Last week’s featured article discussed government crackdowns continuing in Syria despite Assad’s promise to stop them. This week, Shawqi Musallam summarizes some of the ongoing conflicts in Syria between the government and protesters. Continue to consider the relevance of these events to the ideas of popular sovereignty and social contract. Despite violating his people’s rights and breaking his promises to them, Assad remains leader even though he has lost his right to govern in the eyes of the people of Syria.
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By Shawqi Musallam
Clashes continued in Syria last Thursday, leading to at least eight deaths, an opposition group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that five people were killed in clashes with security forces in Idlib. In one clash, four army soldiers were killed by gunmen who stormed a security checkpoint. Three people were killed in Homs. More than 3,500 Syrians have been killed since the government crackdown on protesters started in mid-March. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had recently promised to abide by an Arab League proposal to halt all violence, release all detainees, withdraw all armed elements from populated areas, and allow unfettered access to journalists and Arab League monitors.
I believe that these clashes should be resolved and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad should end the violence soon instead of promising it later. These clashes have killed many people, and they should have negotiations instead of fighting. If they don’t make a compromise soon then they might break down every thing they had.