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Don’t Let Syria Become Another Genocidal War For The Sake Of Democracy

By Ahlem Ben Mohammed Nasraoui
Junior Reporter
TUNIS, Tunisia – Chemical weapons caught the interest of those in the developed
world intent on finding an urgent solution for the civil war in Syria.
We cannot deny the fact that the war and death germinated in
this area was fed by hatred, censorship, violence and abuse of human rights.
From my own prospective, in Tunisia, former President Ben Ali
was ousted because of his corrupt government and nepotism.
The so-called Arab Spring marked the determination of people who
were fed up with being slaves for a dreadful system.
Syrians are the same as Tunisians – on an infatuated search for democracy
and liberty.  These values and reasons
for revolution are not  only essential but fundamental.
Belonging to the Muslim world, I really know how the war on the
Taliban and terrorism– led by the United States Army in Iraq and Afghanistan –
affected us.
Most of the Tunisian youth are against the U.S. intervention in
Syria, as they believe that when the Americans depart, it will leave Syria worse
than it is now, vulnerable to attacks by terrorists, much like what happened in
This ghostly and not crystal-clear conflict involving jihadist
rebellions, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s loyal military forces and so many other third
parties only victimizes Syrians. These poor people are trapped in a ghoulish
rivalry while a soundtrack of political speeches that are nothing more than
gibberish plays in the background.
“War on terror” is like saying killing for peace is justifiable;
though U.S. President Barack Obama promised that a strike on Syria wouldn’t be
like America’s previous mistakes in the region.
As an exchange student in a program sponsored by the U.S. State
department, I learned that Americans are exhausted by increased taxes and that
the country itself is overwhelmed with demands for reform of both the health
care system and immigration policies.
I think the U.S. should not get involved in the masquerade in
Syria as it will worsen the human tragedy already taking place. Syrians are the
only ones who are going to pay if the U.S. military is involved in such
gimmickry, even it is wrapped in peace and democracy.
Even the media in Tunisia focuses on the Syrian crisis as it relates
directly to attracting youth to fight to topple Assad and his followers.
Meanwhile, many Tunisian men and women are lured into the trap
of thinking that Heaven will be their reward if they take part in a holy war to
defend the Islamic world from outsiders.
On the contrary, some Tunisians have already lost their lives
from joining in the fighting in Syria. I fear more will die if the Americans
get involved.


Peace, not violence and cruelty, is the true Islamic value.