Syrian War Reaches Damascus – NYTimes.com

The impact of a bloody and entrenched civil war expands within Syria:

Damascus was once known for its all-night party scene. Now, few people venture out after dark, and kidnappings are rampant. Gasoline is increasingly scarce, and as winter approaches, people are worried about shortages of food and heating oil. Streets are closed at a moment’s notice, traffic diverted, bridges shut down. Even longtime residents and taxi drivers get lost and have to weave in and out of parking lots to avoid barriers and dead-end streets. Shelling and machine-gun fire are so commonplace, children no longer react.

via Syrian War Reaches Damascus – NYTimes.com.

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4 thoughts on “Syrian War Reaches Damascus – NYTimes.com

  1. This same sense of “denial” seems to be fading even in neighboring countries. The Beirut car bombing killed a top Lebanese intelligence official that was strictly anti-al-Assad. Coincidence? Now Lebanon is worried that the Syrian conflict might develop into a full-fledged regional war (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/19/world/meast/lebanon-beirut-blast/?hpt=wo_c1). Turkey is fielding the same concerns, and has already stepped up its military capabilities to counter trans-border shellings. A crisis like the one in Beirut could easily tip the scales and push Turkey into war with Syria. If al-Assad really is behind the assassination in Beirut, who’s to know where he’ll stop? If political expediency requires additional meddling in Lebanon or Turkey, al-Assad probably won’t feel too nervous about the consequences. He also has allies in Iran and Russia. Syria may be the catalyst for eventual regional warfare, rather than Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, as many have predicted.

  2. n8hogan says:

    It is good news to me that the rebel cause is gaining ground in Syria and beginning to have success, but I am amazed at the cost that it has to come at. The United Nations Security Council has the responsibility and power to stop the death toll in Syria, but vetoes by China and Russia have stopped any attempt to help. It is very disappointing to see an organization like the United Nations, that has the capability to do so much good, unable to do anything because of the inability for the international community to come together, compromise, and do something about this violation of human rights.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/world/middleeast/russia-and-china-veto-un-sanctions-against-syria.html

  3. zoyakrup says:

    The civil war is spreading and the people are becoming accustomed to the fighting, making it seem like this type of war and violence is normal. Changes need to be made before it spreads all over Syria. The spread of this turmoil would cause greater hurt to Jordan’s economy and to its people. The amount of refugees is dangerously high and Jordan’s economy will not be able to hold all the refugees.

    Status of Jordans economy:
    http://www.albawaba.com/business/jordan-economy-445172

  4. With hindsight, we are beginning to see an end to the Syrian conflict, that is, we are beginning to imagine Assad’s end. As to where the conflict will go from there, we don’t really know. But these are the facts. Almost 3 Million Syrians have been thus far internally displaced. Half of a million are refugees from Syria. 40,000 are dead. To put that into prospective, the population of Orem is 90,000, So Half of Orem. As much as people hate Assad, I doubt they imagine that his death will end all fighting and remove all fear. This strangle-hold siege on Damascus has succeeded in large part, but the real source of victory has been the massive amounts of defectors the FSA receives. This is what the real result of the war is, the unification of the Syrians against Assad. More and more are not just thinking that what he is doing is wrong but actively acting on it. Again to put it into perspective as to why we should be not too surprised about this bloody revolution, it is estimated that 50,000 American casualties occurred in our own revolution, not including any other peoples. It should also be noted that about 42,000 British Sailors deserted during the war.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/07/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolutionary_War#Casualties

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