Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog 2: Al Qaeda

Summary: The tensions between extremist groups and more moderate groups have been building up for several months now in the Middle East and North Africa. On Thursday, an Islamic regime killed many civilians and fighters for the opposition force while seizing control of a key border town. The fighting continues to intensify in Northern and Western Syria. The Islamic state of Iraq is voicing several concerns because they feel that the supporters of the more moderate rebel groups are being given weapons from their supporting nations that will eventually wipe out their extreme rivals. This conflict has been a problem for the last two and a half years; however, a new dimension has been created due to the current outbreak in open warfare across Syrian provinces. Even though the regime has alleged chemical weapons with several human rights violations in order to defeat the rebellion, Barack Obama has still not taken military action. There have been extreme clashes in the city between Isis and the rebels that have left several dead, including a journalist and a physician. In the past 48 hours, Isis has attacked another rebel group, Ahfad al-Rasoul, in far eastern Syria.

Analysis: The attacks that are currently occurring in Syria are a huge social conflict because it affects the population as a whole. It may seem to only involve the extremist versus the more moderate groups, but it is also causing a huge impact on the civilians. Civilians are being killed in the attacks. Young children are growing up in this detrimental environment that can cause physical and psychological issues such as PTSD. This issue can be seen from the macro-perspective because it involves the alleged use of chemical weapons and violates human rights, which gets a huge number of nations involved. The terrorist attacks occurring are affecting the entire world in a sense. Everyone feels the need to stand up against the use of chemical weapons and also defend the human rights of the people in the Middle East and North Africa.

Ashley Moore
10:38 am

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