Drones Over Syria
So I’ve wanted to talk about Syria for a while. With regards to the whole Arab Spring, I’ve always been kind of proud about predicting things that would happen (while talking with friends). I figured that Egypt would be successful initially, then they would realize that the military is still in charge and Mubarak was just a puppet. I predicted that Lybia would turn into an armed rebellion rather quickly.
Syria has been a bit of a different scenario for me. I expected it to be more of a Libya scenario, where people took up arms against the leadership rather quickly. Instead, protests went on for months while the rebel forces struggled to organize themselves and the Assad regime’s tanks waltzed on through rebel bastions.
All this being said, I am pleased with how the international community is finally getting its act together. The United Nations GA passed a resolution condemning the violence, the US has proposed outside help through a “Friends of a Democratic Syria” group, and the supporters of the Assad regime, Russia, China, Venezuela, and Iran primarily have been exposed publicly. Apparently, the UN security council has been discussing peacekeeping troops lately, which might even be palatable to Russia (the main supporter of Assad on the council). Topping it all off for me is the fact that the US is now flying unmanned drones to “monitor the situation on the ground.” Hopefully these drones can get us some good video of this disaster that the rest of the world can finally rally around.