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What are the solutions to the Syrian crisis? Show more Show less
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The Syrian crisis is part of a wider conflict the origins of which can be traced back to the Arab Spring of 2011. The dissatisfaction of some of the countries in the Arab world with their corresponding governments had led to many anti-government protests demanding a better standard of living in countries such as Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Some of these countries were successful in creating significant regime change. However, and 9 years later with over 6.5 million nationals displaced and over half a million deaths; what solutions are there to a crisis happening in a country which has become a political playground for many belligerents?

Free and fair elections must take place Show more Show less

It is important that a new codified constitution is established in the country. This will allow the country to reach a Democratic resolution.
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A strong opposition party must compete in the race

Assad should legitimise the existence of a strong opposition party to support the legal and regulatory political framework.
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The Argument

A strong opposition party will not only allow the smooth running of the elections, but it also will continue to make sure the government is always held accountable to the electorate. [1]It will safeguard the rights and freedoms of the Syrian people which they have been deprived for a long time. A fair and just state can only be achieved when one political party does not hold all the power. In Syria, the Assad regime holds military and political power far greater than any opposing forces. The only path to a fair election and a truly democratic state would be if the Syrian people had realistic options. When the choice is one of the multitudes of small rebel groups or an all-powerful regime, there is not really a choice. If a strong enough opposition party were to emerge, it would set Syria on a better path to democracy by giving the people a choice.

Counter arguments

Opposition parties are why there is so much conflict in the first place; a stronger one will simply mean more intense conflict. Two opposing parties with relatively equal power will not lead to a fair and free election, it will lead to more violence than ever before. The violence of the conflict in Syria is already enormous, and giving one party more power will simply lead to more expansive violence. Diplomacy or de-weaponizing the regime would be much more effective than a powerful opposition party.

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Premises

[P1] The Syrian crisis can only be ended with free and fair elections. [P2] Elections can only be free and fair when there are multiple equal power parties. [P3] A strong opposition party is the key to solving the conflict.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] A strong opposition party will escalate the conflict, not end it.

References

  1. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-29/syria-opposition-parties/4913162

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