By: Rana Talo — Antakya
Militarization of the Syrian uprising is one of the main topics that constantly occupies meetings among Syrian activists on different occasions.
Recently, under the banner of Qamishlo House of All Syrians, activists of civil society organizations held dialogue forums bringing together activists from different currents. The issue of the peaceful method and the militarization of the ongoing revolution, beside the role of civil society movements over two years of uprising, were the main issues of discussion during the meetings.
The main dialogue session, held on April 28, witnessed a wide participation by politicians and prominent Syrian intellectuals. Some of them endorsed the suggestion of providing the rebels with some qualitative weapons and welcomed an international military intervention in Syria in order to solve the two-year crisis in the country. On the other hand, some of the participants refused the suggestion of militarizing the situation anymore, and supported a reactivation of the peaceful method with which the revolution started on March 2011, and called on the recognition of the crucial role of civil society activists, and emphasized the need to revive the civil aspects within the Syrian society.
“Ending up with an armed rebellion after months of peaceful protests seems a quite logical consequence when you are facing one of the most brutal regimes in the area,” said one of the participants. “Over six months, the revolution remained peaceful. However, the increasing numbers of victims among civilians and the amount of military oppression practiced forced people to bear weapons and defend themselves.”
According to activists, using a military force against the Assad régime is deemed the only effective way to end the bloody conflict. Others believe that although a military action is needed to be carried out against the régime, still a political leadership pluralistically elected, to organize such a military force within an integrative institution.
However, still a considerably prevailing believe among Syrians is that a peaceful political solution could be a viable and efficient solution, since militarization contributes to further complicating the situation on the ground.
Source: ARA News
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