More on the Crisis in Syria


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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5 responses to “More on the Crisis in Syria

  1. This article definitely gave me a whole new perspective on the crisis in Syria. I had never considered the point of view that controlled terror would be better then both terror and chaos. This being said I still disagree with this. While getting to a democratic peaceful state will not be easy, I believe it will be worth it. I just can’t imagine that the better option would be Bashar-al- Assad dictating and killing the multitudes of innocent people that he is. Even if things are temporarily worse, Bashar-al Assad cannot remain in power,

  2. I was quite surprised by this article and how the Syrian man being interviewed would “rather deal with the devil he knows, than the devil he doesn’t know.” I used to think that it was the entire rebel force versus the Assad government, however, there are over a dozen different rebel factions, some good, and others just focused on pillaging civilian’s homes. But now that I think about it, this support of Assad makes quite a lot of sense, because wouldn’t someone rather live in a suppressed form of order than constant war. On the other hand, however, there still remains the fact that no one will be happy with Assad in power, and it may be worth waiting through an entire war to get to a new form of order. I feel that it is necessary to suffer through a civil war, because the suffering during that will be less than suffering through Assad’s full term.

  3. I understand what he is saying because many people would do just about anything for their family, the people who you love unconditionally . And it is true that at least you know what you get with Assad but sometimes you have to be hopeful and belief in the things you don’t have that the rebels want to provide. It’s hard in trusting the rebels because it is so easy to shift views and desires and to become corrupted and selfish, in only thinking about yourselves but things have to change. People in Syria need this change, they need something better. It might be the hardest thing to do but if you shift your thoughts to the people of today, of yesterday, and tomorrow, there is so way for all this horror to go on as it, no reason to allow it.

  4. I all honestly, I agree with his friend. Right now, the people of Syria are going through a crisis where they have to endure all of the disasters that war brings. BUT, at least they know with Assad that is what they will go through. This connects with Hitler and a memoir I read called Night. At one point the narrator, a holocaust survivor, installs some kind of fate into Hitler, his oppression. He says that Hitler is the only one keeping his promises: trying to kill off the Jewish race. I think rthas what the friend means when he says I rather be with the devil I know. Its to the point where the Syrian friend feels like “safe” with Assad, like he knows what to expect. However, with the rebels, we do not know the outcome and for the people living in Syrian it must be scary to think what might happen. This article gave me a different point of view on the situation in Syria.

  5. I wonder if the friend means he prefers dictatorship to uncertainty. This relates to what we just learned in history class, studying the philosophies of the Enlightenment, which question how much power a government should hold in a nation, Is it better to have a sovereignty of one over assembly, and so on. Overall the article questions if humans value equality over the fear that comes with uncertainty. Assad’s power restricts freedom but at the same time supplies comfort to those who fear change.

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