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Damascus, Syria — Monday, March 23, 2015— 2 pages — 94.46 Syrian pounds

Civil War In Syria

Syria has been in civil war for quite a while now. It all started with the anti government protests they had been having,and it just exalted from there. Because of this very huge armed conflict over 200,000 people of Syria lost their lives in only four years.1 More than 11 million people have been forced to leave their homes and those against president Bashar Al-Assad battle against one another. How long do you think it take until this crisis comes to an end?

The Syrian Civil War began during the Arab Spring revolts in 2012. The people revolted because of President Assad’s beliefs and his unwillingness to take the peoples’ perspectives in mind. Assad’s family and ruling party are Alawite,

which is a small portion. Only 13% of

the population are Shiite and only a fraction of those are Alawite.

are Shiite and only a fraction of those are Alawite. Approximately 74% of the population are

Approximately 74% of the population are Muslim.2 President Assad does not have the people’s respect and they want

a leader that has the same beliefs as

them. The people do not respect Assad due to the fact that he puts thousands of lives in danger all just for power.3 In addition the UN has condemned Assad’s actions, and calls for his resignation.

The atmosphere of Syria is so horrible that ISIS is practically invited into the country to torture innocent lives. Syrians are in jeopardy because their country is hideout. This is allowing ISIS to do whatever they want because their are no rules being enforced. This situation can potentially get out of hand. ISIS already has power in Syria, why wouldn’t they think that they can influence their power elsewhere? Syria is “ungovernable space”, which makes it very easy to ISIS to operate with little to no interruption. A free ISIS is not only a

threat to Syria, but a threat to the world.

Although some say that supposedly

2.

"International Religious Freedom Report 2006." U.S. State Departmen State Department, 1 Jan. 2006. Web Mar. 2015.

Syria is freedom of religion country,

the facts prove otherwise. The way the

the facts prove otherwise. The way the

country is set up is unfortunately what

3.

Gladstone, Rick. "General Assembly Votes to Condemn Syrian Leader." The New York Times. The New York Times, 16 Feb. 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

people call “religiously driven.” This all

means that it is ruled by one religion

only. What kind of freedom is that?

The answer is simple. There is zero

freedom in Syria. When there is no

 

government to be found, Muslims are

Citations Op-Ed:

 

known to rape, kidnap, and even put

innocent Christian women to death.

1. "Persecution In Syria.”

A Religiously Driven Country

Syrian Christians can not even step out

christianfreedom.org N.p., n.d. Web.

2. Damon, Arwa, and Zeynep Bilginsoy. "Amid Brazen, Deadly Attacks, Gay Syrians Tell of Fear of ISIS Persecution." Http://www.cnn.com/. CNN, 6th Mar. 2015. Web.

3. "Syria." Freedomhouse.org. N.p., n.d. Web.

The First Amendment states that "Congress

to go to the store without being held at

shall make no law respecting an

gunpoint! So little has been done to

establishment of religion, or prohibiting the

make the Christians of Syria feel

free exercise there of", which is also known

secured, the only thing they can do for

as the “separation of church and state”

now is hope and pray.

famously quoted by Thomas Jefferson. We as

Americans have the luxury of living that way.

Citations Cover Story:

 

Religion does interfere with state, nor does

1.

Rodgers, Lucy, and David Gritten. "Syria: The Story of the Conflict." NEWS. BBC, 12 Mar. 2015. Web. 2 Mar. 2015.

state with religion. Syria however does not

get to live that way.