The Russians, the Americans, the Arab League chief, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference and others, all of them condemn what is happening in Syria, then they take a deep breath and murmur: …the situation is complicated, …fear of a civil war, …a sectarian strife, …regionally very sensitive with regard to neighboring states. This is just a list of excuses to avoid taking military intervention that could save the Syrian people, who are being slaughtered while the world is watching.
Actually, these excuses are good reasons for intervention and not the opposite. The serious status and the looming of war justify the intervention and not the opposite. Thus, the international community would become a positive force imposing conditions to prevent any acts of vengeance, sectarian wars or partition disputes.
That’s what has happened in Libya; if it weren’t for the unified international stand that imposed its own war conditions and commitments, Libya would have drowned in tribal and regional disputes for the sake of power and sovereignty. Acts of vengeance would have been even worse. However, what is currently taking place on the Libyan scene, including the attempts of partition within the state, is destined to end up in failure, thanks to the international commitment to the new Libyan order and border.
The situation in Syria is very serious: the regime is massacring the people and different powers are being formed. The regime would eventually fall and the country would turn into a battlefield. At then, it would be very difficult to summon international forces to prevent the civil or sectarian war. All the countries in the region would face an even more serious situation.
Excuses of fear over the situation in Syria are either to justify the lack of action, or using some countries, such as Iran or Iraq, to scare the world against intervention. Syria has been rocked by a revolution for almost a year, which will not calm down unless the regime falls. Everyone following the bloody events there is aware that Assad regime has no chance to survive, despite its resistance through shedding more blood.
As the crisis extends further, even Turkey -- which is hesitant over whether to intervene or not because it is in need of an international support and a wider military partnership -- feels that it is paying an expensive price. The Syrian and Iranian regimes have succeeded in activating the Kurdish separatists residing in Iraq and Syria to carry out terrorist attacks on the Turkish territories. They are behind fueling crises in the Gulf region as well as threatening to mess with the domestic situation in Lebanon. What is even worse is the fact that the Syrian regime has succeeded in deepening the feeling of hatred among the different sects of the Syrian people through massacres and sectarian threats. Had the Syrian regime fallen last year, we would have been facing a new reality less complicated for the Syrians and the neighboring peoples.
The writer is the General Manager of Al Arabiya. The article was published in the London-based Asharq al-Awsat on March 8 and was translated by Abeer Tayel