By Rob Howle
Living in Dubai gives you many different perspectives on almost every issue out there. American perspectives, European perspectives, and Arab perspectives. Although it is great to have access to so many different opinions and beliefs, at the end of the day, the only ones that matter are those who are actually involved. In the case of Syria, many, including the United States government, have very different beliefs on the issue. One of my good friends is Syrian and I asked him what he thought of the issue. All he could say was that he simply wanted the violence to stop and he did not care how. His family living there has experienced many of the atrocities that war brings, including having their house broken into and robbed. When I pressed him about who he wanted to be in power once the fighting did stop, his answer surprised me:
“Honestly, I want Assad. With him, you know what you’re getting and times were much better under him then they are now. If the rebels do take over, who knows what will happen. I fear it will simply be Eqypt all over again, and we will fall into a cycle of war. I’d rather deal with the devil I know, than the devil I don’t know.”
Although my views may differ from my friend’s, I understand where he’s coming from. He’s worried about his family in Syria, and whether life for them will ever be the same. However, I think that if he truly wants Syria to be better off, he may have to sit through this Civil War to the end. No country that wanted democracy got it easily, and there are definitely going to be some ups and downs.
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