Syria misses ‘Arab Spring’

The Arab Spring was supposed to be a harbinger of a brighter day, an era of more freedom, throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia all have emerged from dictatorial tyranny. Their evolution remains a work in progress, but there remains great hope these nations will become free. Other nations, such as Bahrain, have experienced uprisings. Algeria, Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait are among the nations that have experienced major protests against repression.

Syria presents a tale of ongoing tragedy. Syrians have risen up against their dictator, Bashar al Assad — and have paid a grievous price. The nation has collapsed into a bloody civil war, which is the subject of the next Frontline to air at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KACV-TV.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

Frontline tells the story of how Assad’s forces have turned their heavy fire on civilians, bombing homes into oblivion and sending thousands of Syrians fleeing across borders into Lebanon and Turkey.

It’s difficult to quantify the human cost of the civil war. Some estimates put the death toll at around 60,000, which has angered nearly all the nations on the planet.

Syria, though, is not without its allies. Russia appears to be one of them. Iran certainly has aligned with Assad’s regime. The United States has pressured its allies to impose severe sanctions on Syria’s government but, as usual, calls for even more action has come from some quarters. There have been calls to arm the anti-government Syrian forces and even some have demanded that the United States launch air strikes against Assad’s military apparatus, just as we did in the successful effort to bring down the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Frontline, as it always does, will tell the whole story without bias.

For me, I’m just hoping the Arab Spring will bloom finally in Syria.

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