being raped. I won’t allow anyone to question my sensitivity, my love or my devotion to my beloved Syria just because I refuse to take a radical side. 

Oussayma Canbarieh is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian journalist, born in Damascus and lives in Montreal since childhood. 

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The web documentary that Oussayma Canbarieh made for Radio Canada International, CBC: Me, the Muslim Next Door
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