Oct 7 2013, 6:07am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
The complete demolition of Syrian chemical weapons has started. Overseen by experts of an international hue, this process has delayed a US strike. The Syrian civil war has seen so many killed in cold blood that it defies the imagination. In excess of 120,000 people have died due to the internecine warfare that has raged on between Assad’s troops and the freedom fighters.
Iran and Hezbollah are covertly aiding Assad while the Sunni majority is helping the insurgents in their fight to end his rule. Meanwhile, an agency based in The Hague is overlooking the destruction of Syria’s chemical warfare arsenal by the Syrians themselves. These efforts induced from outside will continue till the middle of next year.
A member of a joint team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague and the United Nations, told Reuters that Syrian forces started "destroying munitions such as missile warheads and aerial bombs and disabling mobile and static mixing and filling units". But he also said, "Let it be clear that it is the Syrians who do the actual destroying while we monitor, observe, verify and report."
Yet despite the external interference, Bashar al-Assad’s forces will have an advantage over the rebel militias. At present, the ground forces have pretty much reached a state of equality though. Both sides are armed with both weapons and reasons for their stances of belligerence. It’s a case of the unstoppable against the immovable. Syria has been the record holder among the nations of the Arab Spring where the most bloodshed has occurred.
It is a tragedy that cannot be expressed in words. But Assad remains adamant that, unless the opposition forces lay down their arms, there will be no détente. He also thinks Russia is on his side. The solution seems to be nowhere in sight and so outside intervention has already begin to clean up the mess the country is in right now.
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